Knole – National Trust
near Sevenoaks, Kent
Average time spent – 2-3+ hours.
Things to do at Knole review
Knole Park is arguably the jewel in Sevenoaks crown.
Accessible from various points including what is known by locals as “the hole in the wall” along Seal Hollow Road the main entrance is at the top of the high street. It is hugely popular and you will often find the car park has been closed so it is worth checking their social media before you set off. You can park in Sevenoaks itself (I recommend Suffolk Way or Buckhurst car parks as they are cheaper) and walk or get a hopper bus in. Knole Park itself is free to enter, you can just walk in. National Trust members benefit from free parking or there is a daily fee.
Knole House is set among acres of ancient deer park where the deer roam free – please don’t feed them! Although there is no playground, kids love exploring all the woods have to offer and climbing the trees. Particular note is the dome of the old ice house which is hidden in the trees to the right of the car park as you are looking at the house.
As well as Knole House that you can explore and take in the 400 year history there is also the Orangery where there are often exhibitions – most recently they had The Tiger Who Came to Tea which was fabulous! A trip up the Gatehouse Tower will give fabulous views over the park and further afield. It is very steep though and single file – not one for those who don’t like heights.
I would recommend walking all the way round the house (you have to cross the golf club – just be careful of flying balls!) to take in the different aspects of both the house and park. You can peer through the gates at the garden that is only open to the public on selected days through the year.
Eating – The Brewhouse cafe is as you have come to expect from National Trust cafes, selling an assortment of hot and cold food and drink. There is also a smaller shop next door selling items to take away, drinks, ice creams and so on.
Facilities in brief – Ancient deer park, woods, ice house, house that you can explore, gatehouse tower and exhibitions. There are toilets, a shop and a cafe.
Entry price – *Mid-range. Free for National Trust members
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *The grounds are free but to visit the whole property it costs £15.50 for a standard adult ticket and £7.75 for a child. Under 5’s are free. You can purchase cheaper tickets depending on the time of year and what you want to do.
Opening: Knole is open for most of the year although not everything is open all year round. For up to date opening times and dates please follow this link.
Address: Knole House, Sevenoaks TN15 0RP, Kent, England. Phone: 01732 462100
Category – Great outdoors – suitable for all ages.
Written by Erica, writer at www.theincidentalparent.com
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