Younger Visitors

Garden Room. Photograph by Penelope Fewster (c) courtesy of the Charleston Trust.

The best day for families with very young children to visit is Sunday. On Sundays there are stewards in each of the rooms so that you can see the house at your own pace. There is also a children’s trail that you can do together as you go around the house. This free flow system means that you can leave the house and return as often as you like or need.

From Wednesday to Saturday visiting the house is by guided tour only, which families can find restrictive at times.

The Site

Pushchairs are not permitted in the house, neither is food or drink. Slings worn at the front are fine, but not worn on the back.

We have a picnic field which visitors are welcome to use. The outer studio cafe offers a delicious selection of homemade cakes and light bites.

The garden is an ideal space for families to relax, read, sketch or investigate the vegetable patch.

Secret Garden Trails are available from the shop and focus on searching for statues in the Charleston gardens, drawing and colouring in.

You might also want to take a walk up onto the South Downs Way or take a bike ride along the Old Coach Road which runs along the back of Charleston.

We have a baby change facility within the accessible bathroom.