Situated in the heart of the South Downs, Charleston was the home of Bloomsbury artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant. Pioneers of early 20th century British art, Bell and Grant created a hub of artistic and intellectual activity at Charleston with visitors including Virginia and Leonard Woolf, John Maynard Keynes, E.M. Forster and many others.
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.
Without pre-booking, during popular times you may not be able enter the house straight away. There are plenty of other things to see and do at Charleston while you wait for entry to the House, including visiting our charming Garden, as well as visiting the Shop and Cafe. We also have free Walking Maps which you can follow to explore the beautiful South Downs.
We regret we cannot take any bookings over the phone.
Opening Times & Tours
The House & Garden are open from 1 March to 29 October 2017. Please see here for further details of opening times.
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. The Charleston Tour lasts one hour.
Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday
There are no tours on these days but our volunteer stewards are available to answer your questions. Ten tickets are sold for entry into the house every ten minutes. Tickets are sold online in advance and onsite on the day of your visit on a first come, first served basis.
Rooms are stewarded and you are able to see the house at your own pace. These are the best days to bring small children.
Bringing a group to Charleston? Enjoy an exclusive tour outside our public opening hours. Visit our Groups information pages for more details.