Alternative parking at Chartwell
Read our top suggestions for alternative places to park when we have to close the car park at Chartwell. Also, what else you can do if we're full, and how to make a full National Trust day out with visits to nearby places.
Alternate parking options
In very busy periods, we may have to temporarily close our car park here at Chartwell, although we always seek to reopen as soon as we can. Keep an eye on our website for updates.
If we do have to close our car park, there are a few nearby alternate parking options you can take, if you don't mind a bit of a walk.
There is a free but small car park located just this side of Westerham on the B2026 at the top of Hosey Hill. Hosey Common car park is a public car park outside of National Trust care, parking here is at your own risk. Spaces are very limited but it's only a 20–30-minute walk away from Chartwell through the woods, with some sections of the walk on narrow country lanes.
Take a longer walk from nearby village Westerham, with neighbouring National Trust property, Quebec House to be found here too. There is a pay and display public car park less than 5 minutes away from Quebec House. This is a public car park outside of National Trust care, parking here is at your own risk.
The walk to Chartwell is roughly 2 miles, taking about an hour to complete.
Discover Toys Hill, the place that inspired Octavia Hill to found the National Trust, with the far-reaching views out of the Weald of Kent soon showing you why. Keep an eye out along the way for Octavia Hill's well, our bat tower and the old forgotten site of Weardale Manor as you go.
To celebrate the connection between Octavia Hill and Toys Hill, in 2012 we even named two of our trails after her to mark the centenary of her death. The Octavia Hill Centenary West Trail shows you the paths to Chartwell from Toys Hill.
Combine a visit to Chartwell with a trip to nearby property Emmetts Garden. The car park is free, but all non-members will have to pay the standard admittance to view the garden itself.
Our circular Weardale walk shows the route between Emmetts Garden and Chartwell, taking about 3 hours to complete the 5-mile circular walk in full.
A new trail connecting Emmetts Garden to Chartwell, via Octavia Hill well launched in spring 2022. Pick up walking directions from the Visitor Centre.
To help us reduce our impact on the environment, as well as easing pressure on our often-busy car park, the 246 bus from Bromley stops off at Chartwell on Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays.
You can find all times and bus stop locations here: London Bus Routes
Discover lots of walking routes, points of historical interest and wide-ranging views at one of Octavia Hill’s favourite places. Visit to see the landscape that inspired her.
With a network of bridleways, there are plenty of ways to explore Toys Hill including horse riding, mountain biking, road cycling and running on a 6km Run England route.
Enjoy family-friendly fun and outdoor play in the fresh air at Emmetts Garden, all set against a backdrop of glorious Edwardian garden, on one of the highest points of the Kentish Weald.
Find a garden area to suit your taste here at Emmetts Garden. With different and diverse designs, and views that are always impressive, there's something to see at any time of year.
Enjoy the views that the Churchills chose Chartwell for, and explore the garden they created and loved, from Lady Churchill’s Rose Garden, to the Walled Garden Sir Winston helped build.
Chartwell’s estate and surrounding countryside offers far-reaching views across the Weald. Walk in the footsteps of one of our founders Octavia Hill when you explore Mariners Hill.