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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

Some of our freshly grown produce © John Millar

Some of our freshly grown produce

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

Over 130 paintings by Churchill are on display in the studio  © Chartwell / National Trust

Over 130 paintings by Churchill are on display in the studio

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. He painted over 500 in total so there are plenty to keep a look out for.

Great British walks for a great day out

Great British Walks at National Trust © Chartwell / National Trust

Great British Walks at National Trust

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.

An apple a day

The orchard at Chartwell © National Trust

The orchard at Chartwell

We've been busy picking apples at Chartwell - they're mainly cooking apples like 'Bramley's Seedling' but our personal favourite is the 'Winston'. You can sample the apples for yourselves in our café's apple crumble, though having one of those a day might not keep the doctor away.

A Hallowe'en whopper

A winning pumpkin for Hallowe’en © Henry Jarvis/National Trust

A winning pumpkin for Hallowe’en

Feel like being the talk of the town this Hallowe'en or do you put on the best decorations? Then you'll certainly want this giant pumpkin. Guess the weight then leave your name, e-mail and contact number and we'll be picking a winner on October 29. Best of luck and a happy Hallowe'en.

All to yourself

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

Get away from it all with a visit during the week

Fancy visiting Chartwell on the quiet? Why not stop for a leisurely lunch and then visit the house from 3pm onwards? You'll avoid the hustle and bustle, get to view the collections without any obstructions and have the volunteers practically to yourself for any burning questions.

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?

Spot some rare and sought after cars in our photography exhibition © Stella Scordellis

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.

What's on?

Children enjoying a halloween event © Stella Scordellis

Fancy a fright? Then visit Chartwell for a spooky trail challenge this half-term. There are scary beasts to track, some tricky challenges to complete and some spooky shapes to spot.

A day away from Chartwell is a day wasted.

Sir Winston Churchill