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Landscape photo of Chartwell House and its gardens in Autumn.
England
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Kent
South East England
England
United Kingdom
Kent
South East England

Chartwell

Please be aware of government guidelines before setting off.

Government Guidelines
  • Chartwell is a great family day out, offering relaxing fun, learning and an opportunity to reconnect with nature. 
  • Check out the fun events they do there, like the 12 days of Christmas trail and the exhibitions curated, perfect for history lovers, artefact lovers and more. 
  • Don’t miss out on the walking trail experiences where you can interact with the natural landscape, play on some wooden beams, swings, and more.
  • Immerse yourself into the history of the gardens and house, from a Canadian WWII Camp to a bomb crater. 

Chartwell was the family home of Winston Churchill from 1922 until the end of his life. Thought to have been first built between 1515-1546, the rooms on the site have remained the same, much as they were when they were occupied. There are pictures, books and mementoes from Churchill, which evoke the career and diverse interests of the statesman, who also wrote and painted. Chartwell House has a special exhibition that gives deeper insight into the life of Churchill through 50 objects.

Part of National Trust Kent, and one of many great things to do in Kent, Chartwell reflects how Churchill loved the landscape and nature. With grounds spanning 80 acres, Chartwell is great for families wanting a day outdoors. Some beautiful features include the lakes that he created, the Marycot, the kitchen garden and a playhouse designed for his youngest daughter called Mary. There is an expanse of woodland beyond the garden which has looped trails and natural play areas, perfect for kids. You can do some den building, explore the Canadian camp or take the opportunity to walk around and enjoy your surroundings.

There are some fabulous activities that families can enjoy here while taking in the sights, fresh air and seasonal weather. From walking trails to audio guides of the site, to challenges and play areas, there’s something everyone can enjoy. There are important artefacts preserved and Winston Churchill books here, too, along with exhibitions.

If your kids are feeling energetic, there is a wooden beam they can have a go at balancing and walking on, swings engraved with the names of each of Churchill’s children, a bomb crater from WWII waiting to be explored and investigated. Make sure to bring a friend along so you can have a go at the seesaw, or have a go at playing in the dormhouse dens where the games are endless, let your imaginations go wild!

There’s a great range of wildlife to spot and enjoy too, from black swans that Churchill brought to Chartwell himself, to bees and butterflies, plus elegant doves, the Grey Heron and so much more, you could experience something different each time. 

Check out the fantastic family events they hold throughout the year like Christmas themed events, Bank holiday brunches, activities and more. 

What to know before you go 

  • On-site, there is Landemare Café, serving food and drink, fit for families and grown-ups alike.
  • There is also a picnic area that has tables next to the overflow car park, or you can enjoy a picnic on the slopes by the lakes for a beautiful view. 
  • There is a main toilet block situated behind the shop and an accessible toilet next to the visitor centre. There are more toilets situated in the garden, between the croquet lawn and walled garden.
  • There are baby changing facilities available situated just by the Visitor Centre and in the garden where the accessible toilets are.
  • Dogs are permitted within the gardens, provided they are on short leads. Your dog(s) are allowed off the lead only in the wider estate under close supervision. Plus, if your fluffy friends get thirsty, there are water bowls at the restaurant.
  • It is important to note that Chartwell is located on a hillside, so some visitors could experience difficulty navigating certain areas. So, there are a limited number of manual wheelchairs available for visitors to borrow on a first come first serve basis from the Visitor Centre.
  • The car park is around 250 metres from the house, and there is access to this through a sloping path and 24 shallow steps. There is also a mobility bus, which has a manual wheelchair tailgate lift for those struggling with the steps.
  • The shop and café are both accessible from the upper level of the car park.
  • There is a lift straight from the ground floor of the restaurant to the Mulberry Room, plus an accessible toilet.
  • The Drawing Room, Sitting Room, Library and Hall are accessible via wheelchair as they are on the ground floor. For the Lady Churchill's Bedroom, Corridor, the Medal Room, Museum Room, Studythose and Uniform room, there is a second wheelchair available on the second floor of the house for wheelchair access if visitors can use the stairs. For visitors who cannot make that journey, there is a virtual tour of these rooms.
  • There are braille and visually impaired guides which are available on request at the House. 
  • The property of the garden is not the easiest for wheelchair users because it is on a hillside, but there is a wheelchair accessible route to a viewing point for the garden.

Getting there

  • If travelling via train, Edenbridge Station, which is four miles away, and Oxted Station, which is six miles away, can both be accessed from London Victoria and London Bridge. Sevenoaks station, which is six miles away, has a fast train service that regularly departs from London Charing Cross, Waterloo East and London Bridge. There are taxi ranks outside both Oxted and Sevenoaks that can get you to Chartwell.
  • If travelling by bus, on summer Sundays and public holidays, you can get on the 246 London Bus route from Bromley North, which passes close to Bromley South train station, and this goes to Chartwell.
  • If travelling via road, once on the M25, join the A25 and follow the brown signs with the National Trust oak leaf. M25 anti-clockwise, then exit at junction six on the M25. From there, take the third exit at the roundabout to the A22. At the following roundabout take the first exit onto Oxted Road/A25. At the final roundabout, take the second exit onto A25 and follow this into Westerham. Turn right adjacent to Quebec House onto the B2026/Hosey Hill. Turn left off B2026 after 1.5 miles onto Mapleton Road and Chartwell is on the left a short way down. M25 clockwise: Exit junction five onto the M25 and continue onto Sevenoaks Bypass/A21. Merge onto Westerham Road/A25 via the slip road and follow the A25 into Westerham. Go left opposite Quebec House onto the B2026/Hosey Hill. Turn left off B2026 after 1.5 miles onto Mapleton Road and Chartwell is on the left a short way down.
  • Parking is included within your timed-entry ticket, which must be booked in advance online. It is advised that you arrive within your half an hour window, and there is a five minute early or late buffer.

Please follow the latest government guidelines if travelling by public transport.

Government Guidelines
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