Audio guides at Chartwell

Audio guides now in use at Chartwell with woman holding and listening with lakes and swimming pool in background

Discover the stories of Chartwell at your own pace with our audio guides. These garden audio guides explore past and present stories about life and nature in the outdoors.

Discover untold stories and treasured family memories all about the gardens and landscapes of Chartwell with garden audio guides, free with your admission or membership.

Featuring excerpts from Nicholas Soames, grandson to Churchill, and Heather White-Smith, secretary to Winston Churchill from 1953 to 1956, these garden audio guides are a new way to explore the grounds in your own time and at your own pace.

Find out stories including a time Winston wrote to Clementine about contacting Scotland Yard, concerned for the disappearance for his Golden Orfe fish.

It was later suspected a hungry otter was to blame.

We like to keep the gardens looking as they might have done when Churchill lived at Chartwell so plant labels and signs are kept to a minimum. To highlight more of the outdoors, we have a separate audio guide that focuses on the Gardeners’ seasonal picks and top tips.

Including interviews with Garden and Estate Manager Tim Parker, pick up one of these audio guides to discover all of the seasonal highlights to be found here at Chartwell. 

Explore the outdoors at your own pace and to your own interests, either on the go or paused to take in the views Churchill fell in love with. For families we have a bite-sized version suitable for children, so they can discover more about the Churcill family and how they enjoyed the gardens too.

How it works...

Pick up your audio guide from the Visitor Centre on arrival - free with your admission or membership. There are some written instruction available on how to use them, but feel free to ask if you have any questions. 

Each audio guide is thoroughly cleaned after each and every use.

Once you've finished, please return them to the Visitor Centre. We have popped some plastic boxes outside, so you wont have to go back inside. They'll then be cleaned thoroughly at the end of the day ready for use again in the morning.