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.
Charleston can be challenging to reach by public transport, so for those who persevere we offer discounted entry to the house and gardens (available to anyone not arriving by car, offered upon proof of either a bus ticket or muddy bicycle or boots).
Find Charleston on Ordnance Survey Landranger maps 198 and 199, and on Ordnance Survey Explorer maps 122 and 123. For comprehensive instructions on how to walk or cycle to Charleston from nearby railway stations click here.
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
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.
The Compass Travel service 125 runs from Lewes on Wednesdays to Saturdays. Call 01903 690025 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.
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 train time information please call National Rail Enquiries on 08457 484950 or visit http://www.nationalrail.co.uk.
Charleston is sign-posted off the A27 Brighton to Eastbourne road, 7 miles east of Lewes, between the villages of Firle and Selmeston. There is free parking at Charleston.
Post code: BN8 6LL