The estate at Chartwell

Get out and into nature throughout the year here at Chartwell with so much to explore whatever the weather. The estate is a constant hive of activity with the garden and ranger teams hard at work in the busy grounds. Here's just some of the many things we get up to and all there is to see and do.

A lake view to the house in autumn at Chartwell, a National Trust in place

Visiting Chartwell: What to expect 

We've reopened our gardens and car park at Chartwell and we're looking forward to welcoming you back.

From Thursday 5 November the house and studio will be closed. The gardens and car park remain open with takeaway refreshments available from the café. Please note that some areas of the woodland and wider estate are waterlogged, access in to or out of the woodland is currently only via the car park.

Chartwell Estate

Originally named for the Chart well on the property, the 800 acres of rolling farmland and woodland have been part of Chartwell since 1848 when the Colquhoun's owned the property. It wasn't until 1921 that the land was split into smaller lots at auction, with the house and 82 acres being bought in 1922 by Churchill.  

Enjoy a walk

Limpsfield Chart walk

Enjoy the 3 hour circular walk combining Chartwell, Kent and Surrey. Take in the vistas traversing open countryside, wooded glades and passing the grave of Octavia Hill, one of the founders of the National Trust. This walk involves rough ground and steep slopes so come prepared.  

Chartwell estate walk

This 45 minute walk perfect for children explores the Chartwell estate. Discover a Second World War bomb crater, dens made of coppiced chestnut trees and a camp created in honour of the Canadian troops that were stationed at Chartwell in the Second World War.  

West Kent Countryside

A winter view across the Chartwell estate, a National Trust property in Kent

Walking trails at Chartwell 

Escape from the hustle and bustle this winter - wrap up warm and get exploring on a walk around the estate at Chartwell. You could even make a whole day of it by walking to our neighbouring National Trust properties, Emmetts Garden and Toys Hill, or stop by the café for a warming drink to take away with you.

Visitor walking their dog in the parkland

Visiting Chartwell with your dog 

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.

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Teeming with wildlife