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Kent, TN16 1PS

01732 868381

01732 868 193

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Opening Days and Hours
Dates/days/times open:

Houseu00a025 Februaryu00a0- 29 October weekdaysu00a011:30am - 5pm

House 25 February - 29 October weekends 11:00am - 5pm

Studio 25 February - 29 Octoberu00a012.00noon - 4.00pm

Studio 30 October - 31 December 12:00noon - 3:30pm

Gardens, Shop & Restaurant

25 February - 29 October 10am-5pm

30 October - 31 December 10am - 4pm

Last admission to gardens 45 minutes before closing. Closes at dusk if earlier.

Admission by timed ticket to house, which should be purchased on arrival. Afternoon entry to the house can be booked (see website for details.

Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Parties/Coaches: Yes

Must be Pre-booked.

Group Appointment: Yes

Call 01732 861142

House Open for Viewing: Yes

25 February - 29 October, every day, 11:30am-5pm (last admission 4.15pm). House opens at 11:00am on weekends and bank holidays.

National Garden Scheme days: Yes

Check website for details.

Best Times of Year to Visit:

Spring May Oct

To see:

Flowering Shrubs and bluebells Rose Gardens Autumn colours

Admission Prices

Gift Aid Admission (Standard Admission prices in brackets)
House, garden and studio:
Adult £15.00 (£13.50)
Child £7.50 (£6.75)
Family £37.50 (£33.75)

Garden and studio:
Adult £7.40 (£6.70)
Child £3.70 (£3.35)
Family £18.50 (£16.75)

Onsite Facilities
Parking: Yes
Shop: Yes
Teas: Yes
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Lavatories: Yes
Plants for Sale: No
Refreshment: Yes
On Lead only: Yes
Disabled Access: Yes
Lunches: Yes
Picnics: Yes
Special Events: No
Other Facilities & Comments:

Countryside walks, daily access. Baby changing facilities. Car park closed 25th Dec, normally closes at 5.00pm or dusk if earlier.

Garden Features & Events

Family home of Sir Winston Churchill; Home of Winston Churchill, the BBC's 'Greatest Briton'; Unrivalled collection of Churchill paintings, photographs and memorabilia; Beautiful rose and water gardens commissioned by the Churchills; Countryside walks with stunning views over the Weald; Productive vegetable garden, restored using original plans

English Heritage/Visit Scotland Garden Grade:
National Collection:
Nearby Cambridgeshire Hotels, Facilities & Amenities

Hotels & Accommodation:

In Westerham


On site

Inns & Pubs:

Harrow Inn, Ightham

Villages / Towns / Sightseeing:

Westerham village
Quebec House
Emmetts Garden
Ightham Mote

Description of Garden

The lovely gardens command unrivalled views over the Weald of Kent and contain lakes, a water garden, golden orfe pools, Lady Churchill's rose garden, and the Golden Rose Walk which was given to the Churchills on their golden wedding anniversary by their children. Viewed from the terrace above it is a stunning sight all through the summer and early autumn when the 32 varieties of yellow and golden roses are in flower. Nearby is the Wendy House built for Churchill's daughter, Lady Mary Soames. The visitor can also see Sir Winston's famous brick walls which were built by him personally in the 1920's and 30's and this physical labour, together with his painting, may have become a kind of therapy when he was out of favour politically. In 1928 he was even invited to become an adult apprentice of the Amalgamated Union of Building Trade Workers by their then General Secretary!

History Of Garden

The planting and overall design were largely the responsibility of Lady Churchill, assisted by her head gardener, Victor Vincent from after the war until 1979. After Sir Winston's death in 1965, Chartwell was taken on by the National Trust who employed Lanning Roper, at that time a consultant for the Trust, to re-design parts of the garden in co-operation with Lady Soames. Philip Tilden had previously transformed the house into a suitable and comfortable residence for the family improving its views of, and access to, the garden.

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