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 online and onsite 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.

Themed Tours:

Our themed 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 80 minutes long and include the kitchen, a room not seen in other tours.
This year we are proud to present the Sisters Tour; examining the lives of the sisters Vanessa Bell and Virginia Woolf who stood at the centre of the Bloomsbury group.
This particular tour is available on selected dates throughout the season, March 26, April 2, 9, 17, May 7, 13th, and can be booked online. 

Following on from 2014 we are also offering 30 minute Family Tours on selected dates, April 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, May 27, 28, 29, 30. This tour can be booked online or onsite and it recommended for families due to the focus on art and the children who lived here. Please note that children must be accompanied on this tour.

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, 17th, 24th May: Due to the Charleston Festival, the house will be open by guided tour only. The Charleston Tour will run all day.

Please note, 27th September  Due to the Small Wonder Festival, the House will be open by guided tour only (including Sunday). The Charleston Tour will run all day.

Public tours

Exclusive tours