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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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  • Admission applies

Hidden above the grandeur of the showrooms lie Knole's attics - sometimes inhabited but more often used for storage, these spaces have evolved over the centuries with each generation. These behind the scenes tours will take in the decorated ceilings, graffiti, witchmarks - also known as ritual protection marks - and artefacts found in the Retainer's Gallery, South Barracks and Upper King's Room. Conservation work has been left visible in places, laying open the bare bones of the house and exposing the craftsmanship underlying its structure.

Normal admission applies. Please pre-book an Outdoor and Tower ticket per person. Car parking is included in the normal admission.



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The basics

Booking details

Call 0344 249 1895


Content is aimed at an adult audience, children welcome at parents discretion.

Meeting point

Please go to the Visitor Centre on arrival to exchange your ticket for a tour pass. The visitor welcome team will direct you to the meeting point for your tour.

What to bring and wear

Attic tours explore some of Knole's long forgotten areas. Please wear comfortable and flat footwear. You will be asked to leave any large bags and rucksacks in lockers.


Please expect steep staircases and uneven floors in places. The attics are not accessible for wheelchairs or pushchairs. If you require a carer, please call us on 01732 462100 to arrange this.


Tours will start promptly at 11.30am. Due to the attics location it will not be possible to join tours after 11.30am. Please ensure you arrive in plenty of time to park and collect your tour pass from the Visitor Centre. We recommend arriving at Knole no later than 11am. It is not possible to issue refunds for tours if you are unable to attend or arrive after the tour has started. Numbers are strictly limited on these exclusive tours. Please ensure you book a ticket for every member of your party. It will not be possible to purchase additional tour tickets on the day of your visit. Please note that attics tours do not include entry to the showrooms or car parking.

Upcoming events


Walking with The Snowman™ at Knole 

Inspired by Raymond Briggs' timeless festive tale, The Snowman™, this winter at Knole you can discover 12 giant The Snowman™ sculptures in the parkland and courtyards.

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1 Dec 2023 to 7 Jan 2024
10:00 to 16:00
+ 35 other dates or times

Christmas in the showrooms at Knole 

Discover sparkling trees and rooms decorated with inspiration from 'The 12 Days of Christmas'.

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1 Dec to 23 Dec 2023
11:00 to 16:00
+ 22 other dates or times

Deer keeping: Winter feed 

Join Dom Andrews, Knole Estate's Park and Deer Keeper, for a winter morning feeding session for Knole's deer herd.

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2 Dec to 3 Dec 2023
09:30 to 10:30
+ 1 other date or time

Carol singing at Knole 

Join some of our local community choirs for carols in the Great Hall and Green Court this December.

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2 Dec to 16 Dec 2023
14:20 to 15:00
+ 2 other dates or times