The park at Knole

Knole’s parkland 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 deer herd).

Knole in the autumn glow

Visiting Knole – Covid 19

We have now re-opened the car park at Knole to pre-booked ticket holders only. Together with Kent Police, Sevenoaks District Council and the Knole Estate, we are urging people to only visit Knole Park if you have a pre-booked ticket, in order to keep our local community, visitors and staff safe. 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.

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.

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.

Enjoying an ice cream in Knole Park

Picnics

Due to guidance for Covid-19 our enclosed picnic area, bins and outdoor seating are currently closed and unavailable for the public to use. We ask visitors to avoid picnicking in the park as our outdoor picnic area remains closed and we cannot provide enough bins at the present time to take your litter. 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.

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.

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.