The House

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.

Wednesdays – Saturdays: Entry to the house is by guided tour only. Tours leave throughout the afternoon every twenty minutes and there are ten spaces on each tour. Tickets are sold on a first come, first served basis.

We regret we cannot take any bookings over the phone – advance bookings can be made online through our online ticket booking facility here.

Fridays: Our Friday tours focus on a particular aspect of the life of the house. We research and prepare a new extended tour every two years. These are 60 minutes long and include the kitchen, a room not seen in other tours.
This particular tour is available every Friday throughout the season, except during July, August and September, 28th March, 18th April, 16th and 23rd May. The Charleston tour will run on these days.

Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays: Rooms are stewarded and you are able to see the house at your own pace.

These are the best days to bring small children.

There are no tours on these days but our stewards are available to answer your questions. Ten tickets are sold for entry into the house every ten minutes. Once you arrive on site you can book for any time slot for which there are tickets available.

Please note, 18th, 25th and 26th May: Due to the Charleston Festival, the house will be open by guided tour only. The Charleston Tour will run all day.

Please note, 25th September to 1st October: Due to the Small Wonder Festival, the House will be open by guided tour only (including Sunday). The Charleston Tour will run on these days, and tours will begin at 15 minute intervals from either 12 noon or 1pm.

Public tours

Exclusive tours