Facilities & access


  • Large, popular cafe with regular special events
  • Car park open all year, roughly 250 yards from the main house. £3 all day parking for non-members
  • Enjoy fresh produce from the Chartwell kitchen garden at the cafe
  • Dogs on short leads are permitted within the gardens and estate
  • Picnics are permitted in the meadow (off the car park) and on the lower lawn by the lake
  • Buggies and large bags are not permitted within the house or studio
  • Cycling is permitted on the wider estate

Family & children

  • The playhouse Churchill built for his young daughters is still in the kitchen garden for children to explore
  • Baby-changing facilities can be found next to the visitor centre
  • Natural play area including swings, balancing beams and Canadian camp available in woodland
  • Though we don't allow pushchairs and child backpack carriers inside the house we offer side slings and baby carriers to borrow at the front of the house


  • The hillside location means the grounds are sloped in places with some steps. Please refer to the welcome map for step-free routes
  • A team of volunteers operate our mobility bus service (with wheelchair access) taking visitors to and from the house
  • The house is not suitable for motorised wheelchairs, but there is an opportunity to borrow a manual wheelchair from the visitor centre
  • Wheelchair access only on the ground floor of the house. There is a virtual tour to ensure visitors are able to see all the showrooms