Facilities & access


  • Car park open all year, roughly 250 yards from the main house. £3 all day parking for non-members
  • Large popular café with indoor and outdoor seating
  • Enjoy fresh produce from the Chartwell kitchen garden in the café's seasonal desserts
  • The café serves on the go sandwiches and rolls ideal for picnics
  • Picnics are permitted in the meadow (off the car park) and by the lake on the lower lawn
  • Dogs on short leads are permitted within the gardens and estate with water bowls at the café and a dog waste bin by the visitor welcome centre
  • Cycling is permitted on the wider estate
  • Due to the sensitive nature of copyright we don't allow photography inside the house

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
  • There is parking for buggies and pushchairs at the café
  • Scooters are welcome along the sloped visitor paths and on the lower lawn by the lake but bikes and trikes aren't suitable
  • Paths in the woodland area to the wild play area and swings aren't suitable for buggies


  • The hillside location means the grounds are sloped in places with 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 and avoiding 24 steps from the visitor welcome centre to the house
  • Due to narrow doorways and sharp turns the house is not suitable for motorised wheelchairs, but manual wheelchairs can be borrowed at the visitor centre
  • Wheelchair access only to the sitting room, hall and library.
  • There is designated disabled parking closest to the Visitor Centre
  • Access by wheelchair to the studio is across the lawn and there is one step to go inside