Vita Sackville-West, Knole House & SissinghurstThe Bloomsbury Group & Knole House

Full Day - £350.00 (up to 5 people)

Half Day - £200.00 (up to 5 people)

Tour Itinerary


Charing Cross/Blackfriars

Train from London Charing Cross or Blackfriars station

Sevenoaks Station

Arrive at Sevenoaks Station

Knole House

Arrive at Knole House, visit house and gardens including optional highlights tour (booking required).


Enjoy a picnic supplied by Potted History Tours or have lunch at the onsite cafeteria.

Depart for Sissinghurst Castle

Travel to Sissinghurst - approximately 50 minutes driving time.

Arrive at Sissinghurst Castle & Gardens

Visit the world-famous garden 'rooms', enjoy beautiful views from the top of the 16th century tower, including exhibition space and Vita's personal study, and see the newly opened South Cottage (timed tickets only - booking essential).

Depart for Staplehurst station

Depart for Staplehurst station and train back to London (arrive approximately 19:20 at London Charing Cross).

Knole House

Vita was born in 1892 at Knole House and spent a happy childhood there until the death of her father in 1928 when she was 36. The family followed the usual English aristocratic inheritance customs, which prevented Vita from inheriting Knole Knole on the death of her father. The house followed the title, and was passed instead to her uncle Charles. In her own words, losing Knole nearly broke her heart.

A "calendar" house, Knole is reputed to have 365 rooms, 52 staircases (very few of them leading where you want to go, as Horace Walpole noted in 1752), 12 entrances and seven courtyards.

Did You Know...

In 1566, during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, Knole House came into the possession of her cousin Thomas Sackville, whose descendants the Earls and Dukes of Dorset and Barons Sackville have lived there since 1603.

Tickets Pricing & Booking

Full Day Tour - £350.00 (up to 5 people)
10.30am - 17.30pm
20% deposit payable at time of booking.

Half Day Tour - £200.00 (up to 5 people)
10.30am - 14.30pm or 14.00pm - 17.30pm
20% deposit payable at time of booking.

Knole House Opening Times

Gardens are open on Tuesdays ONLY from April to September.
Knole House open every day from 10:00 until 17:00 in summer, 16:00 in winter.
Highlights tours run from 11:00-12:00. It's best to book for these.
Showrooms open Tuesday to Sunday 12:00 – 16:00 from 27 March to 4 November. .
Park is open dawn to dusk all year round.

They say...

“It's silly to mind, I know, but I do mind... Why should stones and rooms and shapes of courtyards matter so poignantly?”
Vita Sackville-West on Knole House

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