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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.

The Churchill cat: A Jock of all trades

Jock our marmalade cat 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

Pick up a Beatrix Potter trail and take the challenge 

Become part of the Beatrix Potter stories as you follow the characters around Chartwell. Find Jeremy Fisher by the Orfe Pond and Jemima Puddleduck down by the lakes, not to mention Peter Rabbit causing trouble in the kitchen garden. These guys have got lots of activities for you to try.

50 things of family 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 by climbing a tree or hunt for bugs in the woods. Pick up a booklet from the Visitor Centre when you arrive 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? See what you can get up to in the woodland.

Chartwell - All you need to know

Planning a visit to Chartwell? Look no further. We've got the latest information on what's happening this season and how you can get involved