Visiting Chartwell: What to expect

Peace rose in the Rose Garden at Chartwell

Find everything you need to know and what to expect from your visit to Chartwell.

Chartwell is open seven days a week. 

You need a house ticket to enter the house. These are limited and entry into the house cannot be guaranteed.  

House and studio

The house is open from 11am to 5pm, last entry is 3.50pm. The studio is open from 11.30am to 4pm. 

House tickets go on sale at 10am from the Visitor Centre. We recommend arriving early to give the best opportunity to secure your house tickets and please be prepared to queue. We ask everyone to please be kind to our staff. 

A house ticket is needed to visit the house. Most tickets are sold on the day, on a first come first served basis from the Visitor Centre. Some afternoon tickets are also available to book in advance to help visitors travelling from further away guarantee their entry. For more information, please see the article above.

You may find you have to wait to enter the house and on busy days we may have to close our car park.

House tickets are free for National Trust members. For non-members, please see our prices here. 

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

If you would like to visit us over the holidays, then we would certainly suggest visiting on weekdays, excluding Bank Holidays, for a quieter day. 

Our indoor exhibition, Churchill in 50 Objects, remains open throughout the year (apart from Christmas Eve and Christmas Day when the whole site is closed).

The garden & woodland

The garden is open daily from 10am to 5pm. The car park gates close at 5pm.

Entry is free for National Trust members. For non-members, we have a discounted price for just garden entry which is £14 per adult and £7 per child (family tickets also available). These tickets include access to all outdoor areas, the studio and the exhibition.


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.

A carpark ticket is needed to use our carpark. National Trust members will need to scan their membership cards on one of our carpark machines to get your free ticket. For non-members, carpark tickets are £4 per car. Carpark tickets can also be bought from the Visitor Centre, but you will need to head back to your car afterwards to display the ticket on your dashboard.

Spirit of Chartwell

If you're not able to visit us at the moment, here's a short film for you to enjoy all about Chartwell, its history and some of the features that can be seen here today.

Please read through our Frequently Asked Questions below, if you require further information please email us at

We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Can I book house tickets in advance? 

Most house tickets are sold on the day from the Visitor Centre on a first come, first served basis. Some tickets are now available to book in advance to help our visitors travelling from further away guarantee their entry. Please click here for more information. House tickets are limited and so entry unfortunately cannot be guaranteed for everyone. 

Can I bring a picnic?

Picnic blankets are welcome in the garden; but no chairs and tables please.

Is the café open?

Yes, our café is open and is serving hot and cold meals and drinks, sandwiches and light snacks.

Do I need a ticket to walk on the estate?

You will need to buy a car park ticket on the day if you would like to walk on the estate. Car park tickets are £4 for non-members and free for members. This is not included within your normal admission. National Trust members will need to scan your membership cards in order to get your free parking. Alternatively, you can park at Hosey Common Car park and walk to Chartwell. To visit the gardens however, normal admission still applies.

Can I use the café and toilets if arriving on foot?

Yes, if you are walking in the area and would like to stop and pop into our café, you are more then welcome to do so. To visit the gardens however, normal admission still applies.

Can I make a booking by speaking to the property directly?

Our booking system is available via our website, alternatively you can call our Central Box Office on 0344 249 1895.

Please note tickets can't be booked over the phone on the day of the visit.