Charlecote - A Victorian home
This article was prepared before the coronavirus pandemic. The house is currently closed to visitors until at least Spring 2021.
Charlecote is still the Lucy family home. Explore the rooms in the centre of the house which are open to the public and discover the Victorian interiors created by George Hammond Lucy and his wife Mary Elizabeth.
Please be aware that we are beginning a major and important project this year to replace our central heating system throughout the house. Some objects and furnishings will be packed away to protect them. Our room guides can tell you more and answer your questions.
Grand designs in Tudor style
Enter the house through the porch built to impress Elizabeth I when she visited, and begin your visit in the Great Hall surrounded by 400 years of Lucy family portraits.
Now find out how the Lucy family lived in Victorian times as you wander at your own pace through the Drawing Room, Library, Billiard Room and Dining Room - all with stories to tell. Make your way upstairs to see the Ebony Bedroom and Orange Bedroom.
There are limited rooms open to the public as the Lucy family still lives in one wing of the house.
Chat to our friendly room guides about the artefacts you see - many of the objects were brought back from the Lucys' European spending spree of the 1840s.
Mary Elizabeth and George Hammond Lucy wanted to make Victorian Charlecote conform to their fashionable idea of ‘Merrie England’ in the reign of ‘Good Queen Bess’. They spared no expense and spent lavishly on items from the Fonthill Abbey sale of items from the dissolute William Beckford.
If you'd like to know more about the paintings and artefacts that you see in the house, why not explore the National Trust Collections site?
Our room guides will help children find all the Cuddly Critters hidden around the house if you can’t spot them all. Follow our children's trail around the house and discover some fascinating facts.
Please note: Buggies and rucksacks don't mix with fragile artefacts and you will be asked to leave these in the porch (limited space on busy days). Hip slings available to borrow.
We'll never run out of conservation work! Whatever you find us working on when you visit, do stop and chat to discover more.
Limited opening on Wednesdays and during the winter means we can get some of this important work done more easily.
Still the Lucy family home
Our visitors sometimes wonder why it’s not possible to see the whole house. This is because the Lucy family still live here in one wing. Many of the items you see are kindly loaned to the National Trust by the family.
Part of the upper floor is also taken up with our self-catering holiday flat, The Turret. Formerly the servants’ quarters, this is now a delightful place to stay, with glorious views of the Warwickshire countryside.
Learn about the Library
We have one of the best libraries in the National Trust's care and our room guides can tell you more if there's anything you want to know.
The books in our historic library are prone to mould and damp, due to the house's proximity to the river.
We use the funds raised by our second-hand bookshop to help with repairs and conservation work on the books in our library. If you have any second-hand books to donate, please bring them along and leave them with our friendly Visitor Reception team.