Charleston - Home of Art & Ideas

South Downs National Park

The experience

Take a guided tour of Charleston, an internationally renowned historic house, garden and art gallery preserved as a time capsule. Discover the liberal story behind this family home’s rich history, how it became a war-time artists’ retreat and home to ‘Bloomsbury’ for liberal ideas and conversation. Marvel at unique painted interiors and the varied art collection. Enjoy a delicious lunch made from locally sourced ingredients, and a glass of local wine in The Threshing Barn Café. Round off the day with a visit to Charleston’s new Galleries and explore the latest exhibition.

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The Charleston Trust

Firle, Lewes, East Sussex BN8 6LL

  • Traditional 17th Century English farmhouse with unique painted interiors and walled gardens
  • The Bloomsbury Narrative – progressive ideas, current exhibitions and links to the international art world
  • Local lunch and wine in a restored 18th Century barn

The detail

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3 hours

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Group size

2 - 10 people

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Cost per person

£45 per person

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Fitness level

Suitable for all fitness levels.

Parking Facilities

Free parking on-site.

Refreshments and meals

Lunch and a drink included.

Special equipment needed



Wednesday – Saturday, April – October.

Accessibility considerations and facilities

Accessible for all but guests with restricted mobility may be limited to the ground floor of the house.


Moderate English required to fully appreciate the tour.

Group information

  • Tour operator rate
  • Ad hoc group rate
  • Tour series rate
South Downs

South Downs National Park

Known as the ‘gateway to England’, this landscape of rolling hills, ancient woodland and picture perfect villages holds the secrets of thousands of years of settlement from prehistory to Caesar’s conquering forces.