Plan your group visit to Knole
We are now taking bookings for groups for 2024.
Visiting Knole in a group is a fantastic way to experience the 400 years of history on show. Since Knole is such a popular destination, group visits must be booked in advance. It's important to us that groups have a wonderful time during their visit, so we don't take group bookings at our peak times (weekends, bank holidays and during school holidays) due to high visitor volume.
We offer two group tours at Knole. Both are subject to guides being available so must be booked in advance of your visit. Each tour takes around 50 minutes.
The tours do not go into the showrooms. Admission tickets for free-flow visits to the showrooms and Gatehouse Tower are available separately.
Past to Present tour
Explore Knole’s historic courtyards with one of our expert guides and hear about some of the notable characters who have helped create this magnificent treasure house. Learn about the remarkable collection and see how Knole has continued to adapt into the 21st century.
Access: This tour takes place outside and visitors stand or walk throughout.
Cost: £5 per person (payable on the day)
Tour size: Minimum of 15 and maximum of 30 people per tour.
Visit some of Knole’s long-forgotten attic spaces and learn about the exciting discoveries made by our experts. Hear about some of the previous inhabitants and the graffiti they left behind. See the witchmarks that were carved into the building to protect Knole’s royal visitors.
Access: This tour takes place in the attics which are accessed via steep staircases and have uneven floors.
Cost: £75 per tour (payable on booking and non-refundable)
Tour size: Maximum of 10 people per tour.
- Group leader: Free admission
- Coach drivers: Free admission and a refreshment voucher for the Brewhouse Café
- Group rate available for pre-booked groups of 15 people or more
- A single payment on the day is required to cover all non-member admission and tour tickets
- Vouchers from travel companies are accepted prior by prior arrangement and are subject to credit checks
- Group leaders are not permitted to give tours or talks to their group in any indoor spaces
- Please allow 20-30 minutes from your arrival to your planned showroom admission or tour start time
- If anyone in your group has mobility issues please request our detailed accessibility information.
Who is eligible for free entry?
Registered tourist board guides (on production of a valid badge), coach drivers and tour leaders escorting groups of 15 or more. National Trust members also receive free entry, so it is at your discretion whether to refund the entrance fee to members if you have included it in your package – this is not refunded by the National Trust.
Members must bring their current membership cards with them to avoid paying the full group rate. If any of your group would like to join the National Trust please direct them to our Membership page or call 0344 800 1895.
Free familiarisation visits for group leaders
If you're planning a group visit you can request our free Travel Trade Pass and you and a friend or colleague will gain free entry to over 300 of our places throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland for 12 months. There’s nothing quite like seeing or experiencing somewhere for yourself to help you plan a successful visit. To receive your pass, call 0344 800 2329 or email us at NTTravelTrade@capita.co.uk.
Get in touch about bringing a group to Knole
All group visits must be pre-booked with a fully completed booking form. We start processing your booking when we receive a complete booking form. Please wait until you have received written confirmation from us about your group booking before finalising your plans.
Please contact us if you would like to discuss a booking or the current availability for your preferred visit date.
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.
Explore Knole's showrooms to see one of the rarest and most well-preserved collections of Royal Stuart furniture, paintings, objects and textiles – on show since 1605.
Browse the latest seasonal ranges and pick up something to brighten up your home and bookshelves at Knole. Pop into the Brewhouse Café for drinks, savoury snacks and sweet treats.
Plan an educational visit to Knole for an award-winning programme that supports learning across the history, science, art, music and geography curriculum. We offer educational visits throughout the academic year, and also offer a loan box and outreach programme.
If you’re planning educational group visits to National Trust places, then you could benefit from education group membership, giving you free admission for a year.
If you're travelling to the UK from overseas this year, buy a National Trust Touring Pass for entry to more than 300 places in our care. With 7-day and 14-day options available, the pass can be tailored to fit your trip. Discover where you can visit with the Touring Pass and how to buy yours.
Visiting us with a group? Then our answers to your frequently asked questions might help with any question you may have.