Knole Park is open to all to enjoy. There are several pedestrian gates around the perimeter of the park and parking in the town centre to walk into the park. Together with Kent Police, Sevenoaks District Council and the Knole Estate, we are urging people to only visit Knole by car if you have a pre-booked ticket. For your own safety please ensure you keep a distance from the wild deer and avoid picnicking or dropping litter.
The deer at Knole are owned and managed by the Sackville family's Knole Estate. Whilst National Trust doesn’t manage the herd, or the entirety of the park, it’s important to us that our visitors have the best experience possible, so here are some do’s and don’ts.
Our enclosed picnic area is now open for use with social distance spaces between benches. Please use this area where possible for eating. We ask visitors to avoid picnicking in the park. Please take any litter home with you, do not leave it in the beautiful parkland. Barbecues are not permitted at Knole due of the risk of fire and potential to destroy the medieval deer park.
Deer can feel threatened by dogs even over long distances, so please keep your dog on a lead at all times and under close control. The park is a popular place for walking and a Site of Special Scientific Interest, so please make sure you always pick up after your dog; dog waste bins are available at the main entrance to the park and at the entrance to the Brewhouse Courtyard.
The wild deer herd is cared for by Knole Estate, with Deer Keeper Dom Andrews at the helm. Take a look at Dom's seasonal blog to find out more about these wild animals, highlighting the sights to look out for and how he cares for them and the ancient estate year-round.
Knole is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), which means that the park is a protected conservation area and we work hard to ensure it remains a thriving habitat for its range of wildlife. The park is made up of many different areas - acidic grassland, parkland, woodland and ponds - and each is home to a range of flora and fungi as well as a clutch of rare invertebrates.