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Heritage Open Day at Knole

Celebrate Heritage Open Day at Knole this year with free entry for all in the showrooms and Gatehouse Tower on Monday 9 September.

  • Booking advisable
  • Free event

Heritage Open Days is England's largest festival of history and culture, bringing together local people, organisations, and thousands of volunteers. Every year, people come together across England to celebrate their heritage, community, and history.

On Monday 9 September only, admission to Knole will be free for all. This includes to the showrooms, Gatehouse Tower and car park. Pre-booking is recommended to guarantee entry and booking for Monday 9 September will go live Thursday 15 August.

Conservation Week will be running at Knole from Monday 9 to Sunday 15 September, during which we highlight how items in Knole's collection are cared for, with visitors being able to see the Collections team at work in the showrooms.

Discover the story of Vita Sackville-West's life at Knole through to her wedding and subsequent (bittersweet) departure in 1913. This story will be brought to life around you with a new multi-media tour guiding you through key moments in Vita's life. Around the showrooms you'll find detailed paper sculpture recreations of the dress worn by Vita at her wedding as well as other outfits, all designed and created by artist Denise Watson, of Delicarta, 'bringing paper to life'. There is also a rare chance to see the original manuscript of 'Orlando', which will be on show in the Ballroom.

Showrooms and Gatehouse Tower are open 11am-4pm, last entry 3.30pm. The Brewhouse Café is open 10am-5pm, last orders 4.30pm.

Times

The basics

Booking details

Call 0344 249 1895

Suitability

Suitable for all.

Meeting point

Please head to the Visitor Centre before visiting the showrooms and Gatehouse Tower.

Accessibility

Lifts are available to access the Orangery and the gift shop. Brewhouse Cafe and Royal Oak Conservation Studio are fully wheelchair accessible. The Great Hall in the showrooms is accessible to wheelchair users. Access to the rest of Showrooms is via a staircase. Access to the Gatehouse Tower is via 77 steep spiral steps only. Contact 01732 462100 to discuss any access needs.

Upcoming events

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Attic tours 

Hidden above the showrooms lie Knole's attics. Join a behind the scenes tour to explore these spaces and see a different side to Knole.

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21 Jun to 14 Dec 2024
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11:30 to 12:15
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Toddler Mondays at Knole 

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24 Jun to 16 Dec 2024
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10:00 to 12:00
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