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Charleston is a home, garden and art gallery located in the South Downs National Park. It was the birthplace of artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant from 1916, who were key members of the Bloomsbury community. Charleston House, Garden, Galleries, Shop and Café are open all year, Wednesday-Sunday.

What is the history of Charleston to the present day?

Charleston was the homeland of the musicians Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant. This attracted authors, writers and thinkers and became a gathering place for the popular Bloomsbury crowd, including Virginia & Leonard Woolf, Maynard Keynes, Roger Fry and Lytton Strachey. The Building was richly painted in post-Impressionist style by the artists. Hand-painted walls, furniture, doors and artefacts reflect the modern, often unorthodox life that Bell and Grant embraced and distinguished Charleston as a work of art. The collection consists works by Renoir, Picasso, Derain, Matthew Smith, Walter Sickert and Delacroix. Visit the House and Garden on a tour with one of their professional guides.

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As an artist it is perhaps to my detriment that I was not overly familiar with the Bloomsbury Group. I found the visit to Charleston House both educational but also eye-opening with respect to the dynamics involved in this group of people - especially giving that they did what they did in a very,...


My wife and I visited this wonderful old rambling farmhouse in Sussex on a gloriously sunny day after my wife had expressed a desire to visit using her Art fund pass. As I was not a member we just had to pay £12 for me to enter. I did not know what to expect and was pleasantly surprised about what I...


Visited here this afternoon,we had a guided tour booked for 12.30, very informative and beautifully presented house. The gardens were beautiful, a lovely couple of hours was spent, would highly recommend.


Well, I've been to Charleston many times. The Bloomsbury Group fascinate me. The house more so. If you haven't been, and you are interested culturally, then you must go! You won't be disappointed! It is simply amazing. Nestling in the South Downs it is easy to find, easy to park. They do have a r...


This was a second visit as there is so much to see it's hard to take all the information in. The guides are very knowledgeable.

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Closed Times: Monday-Tuesday

Open Times: Wednesday-Sunday and Bank Holidays. Check website for opening hours.


01323 811626
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Firle, Lewes, East Sussex, LewesBN8 6LL, United Kingdom

Seven miles east of Lewes, between villages of Firle and Selmeston.

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