Visiting Knole this spring

With the promise of warmer weather and longer days ahead, we're full of the joys of spring at Knole. We're also looking forward to opening up more of Knole to visitors in line with government guidance over the coming weeks. Whilst we can't yet invite you to enjoy a traditional Knole experience, the park is still open for local visitors to enjoy a walk and some fresh air. We hope you enjoy your visit and make the most of the season.

PLEASE NOTE: From Tuesday 6 April there may be some disruption to your visit due to works being carried out by South East Water to install a new water main in Knole Park. Please allow extra time for your journey. Find out more here.

Knole opening hours

The National Trust facilities at Knole are open every day from 10am - 5pm. Knole Park is open from dawn to dusk for pedestrians. National Trust staff will be on duty at the Gatebox from 10am-5pm. This is the building at the top of the drive when you arrive by car at Knole.

What to expect at Knole this spring

In line with Government guidance, most indoor spaces at Knole remain closed. At present, the car park, limited toilet facilities, courtyards and Brewhouse Café (takeaway only), visitor centre and shop are open. Knole House, the Gatehouse Tower, Conservation Studio, Orangery and bookshop are closed.  

Over the coming weeks we will be working to open up these indoor spaces, following the deadlines and guidance outlined by the Government. Please watch out for announcements as we do this. In the meantime, rest assured that our team are working to make our indoor facilities Covid-secure ready for opening.

 

A mum and dad play with their young daughters in a sunny, wintry parkland with Knole in the background

The car park

Open daily 10am-5pm

In order to allow access to the park, the car park at Knole is open to pre-booked visitors only. Members can park for free and non-members will need to pay to park. Everyone must pre-book to visit.

Please do not drive to Knole unless you have pre-booked a car parking space as you will not be able to use the car park. Entry will be on a timed ticket basis to avoid congestion at the main entrance.

At the discretion of our team at the Gatebox, on weekdays it may not always be necessary to pre-book. To guarantee entry, we recommend you do.

Be aware of local parking restrictions

In November 2020, Kent County Council introduced local parking restrictions in residential and side roads around Knole Park which are in place through to May 2021. Officers are also patrolling these roads at weekends issuing fines. This is in response to dangerous and obstructive parking by a number of visitors to Knole Park. The decision has been made by the local authority following complaints from Sevenoaks residents.

Please park considerately to local residents. If you're planning on visiting Knole Park and haven't pre-booked a space in the National Trust car park, we recommend you park in the multi-storey car park in Sevenoaks. The sat nav post code is TN13 1LW. Follow the AA signage from the motorway and all major routes that lead to Sevenoaks, then look out for local signage to the town centre car park. Access to Knole Park is a short walk from here down Webb's Alley.

Knole House and the showrooms

Over the winter months, the House and Collections team have been working hard to carry out their essential work and conservation cleaning tasks. Whilst we are unable to open the house at the moment, we plan to do so as soon as possible. In the meantime, why not take a virtual tour of Knole and start to plan your visit for when we open.

Take a virtual tour of Knole

 

The Courtyards

The Courtyards are now open for visitors to enjoy from 10am to 5pm. Take a stroll around Green Court and Stone Court, noticing the architecture, stonework, clock tower, statues and sculptures.

Green Court is the largest of the courtyards at Knole
Image of a large expanse of green grass with a statue in the middle against the backdrop of Knole's ragstone walls, interspersed with windows, towers and decorative gables
Green Court is the largest of the courtyards at Knole

The shop

The shop at Knole is now open. Come in to browse the spring ranges, Knole souvenirs, National Trust food and drink items and goods made by local craftspeople. You can also browse the full National Trust collection online.

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Choose some stylish new accessories to add to your home from the shop at Knole
A display of cosy rugs on the central table in the shop
Choose some stylish new accessories to add to your home from the shop at Knole

The Brewhouse Café

The Brewhouse Café and picnic area are open. The café is offering a limited take-away service again from 10am to 5pm (the courtyard gates will be closed at 4.30pm so the last few visitors can be served). You can expect to find sandwiches, soup, sausage rolls, cakes, bakes and pre-packaged goods on offer. Please observe the social distancing measures we have put in place and use the hand sanitiser outside before entering.

From late November to early March, the cafe was closed due to overcrowding and lack of compliance with government guidance on social distancing. Please help us keep the café open now by maintaining social distancing and adhering to the rules on numbers allowed to gather outdoors over the coming weeks.

Pick up a coffee
Woman holding takeaway hot drink
Pick up a coffee

Toilets

Limited toilet facilities are open, including disabled toilets and baby-changing facilities in the Conservation Studio by the Brewhouse Café.

Please note the toilets will close for a short period twice a day to enable cleaning in line with Covid enhanced hygiene procedures to keep you safe. The gates to the Brewhouse Courtyard, where the toilets can be found, will close at 4.30pm and the toilets will close at 5pm to anyone remaining inside the courtyard area. Please allow plenty of time to queue for the facilities.

Access to the park

Open all year round, dawn to dusk.

Visitors can access Knole Park via the many pedestrian gates around Sevenoaks. The multi-storey car park in Sevenoaks town centre (postcode TN13 1LW)  is just a short walk from the park. Although the park covers a large area, please be mindful of social distancing and keep away from busy areas where groups can congregate.

During these unprecedented times, the team at Knole are working hard to keep everyone safe and to keep the park litter-free. We would be grateful if you could help us by taking your litter home with you and disposing safely.

Deer wander through Knole Park outside the West Front entrance of Knole in Sevenoaks, Kent
Deer wander through Knole Park outside the West Front entrance of Knole in Sevenoaks, Kent
Deer wander through Knole Park outside the West Front entrance of Knole in Sevenoaks, Kent

The deer

The wild deer herd are managed by the Sackville family's Knole Estate. Please keep a safe distance from them. Do not feed or approach them and walk away if they approach you. Please watch out for the deer and drive slowly when you're leaving.

We look forward to welcoming you to Knole. Please note that these dates are subject to change if government guidelines changes as the weeks unfold. Please keep safe and keep your distance from others.