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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: Timed tickets operate in the house to ensure maximum enjoyment for visitors. Find out more about timed tickets.
Dig for victory
Not many gardens can lay claim to having provided 10 Downing Street with fresh fruit and vegetables throughout the war years. Some of the outer walls were even built by Churchill himself. Though the days of catering for the Prime Minister are long gone, the kitchen garden now provides our cafe with tasty produce.
A studio steeped in colour
Marvel at over 130 of Churchill's paintings in the studio. The single largest collection of his work promises to provide vivid stories of his travels and his passions, stop by for one of our talks at 1.30 and 3.30pm every day.
Golden walks for a golden day out
Pick up one of our routes for walkers at the Chartwell visitor centre and discover the Kentish countryside like never before. Enjoy the bracing air, the crunch of leaves, the warm hues of nature and sights oozing with history. Even better, the walks are circular so there's always a chance to stop for tea and cake
Enjoy a blast from the past with our 'drive down memory lane' exhibition this October. The photography exhibition of stand out rare and sought after cars is sure to be a rich addition to your visit.
Book on to one of our courses and learn from Myra Lester all there is to know on floral displays followed by a two course lunch. Make the most of the vibrant tones in your garden this season.
A day away from Chartwell is a day wasted.