JUL 02,2013 - JUL 02,2013 (1 DAYS)
Knole House and Parkland
Opening Times: 10.30 - 17.00. 9 March - 28 July Tuesday - Sunday, 29 July - 2 September everyday, 3 September - 3 November everyday, 6 Nov. 22 Dec. Wednesday - Sunday. Gardens are open only on Tuesdays.
Admission Fees: House + Gardens : Tuesdays: 14 GBP (!), Other days: 15.50 GBP(!!). Garden only: 5 GBP. The Park grounds are available free for everyone to walk.
Orientation: a fantastic day out from London. Idyllic park, inspiring house and splendid grounds. You can mingle in very close unusual proximity with the deer !!!
Directions: from the Sevenoaks railway station you have to walk 15-20 minutes. Part of the way is a light uphill climb. Ask for Sevenoaks High Street. Knole House is situated almost in the end of Sevenoaks High Street - on your left. Many brown signpost will direct you to Knole grounds. After passing the Knole entrance - you have additional walk of 1-12 minutes until arriving to Knole House and Gardens.
Warning and orientation: The Knole House is exceptionally priced. You are not allowed to take pictures in the House itself. You are notified by this restriction ONLY after you've paid. Other similiar places allow photography even with a flash. I recommend avoiding the House and even the Gardens. Sorry if I sound rude or bossy but my offer is to concetrate on Knole Parkland. That's the reason I made this Tip Type as "Nature" and not as "History"... You can roam freely around the extensive ground for hours. There are many paths in this majestic place with beautiful rolling Kent countryside. Search the deer herd(s) for making rare pictures. The house is incredible and quite sombre. In the entrance you are entertained by a lively musical ensemble. Lots of interesting rooms which are still in near original condition. The portraits of the royal families and other notable political figures are astonishing. BUT, you are not able to take your memorable experience back home... You should also consider taking refreshments or food with you if you head out into the park. Do not come in a cold day !
For having lunch - head back to Sevenoaks High Street.
Knole House main entrance:
Music at Knole - Knole began as an archibishops palace built by successive Archibishops of Canterbury and enlarged by the Sackville family, the Earls & Dukes of Dorset. They retained band of musicians who played in the Great Hall of Knole Castle:
Knole House - seven centuries of Knole. History told in fabric. Made by tens of citizens:
Knole historic gardens:
Knole House and estate original offices:
There is a herd of deer in the park and they are extremely friendly, allowing people to get within a few meters of them without moving away.
Knole Park is a peaceful retreat. The parkland is vast and worth visiting throughout the year. Plenty of different paths to walk and plenty to spot if wildlife and nature are your interests. Can walk for hours.
Knole Parkland grounds - typical Kent countryside:
Zizzi Restaurant, 35 London Road, Sevenoaks
Zizzi is almost on the High Street. This long main road has plenty of eateries around. I found this restaurant elegant, welcoming, and pleasant. Friendly staff (chef, manager and staff members) with delicious Italian food. As I am sensitive to Gluten - it was a pleasant surprise to find out they serve Gluten-free pasta. Overall I had a good stay and meal at Zizzi Sevenoaks and would definitely recommend this restaurant for a lunch after your long visit in Knole House and Park premises.