If you are looking for a day out in Kent look no further than Knole Park in Sevenoaks. It is the perfect combination of stately home, fascinating history, woodland adventure and wild deer spotting!
Address of Knole Park
The entrance to Knole Park sits in the middle of Sevenoaks and covers over 1000 acres of parkland. Use postcode TN13 1HX which will take you to the entrance gates.
As you make your way down the drive get your deer stalking hat! Take in the grandeur and beauty of one of the most fabulous stately homes in the National Trust collection!
History of Knole park
Half of Knole Park is run by the National Trust and the other half is still retained by the Sackville family. The Sackville’s have owned the house and grounds since 1603.
Knole Park’s history actually dates back much further than that. It was originally owned by the Archbishops of Canterbury and then acquired by Henry VIII.
Knole Park was also the inspiration of Virginia Woolf’s novel Orlando and featured in the music video for The Beatles track Strawberry Fields Forever.
Knole Park House
Visit the official National Trust website for accurate details of when and what in Knole is open.
You can purchase a ticket to visit the house (when open) or simply opt for a parking only ticket. This is set at £5 (for one car – 2021). This grants you access to the car park, Stone and Green Court and the grounds. Tickets only available when pre-booked.
Grounds of Knole Park
There are three marked trails you can follow around the grounds all around 5 km long. One goes through the woodland, one follows the boundary of part of the park and one follows a flatter, more open path through the park.
The walks are all beautiful. They offer lots of opportunities for the kids to climb and crawl through ancient fallen trees. Plus they can have a go at building their own bivouacs!
However, the real magic is when you spot a herd of wild sika or fallow deer that happily and freely roam the parklands.
However, remember the deer are wild animals so please refrain from touching or feeding the deer. Watching them is exciting enough!