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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.

Romance in our Rose Garden

 © Ian Shaw

Built by Winston Churchill as a token of love for Lady Churchill, Lady Churchill's Rose Garden is a stunning setting full of reds, golds and pinks sure to make any heart melt.

Dig for victory

 © John Millar

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.

Weekday wonders

Get away from it all with a visit during the week © National Trust

Get away from it all with a visit during the week

For a more peaceful visit why not visit during the week? Beat the rush and join in on some of our garden tours Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Enjoy the peace and quiet at Chartwell, you know you deserve it.

A picnic made easy

A picnic made easy © National Trust

A picnic made easy

Fancy a picnic at Chartwell? We've got it sorted. There are pre-packed sandwiches and cakes, take away teas and coffees and we even have an assortment of rugs from £14 for you to pick up. Drop in at the cafe for the one stop picnic shop.

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.

Summer time tales

Get your class outdoors on a trail at Fountains 

Become part of the Beatrix Potter stories at Chartwell. There's Jeremy Fisher, Jemima Puddleduck and of course Peter Rabbit. They've got plenty of activities for you.

50 things of fun

Discover nature at Chartwell © National Trust / Peak District

Chartwell has got plenty of activities for you to tick off the list. Roll down one of our hills, see the sights climbing a tree or hunt for bugs. Pick up a booklet from the Visitor Centre for more.

Outdoor activities

Johnnie Churchill on the bomb crater rope at Chartwell © Jon Primmer

Take a walk on the wild side in the woods. Are you brave enough to walk the plank on the balance beam? How high can you go on the swings?

Summer Holiday Help

Summer brings bright colours to the meadow © Jon Primmer

There are a range of activities to keep children entertained at Chartwell and some for those adults young at heart. There's even suggestions of adult friendly things to do nearby.

A day away from Chartwell is a day wasted.

Sir Winston Churchill