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Explore National Trust’s Knole Park

National Trust is celebrating 125 years in 2020. They’ve spent over a century preserving nature, history and beauty. Ensuring that generations to come can experience wonderful sites up and down the country. And Knole Park is one such site. If you plan to visit I’ve got some practical advice on how you can explore National Trust’s, Knole Park. From information on how to get there, costs and what to see and do. Plus a lot of deer photo spam too.   

About Knole Park 

So if you’re not too familiar with Knole Park, or you’ve never heard of it before, don’t worry. I hadn’t heard of the site until a few years back when Dan suggested we visit one weekend. It’s now become a firm favourite of ours and we’ve been a number of times over the years. The park is Kent’s last medieval deer park and the wild deer herd have over 1,000 acres to roam around. Although National Trust only manages 100 acres of it. I found it so much nicer to explore than Richmond and unlike there you’ll see the deer almost as soon as you set foot in the park. Good news for dog lovers and owners too. Dogs are very much welcome at Knole Park. But obviously, due to the free-roaming deer, they have to be kept on leads at all times. The only area which dogs are not allowed is Knole and its formal gardens.   

What is there to see and do in Knole Park? 

If you live in London and want to head to open spaces Hyde Park or Richmond Park are usually the suggestions you’ll get. And if you want to spot some wild deer, the latter is always a favourite. But head a little out of London to Sevenoaks and you’ll get both. The main attraction to Knole Park is, of course, the huge herd of wild deer that call it home. As soon as you step into the park, you’ll see groups of deer everywhere. The deer actually let you get pretty close, so you can get some great photos of them. Similar to other deer parks around the country, Knole Park does advise you not to feed or pet them, as they are still wild animals

Whilst you’re there you may also wish to see the Gatehouse Tower, Knole Attic and the Great Hall at Knole. It sits, very impressively I might add, within the grounds of the park. But if you want to head inside non-members do have to pay entry. With Gift Aid admission costs £17.10 for an adult and £8.55 for a child. There is also a family ticket available for £42.75. 

Where is Knole Park? And how can I get there?  

A group of deer in National Trust's Knole Park

Knole Park is located in Sevenoaks, in Kent and is extremely accessible using public transport and by car. I’ve tried and tested both driving and using trains and they’re both super simple to do. Trains from central London run to Sevenoaks frequently. And once you’re at the station Knole Park is only a short walk away. There are also buses in the area that you can catch to get to the park too. If you plan on driving just be aware that some sat navs will not take you to Knole using the postcode. National Trust recommends using the postcode TN13 1HX.  

Is Knole Park free to visit? 

Women (Sage) taking a photo of the camera man in Knole Park

Knole Park is free to visit, although you will have to pay for parking if you’re not a National Trust member. Which hopefully I will be this year! On our last visit, we paid £5 to park onsite. If you want to skip the expense there is parking in the area, but it’s pretty competitive trying to find a space, especially of a weekend. 

Until next time.

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