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Commemorating D-Day at Chartwell

Winston Churchill lights a cigar in the back of a jeep while touring the Normandy beaches with General Mongomery, 12 June 1944.
Winston Churchill lights a cigar in the back of a jeep as he and General Montgomery, commanding 21st Army Group, set out on a tour inland, 12 June 1944. | © Horton W. G. (Major) courtesy of Imperial War Museum

Join us as we commemorate the 80th anniversary of D-Day. Discover the role Churchill played as wartime Prime Minister in the planning and preparation for the Normandy landings. In the house, previously unseen objects will reveal stories of D-Day and the campaign that followed. Families can learn about different aspects of how Operation Overload unfolded as they venture around the gardens.

D-Day at Chartwell: Unfolding Operation Overlord

25 May – 16 June

10:00 – 16:00

This year Chartwell are commemorating 80 years since D-Day. Learn of Winston Churchills relation with Operation Overlord, from its initial beginnings to Winston’s determination to step on the beaches himself, in a short exhibition at the front of the house.

“And what a plan!”

Endeavour on an emotional journey as you enter Chartwell Mansion, and spot precious items from our Second World War Collection.

Throughout every room in the house witness our Churchill’s D-Day collection, including a relief model of Mulberry Harbour B, a British army helmet and models of the ships used on D-Day

British Prime Minister Winston Churchill crossing the English Channel
British Prime Minister Winston Churchill crossing the English Channel on 'HMS Kelvin' (destroyer) on 12 June 1944 | © Granger, NYC / TopFoto

This vast operation is undoubtedly the most complicated and difficult that has ever occurred

A quote by Sir Winston Churchill

Unfolding Operation Overlord Trail

25 May – 16 June

10:00 – 16:00

Navigate around the garden to find out what happened on the 6th June 1944. With your families learn about the invasion of Normandy Beaches. Journey around the garden to find out more about the planes, tanks and boats that nobly fought on D-Day. Decipher your own morse code, create secret handshakes, and captain your own ship and work out the key to a successful mission this May half term.

D-Day Operation Overlord Highlights Tour

25 May – 16 June

16:00 – 16:45

Unfold the historic events of Operation Overlord, the code-name for D-Day with our knowledgeable stewards. In this out-of-hours tour you will be guided around the house where you can get up close to our collection, some of which has never been on public display before. As with all highlight tours you will also get exclusive access to Winston Churchills bedroom.

Booking Essential | £8.50 | Monday – Friday

Please arrive 15 minutes before.