Visiting the House

Charleston’s individually designed and hand-painted rooms provide unique spaces in which you can explore the stories and unconventional lives of Bloomsbury group artists, Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant, and their influential friends and relatives.

One of the highlights of the House is the Studio, the site of artistic innovation at Charleston for over fifty years.  Masterpieces of Bloomsbury art and design such as the famous Studio Fireplace by Duncan Grant sit alongside the ephemera of everyday life, all gently bathed in the artists’ favoured northern light.

The House in Winter:

7 November – 28 February

Wednesday to Sunday: Guided Tours of the House
11.30am – 3pm (tours every 30 minutes, last entry 2.30pm)
Monday and Tuesday: closed
*Charleston will be closed on Wednesday 26 December. 

Join us for a forty minute visit to the House taking in five rooms. Your guide will reveal the hardships of winter at Charleston for its inhabitants and discuss our essential winter conservation programme today. We recommend you wear warm clothing and footwear.
We advise that you book your tickets in advance online to guarantee entry at your preferred time.  Tickets can be booked online until midnight the day before you wish to visit.

On the day, tickets can be purchased in person from 10:00am at the Charleston Shop on a first-come, first-serve basis.


House Tours, Self-Guided Entry and Extended Tours

From 1 March 2019 only
Guided House Tours: From Wednesdays to Saturdays your House visit will be with a guide in a small group of no more than ten people. Our guides are hugely knowledgeable about Charleston and will impart the history, stories and lesser known facts about the House, its inhabitants and objects in a tour that will last an hour, after which you can explore the garden at your own pace.

Self-Guided Entry: On Sundays and Bank Holidays you will be able to guide yourself around the House with the assistance of our insightful volunteer stewards, who are there to give you as much information as you would like. This is a great way to experience the atmosphere of Charleston at your leisure and is particularly suitable for families.

Extended Tours: Offered only once a day during our off-peak season, extended tours offer the chance for Bloomsbury enthusiasts to visit the rarely seen House Kitchen and take in a longer tour exploring a particular aspect of Charleston’s history in detail. These tours are ideal for culture lovers and return visitors to Charleston.

Admission to the house is limited; we strongly recommend that you book your tickets in advance of your visit.


Private and Group Tours

Groups and private visits are welcome outside of public opening hours by prior arrangement. Groups of up to 50 people can be accommodated.

All visits are by guided tour, led by our experienced guides, and can be tailored to the interests of your group.  A popular destination for community groups, travel operators and arts enthusiasts, early booking is strongly advised.

Full details about Group Visits are found here.

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Queer House Tours Launch

Queer Bloomsbury presents an LGBTQ+ day of celebration and the launch of our new queer house tours.

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Designer & Makers Fair

Beautiful and unique wares from the finest designers and makers in the South.

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