Learning with Knole
Knole offers an award-winning and diverse programme that supports learning across the history, science, art, music and geography curriculum for all ages. Our experienced Children and Young People team can help you plan to get the most out of your visit, whether it is facilitated by us or delivered by you. We can also bring Knole to you, through our loan box and outreach programmes.
Why choose Knole for an educational visit?
Knole is unique: an enormous medieval, Tudor and Jacobean mansion with a treasure trove of rare and precious items collected over hundreds of years. Set within the only remaining medieval deer park in Kent, there are plenty of opportunities to learn inside and out, engaging students of all ages whilst providing a fun day out too. At Knole we've a variety of resources on offer to help you deliver an engaging and interactive learning experience for students.
We offer educational visits throughout the academic year, 5 days a week. You can choose from a full day (10am-2.30pm) or some workshops can be delivered on a half day visit (10am-12pm or 12.30pm-2.30pm).
A summary of all the workshops on offer is below and you can also download a summary of all Knole’s education workshops
Please get in touch with our Children and Young People team at Knole to discuss your requirements further and enquire about dates.
Workshops for younger students
The following workshops are suitable for KS1 and KS2 students and can be run as a full day or half day session. A full day workshop costs £6 per student and a half day workshop costs £4.50 per student. Admission charges also apply.
Explore this magnificent 600-year-old house and its courtyards. Discover how the Tudors once lived in this hands-on session. Learning focus: Local history, English & Science.
Special needs visits
The Great Hall, Orangery and parts of the deer park are all wheelchair accessible. Our learning team will be delighted to organise specific activities, such as music, costume or handling sessions to suit the needs of your pupils.
School outreach visits
Knole’s learning team also offer an outreach programme to primary and secondary schools around Kent. These engaging sessions create an immersive learning experience with multi-sensory handling collections that span a range of topics.
The sessions last approximately half a day with a break in the middle. If there are two classes in the same year, you may wish to book one session in the morning and one in the afternoon to allow for interaction.
An outreach visit will cost £4.50 per pupil. Choose from any of the following themed boxes:
- Stone Age to Bronze Age: This prehistory session will focus primarily on school national curriculum on the KS2 topic, changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Bronze Age. This session will bring objects from the past into the classroom and encourage inspiration and enquiry skills.
- Changing Power of Monarchy: This session addresses the importance of understanding the effects of monarchical change on people and places in Britain, at Knole and the local area. This session covers the Tudor and Victorian periods and looks at the power of clothing, portraiture and royal symbols.
- Second World War: This session takes a look at Knole during the Second World War. Discover our mystery soldier and learn more about those who stayed behind on the home front.
Workshops for older students
The following workshops are interactive, engaging and fun but delve a bit deeper with more thought and analysis required from students. A full day workshop costs £6 per student and a half day workshop costs £4.50 per student. Admission charges also apply.
- Elizabethan England: Bring Elizabethan society to life, analyse the significance of ideas, individuals and developments. Explore economic, religious, political and cultural aspects. Learning focus: History, English and Art.
- Sketchbook and Art Observation: Take inspiration from Knole's internationally significant collection of paintings by Reynolds, Gainsborough and Van Dyck, 17th-century furniture and Jacobean architecture. Learning focus: Art and History.
Knole in a Box
This project will allow pupils to get practical experience with Knole’s handling collections, to introduce artefacts and historical enquiry in order to create a mini-museum exhibition. The multi-sensory objects and activities allow for cross-curricular skills to be developed and can be linked to other topic work within the classroom.
Topics for exhibition include:
- Stone Age to Iron Age
- First and Second World War Remembrance
- Power and Monarchy
Get in touch about bringing a school group to Knole
Please get in touch if you would like to know more about the learning team at Knole or our award-winning and diverse programme. We offer primary and secondary school visits as well as bespoke post-16 educational visits to Knole.
Frequently asked questions to help you plan your visit
When can we visit?
School visits take place throughout the academic year on weekdays. A full day visit runs from 10am to 2.30pm, or some workshops can be delivered on a half day basis, either 10am-12pm or 12.30-2.30pm. All visits start with an introductory talk and we recommend everyone brings a packed lunch.
How many students can we bring?
We can accommodate groups of up to 60 children per day. Enough adults need to accompany the children according to the following ratios: 1:4 for Reception, 1:6 for KS1, 1:8 for KS2, 1:10 for KS3. These ratios do not provide for one-to-one support.
All activities will be led by members of our experienced learning team who will be delighted to share their extensive knowledge of Knole with you. Please note however, that the behaviour of the students remains your responsibility at all times.
What are the admission prices?
Schools can get free admission by taking out an Educational Group Membership. This is an annual membership giving free access to all National Trust sites.
- Once you are a National Trust Education Group Member, you only need pay for the workshop element of your visit (detailed above). There are no additional charges for adults.
- Non-National Trust Education Group Members will be charged the workshop fees plus an admission charge (Adults £14.25, Children £7.15).
- Pre-booking is a condition of the Educational Group Membership.
Pre-booked groups get great benefits including reduced price admission, refreshments for the coach driver, free admission for the group leader and free parking for your coach.
Knole was built to impress. Come and explore the grandeur of its showrooms, the hidden secrets of the attics and the rooms Eddy Sackville-West called home in the Gatehouse Tower.