Explore Knole Park

The vast expanse of Knole's parkland lends itself to a host of outdoor activities. It's a place for all ages and abilities and is popular with dog walkers, cyclists and runners. With 1,000 acres to explore, there's something to suit all kinds of walker and wildlife-watcher.

Knole Park in Kent is home to a wild deer herd

Wild deer herd

Knole is fortunate to be home to a 350-strong deer herd, which visitors enjoy seeing in their natural habitat all year round. While these beautiful creatures can appear to be friendly, they are wild animals - seen at their best from a respectful distance. They can move with great strength and speed and their behaviour can be unpredictable. Dogs must be kept under control and on leads at all times and be prevented from worrying or approaching the deer. Feeding or touching the deer is prohibited as it is dangerous. Litter and inappropriate food can seriously harm the deer. Never touch or move a young deer. If you touch a fawn, it may be abandoned by its mother as it doesn’t recognise their scent.

Dom Andrews is Knole's park and deer keeper

Deer keeping with Dom 

The deer are not looked after by the National Trust. They are cared for by Knole Estate’s Park and Deer Keeper Dom Andrews. If you would like to find out more about Dom’s work in the park, please take a look at his seasonal blog, which highlights the sights to look out for and how he cares for the wild deer herd and ancient estate year-round.

Dog walking at Knole

Dog walking

Deer can feel threatened by dogs even over long distances. Please keep your dog on a lead at all times and under close control. Please 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. There is very little shade in the car park. Please don't leave your four-legged friend in the car. Dogs are welcome in the courtyards and outdoor seating areas at Knole. Dogs are not allowed in any of the buildings, with the exception of assistance dogs. Water bowls for dogs can be found at the main entrance to the house and in the Brewhouse Courtyard.

Set off on a self-guided walk of Knole Park, Kent. Pick up a map in the Visitor Centre.

Park walks

Join our park walk volunteers for a guided tour every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday (subject to availability). The walks set off from outside the Visitor Centre at 2pm and take in the highlights of the park in approx. 45 minutes. A map of the park with self-guided walks is available to pick up from the Visitor Centre or you can download and print the map at home. It includes a woodland ramble suited to families, a walk around the edges of the park to spot the famous seven oaks, and a wheelchair and pushchair friendly tour of the park’s highlights.

Enjoying an ice cream in Knole Park

Picnics

Visitors are welcome to enjoy a picnic in the park year-round but barbecues are prohibited. There is an enclosed picnic area with tables, bins and seating, located close to the car park overlooking the park. We recommend using this area to avoid attracting attention from the deer.

A mobility scooter is available to pre-book to use in Knole Park

Mobility scooter

A mobility scooter is available to pre-book to use in the park. Please contact 01732 462100 for more information. Booking is essential at least 24 hours in advance. Full access information about visiting Knole can be found under 'facilities and access' at the top of our website.

Drones or remote controlled aerial devices cannot be flown in Knole Park.

Drones

Drones or remote controlled aerial devices cannot be flown in the park.

Embark on a bike ride to explore Knole Park, Kent.

Bicycles

Enjoy a cycle ride through the park but please take care as the ground is bumpy and uneven. Please use a park map (available in the Visitor Centre) to avoid the golf course. A bike rack can be found on the edge of the car park next to the picnic area.

Please avoid the golf course when walking in Knole Park.

Golf course

Within Knole Park is Knole Park Golf Club. A map of the park is available from the Visitor Centre, which highlights the golf course. We suggest you use this to help you avoid the golf course during your visit. Please take care if you do walk in this area and don't interrupt play.

Knole Park is home to many species of funghi

Site of Special Scientific Interest 

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.

Climb a fallen tree in Knole Park, Kent.

50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ 

Discover the top things to do at Knole as part of the National Trust's 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾, from geocaching to den building and wild art. Get outdoors, tick off some exciting activities and don’t forget to share your photos with us!