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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.

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.

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.

Death of a Hero

The state funeral of Winston Churchill © www.topfoto.co.uk

The state funeral of Winston Churchill

From November 15 visit our winter exhibition as we mark the 50th anniversary of the death of Sir Winston Churchill. See the display commemorating his passing , the funeral and his enduring legacy that still stands today and will do for future generations.

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.

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?

Children enjoying a halloween event 

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

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