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Welcome

If you lived there you could make it absolutely divine.” – Virginia Woolf to her sister Vanessa Bell on Charleston.

In 1916 the artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant along with their unconventional household moved to Charleston. Carried by love, life, art and friendship, Bell and Grant challenged conventions and transformed Charleston from a typical Sussex farmhouse to a decorative masterpiece and vibrant artists’ garden.

Visit Charleston and step into the only complete Bloomsbury interior in the world and let us tell you the stories of the remarkable people who lived, visited and worked at Charleston.

Opening times at Charleston

1 March 2017 – 29 October 2017

Opening Times For The House:

Wednesdays – Saturdays : Guided Tours
March – June : 12pm – 5pm (last entry 4pm)
July & August : 11:30am – 5:30pm (last entry 4:30)
September & October : 12pm – 5pm (last entry 4pm)

Sundays & Bank Holiday Mondays : Self-Guided Entry
March – October : 12pm – 5pm (last entry 4pm)

To ensure you get the most out of your visit the House is open by timed entry.  We advise that you book your tickets in advance to guarantee entry at your preferred time. You can book tickets to visit Charleston with our fast, secure, booking site.

Tickets can be booked in advance up until midnight of the day before you wish to visit.  If you are wanting to book for visiting today, we make some tickets available that can be purchased on the day in the Charleston Shop on a first come first served basis. Availability is limited.

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Opening Times For The Garden, Shop & Café

The Garden, The Charleston Shop and the Café at Charleston open one hour earlier than the House and close at the same time following the end of the last House tour..

The Charleston Shop opening times between 29 October and Christmas 2017 will be Saturdays and Sundays, 11am – 4pm.

The Café is not open at all out of season although we will be serving hot drinks and biscuits / cakes in the Charleston Shop.

Discover The House

Read more about the House and what to expect on your visit

Discover The Garden

Read more about the features of the Garden and to what to expect on your visit

Admission Prices


In 2014, Gift Aid generated an additional £24,000 for The Charleston Trust which made a significant contribution to the maintenance of the House and Garden. As an independent charity, this additional income is very valuable to us.

House and Grounds
with voluntary Gift Aid donation*
without voluntary Gift Aid donation
Adults £14.00 £12.50
Friends of Charleston FREE FREE
Children (6-18 years)**
House tour not recommended for young children.
Families with children are recommended to visit on Sundays or Bank Holidays
£8.50 £7.50
Accessible
(restricted mobility, ground floor-only)***
£8.50 £7.50
Concessions
(Green traveller, student, jobseeker; proof required)****
£13.00 £11.50
Family ticket (up to 2 adults and up to 2 children) £38.00 £34.00
National Art Pass (Wed – Sat Charleston Tours) £7.00 £6.25
National Art Pass (Sunday & BH Monday Self-Guided entry) FREE FREE
Specialist Tours
80 minute Centenary Tour £16.00 £14.50
Friends of Charleston FREE FREE
Garden only
Adults £5.00 £4.50
Children £2.75 £2.50

*If you are a UK taxpayer and you pay or higher, Gift Aided ticket price, the Charleston Trust can then claim back 25% from the government. In the current tax year, you will need to pay sufficient UK Income Tax/Capital Gains Tax to cover both this donation to Charleston and any other gift aided donations you may make.

**Places for children under 6 are free but must be booked, as spaces are strictly limited. We recommend families with children visit on Sundays when you are free to explore the House at your own pace. Tours are not recommended for young children.

***Accessible tickets can be pre-booked online, however if you have any questions we are happy to discuss your visit in advance. Please call the Visitor Manager on 01323 811626. Access information can be found below.

****Green Concession applies to visitors arriving by means other than their car (public transport, on foot or on bike). We do not offer senior concessions. Proof of eligibility is required for concession ticket holders.

Map and Directions

Car
Charleston is sign-posted off the A27 Brighton to Eastbourne road, 7 miles east of Lewes, between the villages of Firle and Selmeston.

The access road to Charleston from the A27 is a narrow rural road. The road is uneven and has deep ditches on either sides; please take care and use the regular passing points if you encounter oncoming traffic.

There is free parking at Charleston.

All cars and coaches should follow the signs to the main car park which is approximately a 200 metre walk from the House entrance.  There are dedicated accessible spaces in the top car park which is approximately a 50 metre walk from the House entrance.

Post code: BN8 6LL – Please be aware that some Sat Navs may misdirect you if using postcode alone. Please consult our directions above.

Rail
There is a regular service from London Victoria to Lewes which is 7 miles from Charleston. There is a taxi office at Lewes station.
The nearest station is Berwick, approximately 4 miles from Charleston. There is no taxi rank at this station. If walking from Berwick station, please be aware that some routes will lead you along the busy A27. It is advisable to carry an ordinance survey map of the area.

Bus
The Seaford and District service 125 runs from Lewes, Wednesday – Friday

The Cuckmere Community Bus runs on Saturdays. This service stops at both the bus station and Station Street in Lewes.

Please ask the driver to let you know where along the A27 to disembark for Charleston. It is a 15 – 20 minute walk up a single track lane to get to the site from the bus stop.

Call 01273 510181 or view here for more timetable details.

There is no bus service on Sundays or Bank Holiday Mondays – except during The Charleston Festival and the Small Wonder Festivals, when a shuttle bus service to Lewes is scheduled to operate.

Walking or Cycling
Charleston is situated in the heart of the South Downs National Park, an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ (AONB). If you are walking or cycling to Charleston, we recommend using an ordinance survey map. Find Charleston on Ordnance Survey Landranger maps 198 and 199, and on Ordnance Survey Explorer maps 122 and 123.

We offer green concessions for entry to the house and gardens for anyone not arriving by car.

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Access at Charleston

 

The ground floor of the house is fully accessible, but access to the first floor is via steep stairs. All rooms in the House have one chair for visitors to use and shooting sticks are available upon request.

The Garden and grounds are partially accessible with pathways and viewing points made from bound earth with lime and gravel. Due to the historic nature of the Garden design, some pathways are narrow and irregular and the ground can be uneven.

The café, shop and toilet are fully accessible with ramped entrances.

Dedicated parking spaces are available closer to the House in the top car park, approximately 50 meters from the House entrance.  The main car park is approximately 250 meters from the House entrance.

Due to the domestic scale of the house we are only able to accommodate wheelchairs with dimensions less than 115cm (L) X 65cm (W)/ 45″ (L) X 25″ (W).

Charleston has two visitor wheelchairs which can be reserved in advanced or booked on the day.

For visitors with restricted mobility, we offer Garden & ground floor only tickets for the House. Accessible tickets can be booked online and include a free ticket for a companion

The Charleston Shop counter is fitted with a hearing loop. Neck Loops and radio receivers for guided tours are available and can be reserved ahead of your visit.

Guide dogs are welcome in the House, Garden and throughout the site.

We welcome any questions about your visit by telephone on 01323 811 626 or by email to info@charleston.org.uk

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