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, it wears the marks of six centuries of history with quiet dignity.
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
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.
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.
information about facilities (including the Brewhouse Tearoom), 2013 events,
entry fees and opening times, or Knole in general, please visit our website at