National Trust: Knole

National Trust: Knole
Knole, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 0RP
  • Telephone 01732 462100
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  • Website www.nationaltrust.org.uk/Knole
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National Trust: Knole

Knole is one of England’s most important, complete, yet fragile historic houses, set at the heart of Kent’s last remaining Medieval deer park. One-time palace to archbishops and former royal property of the Tudor dynasty, Knole, in Sevenoaks, was a place of extraordinary wealth and grandeur. Now over 500 years old, this National Trust house wears the marks of six centuries of history with quiet dignity.

This history is reflected nowhere better than in the curious collections housed at Knole. Spread across various state rooms, galleries and intriguing smaller spaces, Knole’s unrivalled collections of royal Stuart furniture, textiles, portraits and tapestries have gradually been worn by light, damp, pests and time. Nevertheless they retain a humble, faded glory, whilst pieces such as the rare silver furnishings of the King’s Room proudly attest to Knole’s more prosperous past.

In danger from the elements, the house is currently undergoing vital emergency repairs. We will cover some windows and may protect furniture and close certain rooms, but our mission is to show visitors the work we are doing and share the archaeological and architectural secrets we have discovered.

New at Knole in 2013 is the Estate Office, which contains Knole’s Hidden Histories exhibition. Workers on the estate tell their stories in our sound archive, while visitors can browse dossiers on the people who worked here and rummage through the drawers and furniture in the original estate office.

Free exhibitions throughout the year in the Orangery include textile, fashion, fine art and photography shows and Knole celebrates the 100th anniversary of Vita Sackville-West’s marriage here with a special exhibition in May.

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Events at this venue

There are 15 events at this location

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Boxing Day walk

Booking is not required.

Wed 26 Dec

Free / 01732 462100

Carol singing in the Great Hall

On selected weekend afternoons in December local choirs will be singing carols in front of the Great Hall tree, to get you in the Christmas spirit. Join the D'Vine singers from Sevenoaks on Saturday 8 and Sunday 16 December, and the Tonbridge Community Choir on Sunday 9 December. The choirs will be performing between…

Sat 8 Dec

Free Admission applies / 01732 462100

Sun 9 Dec

Free Admission applies / 01732 462100

Sun 16 Dec

Free Admission applies / 01732 462100

Children's ceramic bird feeder workshop

Get crafty this half term and decorate a ceramic bird feeder and bird decoration to take home and hang in a tree.

Tue 19 Feb 2019

Children £9 Booking essential / 01732 462100

Wed 20 Feb 2019

Children £9 Booking essential / 01732 462100

Children's deer decoration workshop

Design and paint your decoration, before adding a wooden deer and sequins to make a unique addition to your Christmas tree.

Sat 15 Dec

£3 Booking essential / 01732 462100

Sun 16 Dec

£3 Booking essential / 01732 462100

Christmas deer trail

Help Sally the squirrel collect all the sparkling decorations she needs to make her woodland Christmas tree look truly magical.

Sat 1 Dec

£5 / 01732 462100

Sun 2 Dec

£5 / 01732 462100

Mon 3 Dec

£5 / 01732 462100

…and 17 more dates until 20 Dec

Tue 4 Dec

£21.50–£23.50 Booking essential / 01732 462100

Wed 5 Dec

£21.50–£23.50 Booking essential / 01732 462100

Thu 6 Dec

£21.50–£23.50 Booking essential / 01732 462100

…and 9 more dates until 21 Dec

Deer keeping: Winter feed

During the winter Dom cares for Knole's 350-strong wild deer herd, ensuring they are well fed through the colder months when natural food isn't as plentiful in the park.

Sat 8 Dec

£10 Booking essential / 01732 462100

Sun 9 Dec

£10 Booking essential / 01732 462100

Sat 15 Dec

£10 Booking essential / 01732 462100

Sun 16 Dec

£10 Booking essential / 01732 462100

Gelli printing for beginners

Use a flexible gelli printing plate to learn how to layer colours and experiment with designs and textures, taking inspiration from Knole Park this spring.

Thu 21 Feb 2019

£19.50 Booking essential / 01732 462100

Guided walk: monumental trees

Join our guides for a walk to the boundaries of the park. Explore the woodland, learn about the ancient trees spread across the landscape and experience different views of the park and house.

Sat 23 Feb 2019

Free / 01732 462100

Luxury Christmas gift wrapping workshop with The Farmhouse Creative

This hands-on workshop will explore paper techniques, and wrapping various objects of different shapes and sizes. Learn how create your own seasonal embellishments.

Sat 8 Dec

£50 Booking essential / 01732 462100

Modern calligraphy for beginners with Judy Broad

At this beginners workshop, calligraphy expert Judy Broad will teach you how to use a dip pen and ink, and help you develop your own modern lettering style.

Sat 23 Feb 2019

£65 Booking essential / 01732 462100

New Year's Day walk

Discover more about the ancient parkland, understand its seasons and when and where to return to enjoy the seasonal changes.

Tue 1 Jan 2019

Free / 01732 462100

Volunteering coffee mornings

Knole's volunteers span a huge range of skills and there are many ways to get involved - ensuring visitors get the most out of a visit to our recently conserved showrooms, helping with school visits, welcoming visitors and providing tours.

Tue 20 Nov

Free Booking advisable / 01732 462100

Wed 16 Jan 2019

Free Booking advisable / 01732 462100

Fri 18 Jan 2019

Free Booking advisable / 01732 462100

…and 7 more dates until 12 Apr 2019

Willow Christmas wreath and decorations workshop

Create your own unique willow Christmas wreath and other willow decorations, such as angels and stars to hang from your Christmas tree. Bring your own embellishments or use some of the materials and greenery from Knole to add the finishing touches to your decorations.

Tue 4 Dec

£65 Booking essential / 01732 462100

Wed 5 Dec

£65 Booking essential / 01732 462100

Wreath making workshop with West Malling Flowers

All materials are supplied in this hands-on workshop, which will include a demonstration to help you create your own festive bow. Add beautiful decorations to complete your wreath. Hot drinks and mince pies included.

Thu 6 Dec

£65 Booking essential / 01732 462100

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