May Half-Term at Chartwell

A child enjoying the sunshine at a National Trust property

With over 80 acres to explore, Chartwell makes the perfect spot to get out and burn off some energy this spring. Make sure you head up into our woodland where we have wild play areas galore, including swings, balance beams and our new Donkey Jack Caravan.

Exotic Animal Trail

Saturday 25 May – Sunday 2 June; 10am-4pm

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

Discover Winston's favourite exotic pets and animals hidden around the garden on this fun family trail.

Some hop, some leap, some roar, some swim, some squawk and some crawl, and one of them still lives at Chartwell today - all of them have fascinating stories and facts connecting them to the amazing life of Winston Churchill.

Complete the trail to get a zoo animal themed prize at the end!

Maps can be picked up from the little black shed next to the Visitor Welcome Centre. Payment by cash will be taken in the shed; if paying by card please pay in the Visitor Welcome Centre.

Suitable for ages 3+

Keep an eye out for our black swans on your visit
Black swans at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent and family home of Winston Churchill
Keep an eye out for our black swans on your visit

Peak Times This May Half-Term

We're expecting a busy Bank Holiday weekend this 25-27 May. It's likely we'll have to close the car park when we reach full capacity, and tickets for the house will sell quickly.

We recommend avoiding the Bank Holiday weekend if you can for a calmer experience, and bring a picnic to avoid the café queues.

We'll be quietest Tue-Fri in half-term. If you can only visit on the Bank Holiday weekend then consider arriving before 11.30am to guarantee both your car park and your house entry.

Continue Your Family Adventure

A family enjoying the sun at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

Family facilities

Baby changing facilities can be found by the visitor welcome centre, the toilets behind the shop and the toilets just beyond the croquet lawn in the garden. These are all approximately 30 minutes from the treehouse so you may want to use them before heading off to the woods. The café has a yummy children's menu, bottle warming and high chairs. Please note scooters and trikes are not suitable at Chartwell.