Charleston Farmhouse

Type:Historic House

Charleston House, Charleston, Firle, Lewes, East Sussex, BN8 6LL

Tel: 01323 811626

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The Bloomsbury group included some of the twentieth century’s most pioneering artists, writers and thinkers – people who believed in debate, creativity, beauty, innovation and truth and whose work was guided by a sense of fun, freedom and irreverence. At Charleston we aim to further the Bloomsbury group’s experimentalism, internationalism and anti-establishment approach, their new ideals for living and belief that the arts and freedom of expression are fundamental. A visit to Charleston is a liberating experience. The presence of Charleston’s Bloomsbury group occupants is still palpable today, as is their art, and the ideas that, from the rural tranquillity of the South Downs, helped to shape our society. The decorated interiors and artists’ garden are more than a museum. Charleston’s entire cultural programme remains true to its origins whilst encouraging contemporary creativity.

Visitors wishing to explore the creativity of the Bloomsbury Group in Sussex can now travel by bus to Charleston Farmhouse and Berwick Church. Compass Buses have rebranded their 125 service “The Bloomsbury Route” in honour of our famous former residents.

The bus departs from Lewes Bus Station and travels to Eastbourne via Ringmer, Glynde, Firle, Charleston driveway, Berwick and Alfriston – check out the timetable here . At the weekends, Cuckmere buses run the service, and travel all the way up to the farmhouse – perfect for families and visitors with limited mobility.

It’s the sustainable way to travel around this historic part of the district, and even better, Charleston are offering ‘Green Traveller’ house, garden and exhibition ticket discounts to Bloomsbury Route users.

Map & Directions

Road Directions

The nearest railway station is Glynde, which is 4 miles away.

Opening Times

Season (1 Jan 2023 - 31 Dec 2023)

* Galleries, Garden, Shop and The Threshing Barn:
Open all year

Wednesday to Sunday: 10am – 5pm
Monday and Tuesday: closed

The Shop and The Threshing Barn (Charleston’s new cafe) are available to visit without purchasing tickets for the House, Galleries or Gardens.

Opening times for the House (1 March – 4 November):
Wednesday – Saturday: Guided Tours
11:30am – 5pm (last entry 4pm)

Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday: Self-Guided Entry
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 10:00am at the Charleston Shop on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Wednesday – Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays
The Garden and Charleston Shop are open one hour before the House and close at the same time as the House.

The Café is open 11am – 5pm, serving light lunches from 12pm – 3pm and teas, coffees and cakes throughout the day.

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