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Things to see and do in the house at Charlecote Park

Two visitors look upwards at the paintings all around them on the walls in the Great Hall
Take a look at the grand interiors in the Elizabethan Revival style inside the house | © National Trust Images/Annapurna Mellor

Overlooking the river Avon on the edge of Shakespeare’s Stratford, the house at Charlecote Park has been home to the Lucy family for over 900 years, and remains their home today. Find out what you can see inside this Victorian family home, and discover an immaculately preserved service courtyard.

The house is currently open every day from 11am - 3.30pm (last entry 3pm). Please note that only five rooms are open to the public at the moment: the Great Hall, the Dining Room (although it might occasionally be closed for repairs), the Library, the Billiard Room and the Drawing Room.

On weekends, timed tickets are necessary to visit the house. These are available on a first come first served basis from the Visitor Reception. No booking system will be in place, so we recommend turning up early, especially on weekends, to guarantee your entry to the house.

Works are happening in the Dining Room

Please note that we are currently investigating a water leak in the Dining Room roof and will soon undertake restoration works. Some of the Dining Room collection had to be moved upstairs for storage, delaying the reopening of the upstairs rooms.

Visit a Victorian home

The house at Charlecote Park was the vision of Victorian owners George Hammond Lucy and his wife, Mary Elizabeth, who extended the house and filled it with treasures from their European travels.

The five downstairs rooms are currently open, while the three upstairs rooms remain closed for conservation.

To find out more about the conservation work taking place, chat to our friendly volunteers.

How to visit the house

The downstairs rooms of the house are open seven days a week from 11am - 3.30pm (last entry 3pm). On weekends, timed tickets to visit the House are necessary to visit the house – they are available on a first come first served basis from the Visitor Reception.

Two visitors with a baby in a pram explore the Laundry Rooms at Charlecote Park, with washing hanging on a line behind them displayed interpretive text
Visitors exploring the Laundry Rooms at Charlecote Park | © National Trust Images/Annapurna Mellor

Immaculately preserved outbuildings

To the side of the house is the service courtyard. Here you’ll find the beautifully preserved laundry and adjoining brewhouse,.

Around the corner are three carriage houses containing on of the best original carriage collections in the National Trust's care. Here you can compare the merits of a phaeton, a barouche or a brougham.

As you explore the service courtyard, don't forget to pop into the second-hand bookshop, located in one of the old stable blocks. The books are carefully stacked up around some of the original fixtures and fittings still in place.

Explore the Victorian kitchen

The last stop on your house visit is the scullery and kitchen. Step through the brown, wooden doors off the service courtyard and immediately right to ascend the steps to the scullery.

This was used for washing huge amounts of vegetables and crockery. Take a look inside the original bread oven as you walk through this space.

The kitchen at Charlecote is one of the best surviving Victorian kitchens in Britain and would once have been the bustling hub of the house.

Today, the kitchen is preserved in time, with the fireplace and historic working table taking centre stage. You can imagine this space being a hive of activity here to prepare to feed the estate.

The kitchen leads into the Servants' Hall shop. As you step through the corridor, look up at the row of bells near the ceiling. The Servants' Hall would have been a bustling space for the service staff to congregate. Take a look at one of the walls to see what their average yearly wage would have been!

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