Finding us

By Road

Charleston is sign-posted directly off the A27 Brighton to Eastbourne road, 7 miles east of Lewes, between the villages of Firle and Selmeston.

The access road to Charleston from the A27 is a narrow and rural private road owned by the Firle Estate.  It has deep ditches on both sides; please use the regular passing points if you face any oncoming traffic.

All cars and coaches should follow the signs to the main car park (not the Heavy Goods entrance further along the road).

There is free parking at Charleston.

Post code: BN8 6LL

Please be aware that some Sat Navs may misdirect you if using postcode alone. Please consult our directions above.

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By Rail

There is a regular service from London Victoria to Lewes which is about 7 miles from Charleston. There is a taxi office at Lewes station.

The nearest station is Berwick, approximately 4 miles from Charleston. There is no taxi rank at this station. If walking from Berwick station please be aware that part of the route is along the busy A27.

For comprehensive instructions on how to walk or cycle to Charleston from nearby railway stations click here.

For train time information please call National Rail Enquiries on 08457 484950 or visit

By Bus

The Seaford and District service 125 runs from Lewes on Wednesday – Friday, while the Cuckmere Community Bus runs on Saturdays. There is no bus service on Sundays or Bank Holiday Mondays.  Ring 01273 510181 or click here for timetable details. This service stops at both the bus station and Station Street in Lewes, you can then ask the driver to let you know where along the A27 to disembark for Charleston. It is then a 20 minute walk up a single track lane to get to the site.  Please be sure to check the timetable prior to travel as the service is limited.

Rural Setting

Charleston is situated in the heart of the South Downs National Park, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). We are a short walk or ride from the South Downs Way and can be found at OS TQ 490 069. Find Charleston on Ordnance Survey Landranger maps 198 and 199, and on Ordnance Survey Explorer maps 122 and 123.

We offer green concessions for entry to the house and gardens for anyone not arriving by car.

There is a trail running through Charleston’s grounds that will take you to the top of the Firle Beacon for views of the sea and back to Charleston by a different path – about an hour long round trip. (NB: steep in places.)

Charleston: A Walking Map

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This map provides three circular walks around Charleston and the surrounding area. Kindly supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and South Downs National Park Authority’s Sustainable Transport Fund.  For more information and to download click here.