The Chartwell Treehouse

The treehouse at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

Seek out an aerial adventure in our treehouse, built with support from The Heritage Lottery Fund. This impressive two-storey structure comes complete with a slide, Churchill stories and, of course, heaps of excitement.

Tree-mendous fun awaits

Take a trek into the woods to see our two-storey playground emerge from the towering foliage. Climb up and up and up, then slide back down as your imagination runs wild. Whether the treehouse is your enchanted castle, secret clubhouse or wizarding school, there's plenty of fun to be had.

The treehouse (No.21 on the property map) can be found just past the bomb crater; from the house to the treehouse is approximately a 30 minute walk. The route will take you up some steps and steep woodland paths.

Following in Churchill’s footsteps

The outdoors was an integral part of family life here at Chartwell, from tree climbing in the summer to ice skating on the frozen lakes in winter.

Churchill once surprised his children by building them an elaborate treehouse in the garden at Chartwell. It was reported to be a two-storey affair, reached only by climbing a rope.

Fast forward over 90 years to the present day and we've built our own version of the treehouse so your family can play in the same way the Churchills did all those years ago.

Brought to you by the Chartwell appeal and Heritage Lottery Fund

In 2016 we launched an amibtious appeal to raise £7.1 million. All funds raised are helping us to acquire Churchill's personal belongings for the nation, and reinvigorate his legacy here at Chartwell.

This treehouse is another great way in which your generous donations are being used to bring Churchill's stories to life.

Thanks to you and The Heritage Lottery Fund, another generation of children will be getting hands on with the history and story of our 'greatest Briton'.

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.

Continue Your Family Adventure

A child playing on the swings at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

Swings

Head up to the Old Quarry to discover our brand new swings just waiting to be played on. Each one is engraved with the names and nicknames of Winston Churchill's children. How high can you swing? Don't forget to bring an adult to do the pushing.

A young girl plays in a hammock at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

Canadian Camp

Canadians camped out here in the woods at Chartwell during the Second World War. When there was an air raid they would cover up the lakes, so the German pilots would not recognise Chartwell from the air. Hold your own camp here, relax in the hammocks, 'cook' up a storm and plot your adventure.

A family playing on the balance beams at a National Trust property

Balance Beams

Follow the upper path through the woods and you'll come across our balance beams. Can you walk across them all the way without falling off?

The bomb crater at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

Bomb Crater

During the second world war, bombs allegedly fell on the estate at Chartwell as the planes left London. The crater left behind by one of these bombs is just the place to have some family fun. Can you use the ropes to escape the crater? Only one way to find out.

The marycot at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

The Marycot

The Marycot in the walled garden is a little brick house built by Winston Churchill himself for his daughter Mary. Everything is scaled down with a nearby notice announcing 'Children only' (though we won't blame the adults for joining in the fun). A great place to play and let your imagination run wild.

Chickens in the garden at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

Chickenham Palace

Also in our Walled Garden is the famous(ish) Chickenham Palace. It's home to all kinds of bantam chickens, each with their unique colouring and feathering. Which one will be your favourite?