Free walks and talks

Join our costume talks and find out more about the portraits around you

Join our costume talks and find out more about the portraits around you

Find out what's happening today when you come through Visitor Reception on your way in.

At weekends and most weekdays there’s an introductory talk outside the house, guided walks in the park and costume talks in the great hall (house closed Wednesdays). They are all free and there's no need to book, just turn up a few minutes before the start time.

These all depend on the availability of our knowledgeable volunteers and may not take place every day. If anything is particularly important to your visit, call ahead on 01789 470277.

Family activities

Come and play with Major Mustard and his family in the woodland garden

Get closer to nature in the spinney - build a den or draw anything you've seen today.

Play in the Major's woven willow house and with the carved wooden Major and his sheepy family in the woodland.

There are ball games to play on the paddock and you'll find bug hunting kits and books, and other outdoor activities such as kites in the shop that you can play with straight away.

We're sorry, but our gravel paths are not suitable for bikes. There are bike racks in the main car park if you'd like to arrive here by pedal power.

All year round

  • Look who's hiding in the house © National Trust

    Cuddly critters

    There's always a bunch of furry friends to find, they're hiding all around the house.

  • Join us at Charlecote for Easter activities © Tim Harris

    Seasonal enjoyment

    Cadbury Easter egg trails, pumpkin trails at October half-term, book to visit Father Christmas.

  • Free activities at Charlecote childrens club this summer © National Trust

    Summer children's club

    Every Thursday in August there are free activities for children. Just turn up and join in.

Drop scones and jelly bags

Find out more about Victorian life with our costumed guides

Find out more about Victorian life with our costumed guides

Talk to our costumed guides in the Victorian kitchen and find out more about what we're cooking today and all the gadgets you can see around you. Children can try on costumes and help with cooking. There's lots more for families at Charlecote all year round, indoors and outside.

The Victorian kitchen is open every day but we’re not always able to cook when the rest of the house is closed.

Book ahead

Make some new discoveries with our special behind-the-scenes events - book soon, as some of them sell out quickly.

Come along at dusk for a bat walk with the Warwickshire Bat Group.

Join us for evening tours of the gardens and parkland, including refreshments from the Orangery.

Share your enthusiasm

Running most of our activities relies on our team of nearly 300 friendly and enthusiastic volunteers in the house, park and gardens.

There's always free cake and you can join lots of volunteer-only special events throughout the year.

Just a few hours every week or two is all that’s needed – what about you?

Stay at Charlecote

Come and stay in The Turret, one of the National Trust's loveliest holiday lets.

It's set on the upper floor of one corner of the house with stunning views across the gardens and parkland.

You'll have the park and garden to yourself when all our visitors are gone, and we're ideally situated for exploring all that the heart of Warwickshire has to offer.