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Charleston House

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Charleston was the home and country meeting place for the writers, painters and intellectuals of the Bloomsbury group.

The House, Garden, Shop and Café are open Wednesday-Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays March-October.

Charleston is presented to look as it did when the family lived here.

To protect the atmosphere and collection, entry to the house is timed and limited. During popular times you may not be able enter the house straightaway. On very busy days we can sell out of tickets altogether. There are plenty of other things to see and do at Charleston while you wait.

Wednesday – Saturday

Entry to the house is by guided tour only. Tours leave at regular intervals throughout the afternoon and there are ten spaces on each tour. Tickets are sold online in advance and onsite on the day of your visit on a first come, first served basis.

Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday

Rooms are stewarded and you are able to see the house at your own pace. These are the best days to bring small children.


Charleston’s walled garden was created by the artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant to designs by Roger Fry.

Together they transformed vegetable plots and hen runs, essential to the household during the First World War, into a quintessential painters’ garden mixing Mediterranean influences with cottage garden planting. In the 1920s a grid of gravel paths gave structure to beds of plants chosen by Grant and Bell for their intense colour and silver foliage. These became the subject of many still lifes over their long residence at Charleston.

Part of the garden’s sense of luxuriance and surprise comes from the variety of sculpture it contains. Classical forms sit side by side with lifesize works by Quentin Bell, mosaic pavements and tile-edged pools. The orchard offers shade from the sun and the pond a focus for tranquil contemplation.


• Adult: £11 (£12.50 with gift aid)

• Children (6-16 years): £6 (£7 with gift aid)

• (House not suitable for small children)

• Accessible (restricted mobility, ground floor only): £6 (£7 with gift aid)

• Concessions (Students/Green Concession*/ Unemployed or receiving benefits – proof required): £10 (£11 with gift aid)

• Family ticket (2 adults and up to 2 children): £31 (£35 with gift aid)

Garden only

• Adult: £4.50 (£5 with gift aid)

• Children: £2.50 (£2.75 with gift aid)

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