The Tiger Who Came to Tea at Knole

Judith Kerr's illustration for a tiger who came to tea features a young girl with red hair and a blue dress, sitting next to a grinning tiger. The dates read Sat 9 Nov - Sun 5 Jan 2020

** This event took place in Nov 2019-Jan 2020, watch out for other future events on our homepage ** Judith Kerr's much loved 1968 classic is coming to Knole this autumn, Sat 9 November - Sun 5 January 2020. The crafty big cat has a place in the hearts of children and adults alike, who will love our parkland trail, dressing up and interactive play - there's even a life size tiger to cuddle. 

We’re delighted to present The Tiger Who Came to Tea 50th anniversary exhibition at Knole, making this autumn a very special one. The Tiger Who Came to Tea had sold over five million copies by 2008 and been translated into eleven languages. Set against the beautiful backdrop of Knole's Orangery, displays of Judith Kerr's illustrations will delight all tiger-loving generations.


Normal admission applies, under 5's and National Trust members are free. Please see our full list of admission prices on our homepage, family tickets are available.

Please note: The Tiger Who Came to Knole children’s parkland trail is a separate event costing £5 per child - every child taking part will receive a treasured stripey feline prize at the end. The trail runs 10am – 3pm, no booking required.

Family fun

Situated in Knole’s Orangery, little ones can enjoy dress-up and interactive play with a life-size tiger. Delve into the dressing-up chest and grab a mini stripy Tiger or Mog onesie, have fun making 'tea' in our fully interactive play kitchen, lounge on the bright orange beanbags and choose from a selection of books in our story corner, or have a go at some tiger puzzles and colouring in games.

For older ones, use iPads to explore Judith’s childhood through a film on her experiences of having to escape Germany before the Second World War, how it felt to be a refugee in Switzerland, then France before finally settling in London in 1936. (Run time: 12 minutes 30 seconds).

While you’re at Knole, why not try our accompanying children’s parkland trail? Inspired by the The Tiger Who Came to Tea, read the story as you follow the wooden deer around the park. Don't forget to return to the Visitor Centre to receive your present when you've finished the trail. See below for more ticket details.

Open every day | 10am - 4pm*

Join us every day of the week from Saturday 9 November - Sunday 5 January 2020, for tiger-themed fun. The Tiger Who Came to Tea anniversary exhibition offers the perfect opportunity for a weekend or half-term adventure, to blow the cobwebs away during the cooler months.

* Please note: last entry is at 3.30pm.

Please note if you are planning to visit on Saturday 16 or Sunday 17 November, the whole car park will be reserved for visitors who have tickets to a Knole’s Children’s Book Festival event.

" I determined never, ever to put anything in the text that the child could already tell from the pictures. Why should they struggle to read something they already knew?"
- Judith Kerr

Access for all

At Knole, we strive to make your visit as enjoyable as possible. Therefore we are pleased to provide disabled parking and toilet facilities, as well as ramps and smooth terrain for easy access. We also offer wheelchairs and a mobility scooter for hire from visitor reception, so you can enjoy venturing further afield. The exhibition takes place in the Orangery, which is accessed via a few steps, or alternatively there is a lift accessed via the shop.

The Tiger Who Came to Tea anniversary tour is funded by Arts Council England in association with Seven Stories.