The gardens at Chartwell

Enjoy wide-open views across the lakes, garden and Weald of Kent, Churchill's kitchen garden and the rose walk. The garden at Chartwell is a feast for the eyes, whatever the season.

One of two lakes at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent


One of the reasons Churchill bought Chartwell was for the potential water feature he could create. The lower lake already existed when he bought the property but in 1924 a dam was built to create the upper lake. The lakes were camouflaged by brush wood to reduce the risk of bombing raids during the wars but they now offer majestic views and provide a home for wildlife.

The swimming pool built by Churchill at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

Swimming pool

Follow the cascades down from the rock garden to find Churchill's swimming pool. In the early years, the Churchills used the lakes for swimming until the oval concrete pool was constructed in the 1930s. With his usual thoroughness, Churchill took the advice from his scientist friend, Lindemann, on the amount of water needed to fill it and from a chemist on the correct chemicals to keep it clean.

The Golden Orfe ponds in summer at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

Golden orfe ponds

Churchill first encountered golden orfe in the 1930s and was so entranced by them that they were made features of the Chartwell garden. Have a look out for a small chair next to one of the ponds; Churchill could sit here for hours in silent contemplation as he feed his beloved fish.

The cut flower bed at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent and family home of Winston Churchill

Kitchen garden

Head to the kitchen garden to see the wall that Churchill built with his own hands. Using the old diaries of Churchill's head gardener and surviving invoices of seed purchases, the National Trust recreated something like the appearance of the productive kitchen garden as the Churchills knew it. Much of the produce grown heads over to the café to be used in delicious dishes.

Black swan at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

Black swans

Black swans were first kept at Chartwell in the 1920s after they were gifted to Churchill. Please help us take care of our black swans by giving them some distance and not feeding them. Wildfowl are sensitive and may peck if they feel uncomfortable. Thank you.

Elvis the dog in Chartwell garden Kent

Bring your dog to Chartwell

Here at Chartwell, we love dogs. Bring your furry companion along on a short lead for a stroll around the gardens or go for a roam in the woods. Find out more about where you can and can't take your dog here.

Drones or remote controlled aerial devices cannot be flown in Knole Park.

Please leave your drone at home

All aerial activity above our sites is prohibited according to an existing byelaw. Please leave your drones at home as drone flying isn’t allowed over National Trust land.