Historic House / Palace

Near Lewes
East Sussex
House from garden

Ticket Prices

Book Tickets

Guide Prices

Prices are shown with / without 10% Gift Aid donation.
· Adult £16 / £14.50
· Friend of Charleston FREE
· Under 18 FREE
· Companion FREE
· National Art Pass £12.80 / £11.60
· A 15% discount applies to concession tickets*
· A 15% discount applies for over 65s

You get access to both of our current exhibitions when you buy a gallery ticket.
· Adult £9.90 / £9
· Friend of Charleston FREE
· Under 18 FREE
· Carer FREE
· National Art Pass £4.95 / £4.50
· A 15% discount applies to concession tickets*
· A 15% discount applies for over 65s

Map & Directions

Road Directions

By car:

There are signs to Charleston from the A27 Brighton to Eastbourne.

From the A27, you reach Charleston along a narrow country lane. There are deep ditches on either side and a very bumpy surface. Please take care!

Parking is free: follow the signs to the main car park. This is about 200m away from the entrance to the house.

There are a number of accessible spaces closer to the house (a 50m walk). Please follow the accessible parking signs.

Note: some sat navs get confused about our location. To avoid ending up somewhere unexpected, please refer to the directions above.


Public Transport Directions

By train:

From London:

There is a regular service from London Victoria to Lewes which is seven miles from Charleston.

At Lewes there is a taxi rank and advance booking is not necessary unless arriving early in the morning or late at night.

Onward journey information from Lewes station can be found on the National Rail website.

From Berwick:

The closest station to Charleston is Berwick, which is around four miles away. There are hourly trains from Brighton and Eastbourne to Berwick.

There is no taxi rank at Berwick.


By bus:

Travel by bus to Charleston is limited and we strongly recommend you plan your journey in advance.

Bus services calling at Charleston run from the bus station in Lewes to Eastbourne Monday-Saturday. Call 01323 870 920 or click here for more timetable details.

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.

We offer concessionary rates on entry for people arriving by bus and other green travellers. Please ask the driver to let you know where along the A27 to disembark for Charleston.

During Charleston Festival and Small Wonder Festival, a shuttle bus service to and from Lewes is scheduled for each Festival event.


By bike or on foot:

Charleston is in the heart of the South Downs National Park which is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). We would recommend walking or cycling around the area when you visit us.

If arriving by bike or on foot, we would recommend planning your journey before you set off.

You can find Charleston on OS Landranger maps 198 and 199 and OS Explorer maps 122 and 123.



  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Ramp/Level Access - To shop, toilet & ground floor of house and cafe.
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors


  • Cafe
  • On-Site cafe/restaurant
  • Picnic area
  • Picnic Site

Children & Infants

  • Baby changing
  • Family Friendly, Children Welcome
  • Highchair(s) available

Establishment Features

  • Event Venue
  • Garden / Grounds for visitors use
  • Gift shop
  • Groups by arrangement - Contact
  • Guided tours
  • LGBT Friendly
  • Licensed for alcohol
  • Open on bank holidays
  • Prior Booking Recommended
  • Special Opening for Groups by Arrangement
  • Toilets

Parking & Transport

  • Off-road parking
  • On Site Car Parking
  • On site parking

Payment Methods

  • Groups Accepted - Contact
  • Maestro Accepted
  • MasterCard
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Max group size - 50
  • Open by appointment outside normal opening times
  • Special group rates
  • Visa
  • Visa accepted

Provider Preferences

  • Countryside Setting
  • Indoor Attraction - House tours.
  • No Smoking Attraction

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Guided Tours Compulsory for Groups

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Tel: +44 (0)1323 811626

Opening Times

2021 (1 Mar 2021 - 28 Oct 2021)

* Opening times for the House:
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)
Shop, Café and Garden:
Open at 11:00am Wed-Sun & BH Monday throughout the season, and close with the House.