Butterfly trail at Chartwell 2019

A butterfly in the gardens at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

This article was about the 2019 summer trail and will be refreshed for 2020.

Search through the gardens for our butterfly boards, unscrambling the letters to reveal the name of each different type. Why not see how many real butterflies you can spot around Chartwell as you go?

Flutter like a Butterfly

Saturday 29 June - Sun 1 Sep; 10am-4pm

Explore the garden and woodland of Chartwell to discover all about Winston Churchill’s favourite butterflies.

We know that Churchill used to enjoy seeing the butterflies throughout his gardens and even used to keep butterflies in a butterfly house up above the orchard here at Chartwell.

If you're very quiet and careful and keep your eyes peeled, see how many butterflies you can spot fluttering around the flowers as you go!

Cabbage white butterfly (Pieris rapae) on lavender
Cabbage white butterfly (Pieris rapae) on lavender at Chartwell, Kent
Cabbage white butterfly (Pieris rapae) on lavender

How much?

Hunts will be £1.00 per person (including National Trust members). Normal site admission applies.

Best suitable for ages 5-10.

Skip the queues by dining al fresco

Our café can get very busy during school holiday weekends. Queues are to be expected during these peak times.

Why not bring along a picnic instead? Grab a blanket, find a spot on the slopes by the lakes and enjoy the view whilst you eat. You can always grab something from our café before heading out (not forgetting the ice cream of course!). If you don't want to head all the way back down to the café, check out our new pop-up outlet, Garden Cottage up by the Walled Garden if you're already out and about exploring Chartwell.

Busy Days at Chartwell