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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.

Visit Chartwell this summer

Lady Churchill’s summer sun trap rose garden at Chartwell © Henry Jarvis

Lady Churchill’s summer sun trap rose garden at Chartwell

Chartwell is first and foremost a summer garden, this season you can expect to see an array of roses in the rose garden and the Golden Rose Walk. In the kitchen garden you'll find plenty of produce we grow here ourselves, some of which makes its way to the café. Out in the wider estate there are several swings to use, dens to hide in and fields to roam full of wild flowers.

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 50th Anniversary June Lecture Series

These essays will explore various aspects of Churchills life and times © Public

These essays will explore various aspects of Churchills life and times

Throughout June we will be holding a series of one off lectures as part of the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the passing of Sir Winston Churchill. From theatre performances, talks on military campaigns and lectures on literature, each day uncovers a different aspect about the great man.

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?

4 July - 6 September Churchill family hobby trail

Follow the trail around Chartwell discovering Churchill's hobbies and interests. Build your own wall, paint your own picture and get involved in growing your very own garden whilst you take on some questions and challenges.

A day away from Chartwell is a day wasted.

Sir Winston Churchill