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.