Set at the heart of a magnificent 1,000 acre deer park, Knole is one of Kent’s hidden gems. An Archbishop’s Palace, a royal house and, from 1603 to the present day, the Sackville family home, Knole has remained largely unchanged for 300 years. It was the birthplace of Vita Sackville-West and the setting for Virginia Woolf’s novel ‘Orlando’. The park is the only remaining medieval deer park in Kent and it supports a herd of Sika and Fallow deer which are direct descendants of those which inhabited it in Tudor times. Although the park is enclosed to contain the deer, pedestrian access is welcomed throughout the year on the many footpaths which meander through the parkland. The Great Storm of 1987 caused huge devastation, 70% of the trees in the park were lost. 200,000 trees have since been planted and the abundance of decaying wood now provides a haven for wildlife. The park features several areas of rare and fragile anthills on acidic grasslands. These anthills reflect the long history of no ploughing or farming within the park and generations of ants have lived in their ‘ant villages’ for about 700 years! Wander through the park and discover the icehouse, listen out for the woodpeckers and admire the beauty of this timeless park, which has changed little since the early 17 th century.
(See National Trust Website for details)
• Tearoom (inc childrens menu)
• Party packs - family tracker packs for use within the park
• Children's house trail
Park entrance at south end of Sevenoaks town centre (A225), opposite St Nicholas' church. M25 jct 5 (A21)