The modernist home and studio of the painters Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant, Charleston was 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, and 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 exhibitions, events and festivals.
Book ahead to see inside the house and exhibitions, but the cafe, garden and grounds are free to visit, and offer a varied experience throughout the seasons.
Explore the famous farmhouse and gardens
A year-round programme of exhibitions
World-renowned festivals, including Charleston Festival and Festival of the Garden
When to visit
Charleston is open to visitors all year round. This includes Charleston’s cafe partner, Caccia & Tails, shop, exhibitions, house and garden.
The garden is FREE to visit all year round.
Ticket prices: FREE – £16
While you’re in the area
- Monk’s House (National Trust) – the Sussex home of Virginia and Leonard Woolf
- The Ram Inn, Firle
- The Star, Alfriston