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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.
Must be Pre-booked.
Call 01732 861142
25 February - 29 October, every day, 11:30am-5pm (last admission 4.15pm). House opens at 11:00am on weekends and bank holidays.
Check website for details.
Spring May Oct
Flowering Shrubs and bluebells Rose Gardens Autumn colours
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)
Countryside walks, daily access. Baby changing facilities. Car park closed 25th Dec, normally closes at 5.00pm or dusk if earlier.
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
Harrow Inn, Ightham
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!
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.