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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: Entry to the house is by timed ticket and these can be collected from the visitor welcome centre from 10am on days when the house is open. Please click here to pre-book tickets for the house to collect from the visitor welcome centre on arrival.

Chartwell in autumn

Chartwell grounds in the autumn © David Dixon

Chartwell grounds in the autumn

With the falling of leaves there's no better time to enjoy Chartwell. There are vibrant colours to be seen everywhere from the garden, to the woodland and even in Churchill's painting studio. While you're here take a walk feeling the crunch of the leaves under your feet and explore the outer estate of Chartwell.

Death of a Hero

The state funeral of Winston Churchill ©

The state funeral of Winston Churchill

Visit our extended exhibition, open now until November 1, marking 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.

The hallowe'en pumpkin trail

Take on the hallowe’en pumpkin trail at Chartwell © National Trust/Naomi Goggin

Take on the hallowe’en pumpkin trail at Chartwell

Wilma the witch has been turned in to a cat and it's your job to help Jock turn her back. Take on the spooky pumpkin trail around Chartwell spotting ingredients to make a potion to cure Wilma. Trails are £1 each and be sure to return them to get a tasty witches prize.

Get prepared for Christmas

Make your Christmas extra special at Chartwell © National Trust/Naomi Goggin

Make your Christmas extra special at Chartwell

Christmas may seem like a way off but there's always time to get in quick and book a Christmas lunch with us for December, £20 for three courses. You can also beat the rush and reserve a time to see Father Christmas dressed in green for a traditional 1920s Christmas and receive a gift, £7 per child.

Chartwell house timed tickets

chartwell from the side © Jonathan Primmer

You'll need a timed ticket to visit the house and you can pre-book them in advance until 4:30pm the day before the visit online or on 0844 249 1895. Please bring along your email confirmation to collect a ticket from the visitor welcome centre. We advise arriving 30 minutes before your entry to allow plenty of time to park, collect the tickets and make your way to the house because we can't guarantee there will be later tickets if you miss the booked timed entry. Booking isn't necessary and there will be some tickets available on the day from the visitor welcome centre.

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.

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A day away from Chartwell is a day wasted.

Sir Winston Churchill