Visiting Knole this summer

With warmer weather and lighter days now with us, we're basking in the glow of summer at Knole and we're pleased to invite you to enjoy a traditional Knole experience again. We hope you enjoy your visit and make the most of the season.

PLEASE NOTE: 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. 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.

To guarantee entry, please pre-book to visit Knole and to use the National Trust car park. On quiet days, we may be able to admit you without a booking. Please speak to our team at the Gatebox.

Knole's Orangery is a beautiful space to explore
The orangery at Knole
Knole's Orangery is a beautiful space to explore

The car park

Open daily 10am-5pm

The car park is reserved for National Trust members and paying visitors to the house. Everyone will need to pre-book (per person) and there will be an additional £5 charge for parking for non-members. Non-members will no longer be able to just book just a car parking space.

Please do not drive to Knole unless you have pre-booked a ticket as you will not be able to use the car park. We're using timeslots to spread the arrival of visitors throughout the day 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. 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.

The mighty leopard - the Sackville's symbol - appears throughout Knole, especially in the Great Staircase
A grand staircase richly decorated with painted walls displaying the Five Senses, Seven Virtues & Four Ages of Man, with a large carved wooden leopard sitting on top of a stairpost
The mighty leopard - the Sackville's symbol - appears throughout Knole, especially in the Great Staircase

Take a walk around the showrooms at Knole House 

Knole is home to one of the rarest collections in the world. Royal Stuart furniture, paintings and textiles fill the historic interiors, on show to visitors since the 1600’s. Knole has been a show house ever since Thomas Sackville first acquired it in 1605 and the incredibly rare collection survives for visitors to explore today.

Take a virtual tour of Knole

Take part in summer holiday activities

If you've kids to entertain this summer then why not plan a trip (or two) to Knole. We've various activities to try out, from a spotter trail in the house and Family Monday events to join. Ask the team in the Visitor Centre about the sports equipment we have for you to borrow whilst you're here too. 

Take a look at everything on offer and either pack a picnic or treat yourself to a lunch at the Brewhouse Café.

Visit the Royal Oak Foundation Conservation Studio

Every Wednesday to Saturday from 11am-4pm, you can visit the Royal Oak Foundation Conservation Studio at Knole. Located in the barn by the Brewhouse Café, call in to see what projects are currently underway. As one of two conservation studios with the National Trust, there's always something interesting to see and a volunteer will be on hand to let you know what's happening. You can also take a peek into the conservation store to see how we store precious objects.

Conservators at work at Knole, Kent
Conservators at work in Knole, Kent
Conservators at work at Knole, Kent

As with visiting the showrooms at Knole, once you are at Knole you can visit The Royal Oak Foundation Conservation Studio at anytime. If you are intending to drive to Knole and use the National Trust car park, you will need to pre-book tickets per person, as if you're visiting the house. Non-members will also need to pay £5 for parking. If you only wish to visit the Royal Oak Foundation Conservation Studio and you aren't a National Trust member, you may prefer to park in the multi-storey car park in Sevenoaks and walk through Webb's Alley into Knole Park.

Visit the Royal Oak Foundation Conservation Studio at Knole
The new gabled roof put in place in 2016 at the barn, Knole, Kent
Visit the Royal Oak Foundation Conservation Studio at Knole

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. 

We would be grateful if you could help us by taking your litter home with you and disposing safely.

Only planning on visiting Knole Park?

If you're a non-member who is only planning on visiting Knole 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.

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.

Shopping at Knole

We've a unique shopping experience at Knole with two shops to visit in Green Court. Come in to the gift shop to browse the new season ranges, Knole souvenirs, National Trust food and drink items and goods made by local craftspeople. We've plenty of pocket money toys, picnic rugs, flasks, toys and fashion items for the summer months, as well as many favourites such as jams, biscuits and blankets.

The bookshop at Knole

There's also the bookshop at Knole, full of brand new books (we don't have a secondhand bookshop) where you can browse the shelves daily from 11am-5pm. There's a dedicated children's section, books by authors connected to Knole and many popular National Trust publications.

Knole's bookshop takes its inspiration from the rooms of Eddy Sackville-West
The bookshop at Knole, Kent.
Knole's bookshop takes its inspiration from the rooms of Eddy Sackville-West

The Brewhouse Café

The Brewhouse Café serves hot and cold food, snacks, cakes and an assortment of hot and cold drinks. You can expect to find sandwiches, soup, jacket potatoes, sausage rolls, cakes, bakes and pre-packaged goods on offer. It's open from 10am to 5pm (the courtyard gates will be closed at 4.30pm so the last few visitors can be served).

Take a seat indoors, or up on the Rooftop Terrace or wander over to the picnic area for a different view of the park.

Relax in the Brewhouse Café at Knole
Relax in the Brewhouse Café at Knole
Relax in the Brewhouse Café at Knole

Toilets

Toilet facilities can be found in the Royal Oak Foundation Conservation Studio building by the Brewhouse Café, including disabled toilets and baby-changing facilities. There are further toilets in Green Court.

Lockers

Please remember that large bags can't be taken into the showrooms. We recommend you use the visitor lockers in Porters Lodge which are available for use again. Please speak to a volunteer when you arrive for directions. You will need a £1 coin to operate the locker which will be returned to you when you leave.

We look forward to welcoming you to Knole.