Audio guides at Chartwell

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

New for this winter and supported by the Churchill’s Chartwell Appeal, pick up one of our new garden audio guides, exploring 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 new 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.

Daffodils growing in the gardens at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

The Gardens 

To support government guidance on social distancing we have now taken the decision to close our gardens as well as the rest of the site, including carpark and toilets.

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.

Pick up your audio guide from the reception and 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.

Throughout 2020, we will then be launching more topics for you to listen to, such as exploring the views that inspired some of Churchill’s paintings or highlighting the work Churchill himself undertook to shape the grounds of Chartwell to how we know them today.

New this winter