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Family-friendly things to do at Chartwell

Family on the Easter trail at Chartwell
Family on the Easter trail at Chartwell | © National Trust Images/James Dobson

Keep the whole family busy with a visit to Chartwell. There's so much to see with 80 acres of grounds to explore and plenty of fun and games to discover.

Planning your family visit

  • Children under 5 go free
  • Family-friendly audio guides available from the Visitor Centre
  • Accessible buggy-friendly paths highlighted on the Chartwell map
  • Some parts of the woodland may present a challenge to buggies
  • Baby changing facilities by the Visitor Centre and in the garden
  • High chairs and children’s lunch boxes available in the café
  • Picnic area with tables near the car park or bring a blanket and picnic on the slopes by the lakes
  • Spotter sheet to complete as you explore the house
  • Scooters and trikes are not suitable at Chartwell

Family-friendly events

Easter adventures

This spring, we are excited to be collaborating with Kinetika on our Easter trail. Hand-painted silk flags designed by local community groups will bring bursts of brightness to the gardens. Make your way along the trail and find nature and colour-inspired activities for the whole family.

Easter trail runs 29 March - 14 April 10am-4pm. We recommend visiting on weekdays for a quieter experience.

Normal admission plus £3 per trail, including a trail map, bunny ears and a chocolate or vegan and free from egg.

Chicken in Chickenham Palace at Chartwell
The cockerel in Chickenham Palace | © National Trust/Chris Jonas

Family-friendly things to do in the grounds

There's plenty of places to play and run around outdoors at Chartwell.

Treehouse

Be captivated by history and adventure in the treehouse at Chartwell. Climb up the two-storey structure to take in the lofty views before sliding back down to earth. As you play you'll learn the wonderful stories of the Churchill family, who enjoyed their own treehouse here over 90 years ago.

Swings and seesaws

Head up to the Old Quarry to discover our swings. Each swing is engraved with the names and nicknames of Winston Churchill's children. How high can you go? Don't forget to bring an adult to do the pushing. You can also have a go on the seesaws - made by our countryside team using wood from the estate.

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.

Canadian Camp

Canadians camped out 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 wouldn't recognise Chartwell from the air. Hold your own camp here, relax in the hammocks, 'cook' up a storm and plot your adventure.

Chickenham Palace

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?

Marycot

In a corner of the Walled Garden at Chartwell, you’ll find the enchanting ‘Marycot’, a little brick house built by Winston Churchill for his daughter Mary. A great place to play and let your imagination run wild.

A long view of the red brick house at Chartwell in Kent with a sweeping lawn running up to the terrace of the house and trees surrounding the grounds

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