Make a day of it

If you are visiting Charleston, make a day of it by taking in more fantastic places to visit nearby, many of them with Bloomsbury connections.

Charleston’s rural setting in the South Downs National Park make it an ideal place to walk, cycle, and visitors  that arrive by foot or bike can receive a Green Traveller discount for House and Garden entry. For ramblers or those exploring the South Downs Way, our wonderful café is the perfect stop for refreshments and food.

Walking maps

Situated in the heart of the South Downs, the landscape around Charleston offers a number of countryside walks.

The Charleston walking map details three walks that explore the local landscape located at the foot of the Downs. All walks begin at Charleston and vary in distance. They use sections of the Old Coach Road, a tranquil ‘green lane’, which follows the base of the Downs, parallel with the A27. The villages of Firle, Alciston and Berwick lie along a spring line, where the chalk escarpment meets impermeable clay.

Walk 1: Short Walk around Charleston, 30 minutes, 2 km

Walk 2: Charleston to Firle, circular, 1 hour 15 minutes, 5 km

Walk 3: Charleston to Berwick, circular, 2 hours 15 minutes, 8.5 km

Bloomsbury in Sussex

Charleston is the perfect starting point to explore Bloomsbury in Sussex.

Monk’s House was the country home of the novelist Virginia Woolf. The tranquil 17th-century farmhouse is located 7 miles away from Charleston in the village of Rodmell.

Berwick Church is the home of extensive murals by Bloomsbury group artists, including former Charleston residents Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant.

Berwick Church is currently closed for restoration, reopening Spring 2020.

Other places to visit in East Sussex

Farleys House and Gallery was the home of photographer Lee Miller and painter and biographer of Picasso Roland Penrose.

Firle Place is a country estate in the South Downs National Park. 

De La Warr Pavilion, a pioneering centre for the arts in Bexhill-on-Sea, hosting contemporary exhibitions, events and entertainment in an iconic Modernist building.

Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft is an award winning museum located 10 minutes north of Brighton in the South Downs. It focuses on the artists and craftspeople who lived in the village at the start of the 20th Century.

Glyndebourne is an English country house and the site of an opera house that, since 1934, has been the venue for the annual Glyndebourne Festival Opera.

Hastings Contemporary is a Modern British Art gallery in Hastings.

Sussex Past are six historic sites in Sussex, including Lewes Castle, Michelham Priory, and the Long Man of Wilmington.

The Towner is a contemporary Art museum in Eastbourne.

Sussex Modern

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