Chartwell guided house highlights tours
Join our knowledgeable guide on a tour of selected rooms* in the house at Chartwell, including exclusive access to Winston's bedroom. The themed highlights tours run at 4pm Mon-Fri, excluding Bank Holidays, and must be booked in advance. Spaces are limited to 8 on this intimate one hour tour.
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*as it is a highlights tour, it doesn't include access to all rooms. Those wanting to see the whole house will need to obtain a timed ticket to visit the house on a self-guided basis.
- The tours are free for National Trust members, however, we recommend still booking your place due to the limited spaces available. If booking in advance, please select 'NT member with proof of membership' to claim your free tour.
- If you are not currently a National Trust member, highlight tours are £8.50pp (which doesn't cover normal admission). If booking in advance, you can purchase your highlight tour via e-ticket below. You will then need to purchase normal admission on arrival from our visitor centre (prices found here).
- If you want to see the full house then you will need to obtain a timed ticket to see the house on a self-service basis earlier in the day. You can get a timed ticket on arrival at our visitor centre.
- If you would like to view the gardens and studio on your visit as well, please make sure you arrive with plenty of time to spare so you can visit these before the tour starts. All areas of the property will close at 5pm when the tour finishes.
The tour includes several steps both between rooms and up staircases. Visitors should be prepared to be standing for one hour.
In September 2016 our Keep Churchill at Chartwell appeal was launched with the aim of raising £7.1 million to secure many of Churchill's belongings for the nation.
In addition to securing objects in the collection, money raised from the appeal is also enabling new rooms and spaces to be opened by 2020. The first of these rooms in Winston's bedroom.
Due to the small size of the room, the narrow corrider leading to it and the room's entry position, the room is only available to view by a highlights tour.
Why has the bedroom not been opened to visitors before?
The rooms currently open to the public were chosen in the 1960s by the Churchill family and the National Trust. They reflected the interest of the time, with the focus being on those family rooms used by Sir Winston and Lady Churchill.
Churchill’s bedroom was closed off on the wishes of the Churchill family due to the personal nature of the space. However, towards the end of her life Lady Soames, Churchill’s youngest daughter who passed away in 2014, felt that times had changed and these spaces could now be enjoyed by visitors.
Today, we and the Churchill family believe that it is important to give a fuller picture of how the Churchills’ children and grandchildren lived at and enjoyed Chartwell.