Alternate parking when the Chartwell carpark is full

Read our top suggestions for different places to park when we have to close ours here at Chartwell, what else you can do if we run out of house tickets and how to make a full National Trust day of it.

Alternate parking options

In very busy periods, we may have to temporarily close our carpark here at Chartwell, although we always seek to reopen as soon as we can. Keep an eye on our social media and website for all updates.

If we do have to close our carpark, there are a few nearby alternate parking options you can take, if you don't mind a bit of a walk. 

Hosey Common Carpark

There is a free but small carpark located just this side of Westerham on the B2026 at the top of Hosey Hill. Hosey Common carpark is a public carpark outside of National Trust care, parking here is at your own risk. Spaces are very limited but it's only a 20-30 minute walk away from Chartwell through the woods, with some sections of the walk on narrow country lanes.


Take a longer walk from nearby village Westerham, popping into Quebec House as you go. There is a public carpark less than 5 minutes away from Quebec House which has 3 hours free parking with a displayed ticket. This is a public carpark outside of National Trust care, parking here is at your own risk.

The walk to Chartwell is roughly 2 miles, taking about an hour to complete.

Toys Hill

Discover Toys Hill, the place that inspired Octavia Hill to found the National Trust, with the far-reaching views out of the Weald of Kent soon showing you why. Keep an eye out along the way for Octavia Hill's well, our bat tower and the old forgotten site of Weardale Manor as you go.

To celebrate the connection between Octavia Hill and Toys Hill, in 2012 we even named two of our trails after her to mark the centenary of her death. The Octavia Hill Centenary West Trail shows you the paths to Chartwell from Toys Hill. 

Emmetts Garden

Combine a visit to Chartwell with a trip to nearby property Emmetts Garden. The carpark is free but all non-members will have to pay the standard admittence to view the garden itself.

Our circular Weardale walk shows the route between Emmetts Garden and Chartwell, taking about 3 hours to complete the 5 mile circular walk in full.

Visitors enjoying the lake views at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

Beat the crowds at Chartwell

Chartwell can get very busy especially during summer holidays and at the weekends. Read our top tips on how to beat the crowds.

Make a day of it