The park at Knole

The vast expanse of Knole's parkland lends itself to a host of outdoor activities. Although the park covers 1,000 acres, National Trust only manages 100 acres, with the rest taken care of by Lord Sackville's Knole Estate (including the deer herd). It does get very busy at weekends, school and bank holidays, and we advise avoiding visiting at these times.

Knole in the autumn glow

Closures at Knole

In light of the current guidance for Covid-19 (coronavirus), Knole will be closed from Wednesday 18 March. The welfare of our visitors, volunteers and staff will always come first and with that in mind Knole house, Brewhouse Café, shops, car park and toilet facilities will all be closed.

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

It’s hard to miss the 350-strong wild sika and fallow deer herd in Knole's surrounding parkland. 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 when spending time on the 100 acres that we do manage, so here are some do’s and don’ts.

An A-frame sign reading 'Car park closed - full' sits at the top of Knole's drive with a blue car passing it

Weekend Visits to Knole

Weekends and school holidays are our busiest days at Knole and cause car park and café closures – we recommend visiting neighbouring properties at these peak times. Find out more …

Dom Andrews is Knole's park and deer keeper

Deer keeping with Dom 

The wild deer herd is cared for by Lord Sackville's 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. * There is no shade in the car park, so please don't leave your four-legged friend in the car. * Dogs are welcome in the courtyards and outdoor seating areas at Knole, but 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.

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 Monday - Saturday 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.

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.