Beat the crowds at Chartwell

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

Read our top tips on how to beat the crowds at Chartwell this summer with ways to save time, different places to park or how to make a full National Trust day of it.

Over August and the school summer holidays we normally receive our largest amount of visitors for the year. We frequently sell out of house tickets, even on weekdays, and our car park does fill up. A house ticket is the only way of entering the house on your visit.

If an August visit is unavoidable then we would certainly suggest visiting on weekdays, excluding Bank Holidays, and booking your timed ticket to the house in advance.

Tickets can be booked 24 hours in advance. Some tickets are available to collect on the day but these do sell out quickly or you may find you have a considerable wait to enter the house.

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Things to do when Chartwell house tickets are sold out

If we run out of timed tickets for entry into the house, there's still so much to see and do on a visit to Chartwell. For a reduced price, you can still gain entry into the gardens and the studio.

Our gardens and wider estate are teeming with life and things to do with many different areas for you to explore. Check out our gardens page below to discover all of the garden areas you can visit as well as behind the scenes news about the vital conservation work our garden and ranger teams are up to.

No visit to Chartwell is complete without exploring the studio, which you can also visit on the discounted ticket. Churchill was passionate about painting and we have the largest collection of his works here in the studio, capturing all of the many different places he visited around the world.

Frosty estate view at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

Alternate parking when the Chartwell carpark is full

On very busy days, we may have to temporarily close our carpark here at Chartwell. Find our alternative parking suggestions here.

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