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Notice: Sunday 21 December - Chartwell house is open for the Christmas Choir performances only. Performances are at 11am, 12.30pm and 2pm. Tickets can be purchased from the Visitor Centre at £10.00 per person.

Family home and garden of Sir Winston Churchill

Chartwell was the much-loved Churchill family home and the place from which Sir Winston drew inspiration from 1924 until the end of his life.

The rooms remain much as they were when he lived here, with pictures, books and personal mementoes evoking the career and wide-ranging interests of a great statesman, writer, painter and family man. Additionally, every winter we put on a new temporary exhibition to explore Churchill in more detail and draw items out of storage.

The hillside gardens reflect Sir Winston’s love of the landscape and nature. They include the lakes he created, the kitchen garden and the Marycot, a playhouse designed for his youngest daughter Mary.

Beyond the gardens there is an expanse of woodland with looped trails, natural play areas and swings. There's den building, a Canadian camp and opportunities to stretch your legs.

Please note: The house is closed weekdays in December with selected rooms open on weekends before Christmas. Please see our event information for more details as some weekends are pre-bookable only.

Death of a Hero

The state funeral of Winston Churchill ©

The state funeral of Winston Churchill

From November 15 visit our winter exhibition as we mark the 50th anniversary of the death of Sir Winston Churchill. See the display at Chartwell commemorating his passing , the funeral and his enduring legacy that still stands today and will do for future generations.

Business as usual

Delight in a refreshing winter walk © NTPL/Chris Lacey

Delight in a refreshing winter walk

Visit us after Christmas and walk off that turkey and pudding. The gardens are open every day along with the café, shop and our new exhibition. With tours of the studio in Februrary there is plenty to see and reflect on in the new year.

A Chartwell Christmas miracle

Happy Christmas © NTPL/David Levenson

Happy Christmas

For the very first first time Chartwell house will be open for weekends before Christmas. Celebrate Christmas in style hearing some of the Churchill traditions with selected rooms decorated for the season. Make your own traditions by sharing your Christmas with us this year.

Don't get your tinsel in a tangle

We don't want to scare you but Christmas will be here before you know it. With that in mind we've created a one stop shop for all things Christmas at Chartwell. There's Christmas lunches, a market, visits from Father Christmas and tours of the house decorated in a 1930s style. The Grinch himself wouldn't say no.

A Jock of all trades

Jock is working wonders at Chartwell. Only a kitten and already he has his own facebook page, his own line of goodies in the shop and he's made it on film.

What's on?

A choir to bring you the spirit of Christmas © Eddie Hyde

Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 December

Get in to the festive spirit with a performance from the Royal Tunbridge Wells Choral Society at Chartwell all decorated for the season. Booking is essential on 0844 2491895.

A day away from Chartwell is a day wasted.

Sir Winston Churchill