Make a day of it

If you are visiting Charleston, why not make a day of it by taking in some more of the 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 or tour towards 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 also the perfect pit stop for refreshment and food, either a light bite, a delicious lunch or an afternoon tea.

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

Download the Full Map

Bloomsbury in Sussex

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

Monk’s House

Monk’s House was the country home Leonard and the novelist Virginia Woolf. The tranquil 17th Century farmhouse is located 7 miles away in the village of Rodmell.

The Street, Rodmell, Nr. Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 3HF
Open 1st April – 25th October,
Wednesday – Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays,
1pm – 5.30pm (Last Entry at 5pm).
Telephone: 01273 474760

Berwick Church

During the Second World War, Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell were commissioned to paint the Murals at Berwick Church, which cover the nave walls, chancel arch, screen and pulpit. The church is located just 3 miles away in the village of Berwick.
Berwick, East Sussex
Open every day until dusk.
Telephone: 01323 870512

Other places of cultural interest in East Sussex

Farleys House and Gallery

Farleys was the home of photographer Lee Miller and the painter and biographer of Picasso, Roland Penrose.
Farley Farm House, Muddles Green, Chiddingly, Nr Lewes, East Sussex, BN8 6HW
Tel: 01825 872 856

Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft

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, the site of an opera house that, since 1934, has been the venue for the annual Glyndebourne Festival Opera

Sussex Past

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

Jerwood Gallery

Jerwood Gallery is a Modern British Art gallery in Hastings.

De La Warr Pavilion

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.

Towner Art Gallery

The Towner is a contemporary Art museum in Eastbourne.


What's on

08 Sep
Reading Group: Bloomsbury at Home

Informal reading and discussion group, exploring Bloomsbury texts and themes. First Sunday of every month.

15 SepMusic

Melvyn Tan will perform alongside Joely Richardson and the Škampa Quartet

21 Sep
My Life in Colour

CRESSIDA BELL talks to her sister, Virginia Nicholson, about Charleston, her design work and curating ‘In Colour.’

06 Oct
Reading Group: At the Omega Workshops

Informal reading and discussion group, exploring Bloomsbury texts and themes. First Sunday of every month.

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