1 March 2018 – 28 October 2018
Wednesdays – Saturdays: Guided Tours
March – June : 11:30am – 5pm (last entry 4pm)
July and August : 11:30am – 5:30pm (last entry 4:30pm)
September and October : 11:30am – 5pm (last entry 4pm)
Sundays and 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 strongly 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 11:00am at the Charleston Shop on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Wednesday – Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays
The Café serves light lunches from 12pm – 3pm and teas, coffees and cakes throughout the day.
Read more about the House and what to expect on your visit.
Read more about the features of the Garden and to what to expect on your visit.
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
|Friends of Charleston||FREE||FREE|
(Over 65, student, green traveller, job-seeker, disabled)*
Accessible (ground floor-only),** child (6-18),*** National Art Pass (Charleston Tours)
Child (under 6), National Art Pass (Sunday)
Up to 2 adults and 2 children
|80 minute Centenary Tour||£20.00||£18.00|
|Friends of Charleston||FREE||FREE|
|Children (Under 18)||FREE||FREE|
*Proof of eligibility is required for all concession ticket holders. Green Traveller concession applies to visitors arriving by means other than their car (public transport, on foot or on bike).
**Accessible and disabled tickets can be booked online, however if you have any questions we are happy to discuss your visit in advance. Please call the Visitor Team on 01323 811626. Access information can be found below.
***We recommend families with children visit on Sundays and Bank Holidays when you are free to explore the House at your own pace. Tours are not suitable for young children. Children under 6 are free but tickets must be booked as spaces are limited.
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 belonging to the Firle Estate. 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.
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.
There is a regular service from London Victoria to Lewes which is 7 miles from Charleston.
Lewes is a major station where taxis are usually available on a rank. Advance booking is not normally necessary, unless arriving early in the morning or late at night. See here for National Rail onward travel information for Lewes station, including taxi numbers. Taxi journeys are usually calculated by meter, and you can expect a cost in the region of £20 one way.
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 ordnance survey map of the area.
Travel by bus to Charleston is limited and we strongly recommend you plan your journey in advance. 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 minute walk up a single track lane to get to the site from the bus stop.
Call 01323 870 920 or view here for more timetable details.
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 ordnance 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.
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.
Dedicated parking spaces are available closer to the House in the top car park, approximately 50 metres from the House entrance. The main car park is approximately 250 metres from the House entrance.
Charleston is a rural site and the grounds can be uneven. There are gravel paths.
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 advance or booked on the day.
For visitors with restricted mobility, we offer Garden and ground floor only tickets for the House.
Mobility scooters can be used in the gardens, shop and cafe, but they usually exceed the dimensions we can accommodate for use in the house.
Guide and assistance dogs are welcome in the House, Garden, Shop, Café and throughout the site. No other dogs are permitted, so please ensure your dog is wearing its identifying jacket.
We welcome any questions about your visit by telephone on 01323 811 626 or by email to email@example.com
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