The House at Charleston is a charming series of individually designed and hand painted rooms in which the stories of the Bloomsbury group and the Charleston household can be explored and revealed. The informal nature of Charleston means that the House is not presented as a traditional museum, it was a home and so that every visitor can enjoy the detail of each room and its crafted objects, entry is by Tour or timed Self-Guided entry.
Did you know that John Maynard Keynes wrote The Economic Consequences of Peace at Charleston? His desk and room with the contemplative view over the pond is one of the highlights of the tour.
Guided House Tours : On 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 and passionate about Charleston and will impart the history, stories and lesser known wonders of the House, its inhabitants and objects in a tour that will last approximately an hour. After which you can explore the beautiful garden at your own pace.
Self Guided Tours : On Sundays and Bank Holidays, you will be able to guide yourself around the House with the assistance of our team of insightful volunteers in each of the ten rooms. This makes a great way to experience the charm of Charleston at your leisure and is particularly suitable for families.
Themed Tours : In 2017, we are celebrating the Centenary of Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant’s arrival at Charleston with a very special 80-minute extended tour. The tour begins in the rarely seen House Kitchen and then journeys through 10 rooms focusing on the early years at Charleston. The tour will be offered on selected days in June, September & October 2017.
We strongly recommend that you book your timed tour in advance of your visit.
Groups and private visits are welcome outside of public opening hours by prior arrangement. Groups of up to 50 people can be accommodated, depending on time and date availability.
All visits are by guided tour, led by our experienced guides. We offer a choice of tours to share different aspects of Charleston’s unique and fascinating history. Charleston’s group visit option allows for a special experience for a wide range of community groups, travel operators and arts enthusiasts, who can all enjoy the house with the benefit of a private booking.
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