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. 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.

Sky Rides

Sign up for a free Sky Ride and come through Charlecote for refreshments

British Cycling and Sky have launched Sky Rides to get everyone on their bikes. These include free local guided bike rides that all the family can enjoy.

Just put "Charlecote" in the Find box then click on "5 miles" in the Where box to find details of the next ride that's coming through here. More rides are added throughout the year. The Charlecote Loop rides stop off here for refreshments.

We're sorry, but bikes - adults and children - are not otherwise allowed at Charlecote. There are bike racks in the main car park if you'd like to arrive here by pedal power.

Family fun

  • 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

We have planned some special behind-the-scenes events for 2015.

Booking has opened for the first of these - they always sell out quickly so don't delay.

  • Share our new historical discoveries in the park
  • Look at new spring life in the park and garden

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.