Type:Historic House / Palace

Firle, Near Lewes, East Sussex, BN8 6LL
Charleston. Credit: Lewis Ronald
  • Charleston. Credit: Lewis Ronald
  • The Library. Credit: Lewis Ronald
  • The Garden
  • The Garden. Credit: Lewis Ronald
  • Charleston
  • The Studio at Charleston. Credit: Lewis Ronald
  • Charleston. Credit: James Ratchford
  • The Charleston Trust. Credit: Lewis Ronald
  • The Charleston Trust. Credit: Lewis Ronald
  • The studio at Charleston. Credit: Lee Robbins

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Charleston was the modernist home and studio of the painters Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant and a gathering point for some of the 20th century’s most radical artists, writers and thinkers known collectively as the Bloomsbury group. It is where they came together to imagine society differently. It has always been a place where art and experimental thinking are at the centre of everyday life.

Today, Charleston presents a dynamic year-round programme of exhibitionsevents and festivals.

Upcoming Exhibitions at Firle

David Hockney: Love Live

13 September 2023 – 10 March 2024


Osman Yousefzada

13 September 2023 – 10 March 2024


Please visit the website for full information about accessibility:

Book Tickets

Guide Prices

Prices are shown with / without 10% Gift Aid donation.
· Adult £18.50 / £16.50
· Friend of Charleston FREE
· Under 18 FREE (up to 4 children when purchased alongside standard adult ticket)
· Companion FREE
· National Art Pass £14 / £12.50
· A discount applies to concession tickets*

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 discount applies to concession tickets*
· A 15% discount applies for over 65s



  • 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

Opening Times

2024 (1 Mar 2024 - 28 Oct 2024)

* Opening times for the House, Galleries, garden, shop & Cafe:
Wednesdays – Saturdays (and Bank Holiday Mondays): 10am-5pm (last admission 4pm, from 3 Oct last admission is 3:40pm)
Monday & Tuesday: closed

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