What to expect from your visit to Knole

Be part of a 400 year old history of visiting Knole when you walk through the gates of Knole House. The parkland also offers the rare chance to walk within a protected conservation area. Although the park covers 1,000 acres, National Trust only manages 100 acres, with the rest owned and taken care of by the Sackville family’s Knole Estate (including the deer herd).

A magnificent, luxurious bedroom with four-poster bed, hung with red and gold cloth, oak panelled walls, tapestries on the wall and parquet floor

Make plans to visit Knole House as it reopens

Make plans to visit the showrooms at Knole again. Knole House is now open to pre-booked visitors to take in the splendour of the rooms and the historical collection.

Knole in the autumn glow

Visiting Knole parkland this autumn

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.

A herd of spotted, fallow deer with antlers graze and clean themselves in front of Knole, a large 14th century ragstone house

Wild deer herd at Knole

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.

Cheese scones

The Brewhouse Café at Knole

Enjoy some tasty refreshments at the Brewhouse Café and soak up the historic atmosphere from the roof terrace. We're sure they'll be something to tempt you from the seasonal menu.

A display of cosy rugs on the central table in the shop

Shopping at Knole - visit the new shop in Green Court

Plan a visit to Knole's new shop, bursting with seasonal items, homewares, souvenirs, tasty treats and pocket money toys. What will you choose to take home when you visit?

Enjoying an ice cream in Knole Park

Picnics

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.

Dog walking at Knole

Dog walking

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.

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

Drones

It is illegal to fly drones or remote controlled aerial devices at Knole.

Dom Andrews is Knole's park and deer keeper

Deer keeping with Dom 

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 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.

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