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GROUP VISITS AT CHARLESTON Charleston welcomes group bookings and is able to provide you with exclusive access to the house and walled garden. Group visits take place outside of our public opening hours, Wednesday – Saturday. Groups of up to 50 people can be accommodated, depending on time and date availability. All private group visits are by guided tour, led by one of our experienced guides. We offer a choice of tours to share different aspects of Charleston’s unique and fascinating history. Our group rates are £9.00 per person, with a minimum charge of £90.00. Evening visits are available for £15.00 per person, including a glass of wine (minimum charge of £150.00).

Group Tours We suggest you allow two hours for your visit. This will ensure you have plenty of time for your tour, to see the garden and to visit our shop. The Charleston Tour An excellent introduction, this tour tells the story of Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant and their family and friends, from their arrival at the house in 1916 to the foundation of the Charleston Trust in the 1980s.

The Sisters Tour This tour examines the lives of the sisters, Vanessa Bell the painter, and Virginia Woolf the writer, who stood at the centre of the Bloomsbury group. A Day in the Life of Charleston. From sunrise to sunset, explore the details of a working day at Charleston. This tour includes a visit to the kitchen where Grace Higgins – Charleston’s housekeeper – would begin her day.

Curator Talks at Charleston A talk from Dr. Darren Clarke, Charleston’s Head of Curatorial Services, offers a perfect complement to your tour of the house. Available Wednesday – Friday. ‘Picturing Charleston’ charts the emerging presence of Charleston in the artists’ work, from anonymous subject to quintessential Bloomsbury residence. ‘Bloomsbury and Sussex’ explores the group’s relationship with the Sussex countryside. Duration: approximately 45 minutes. Cost: £200. If you plan to visit Berwick Church, Dr. Clarke’s talk on the murals painted by Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant offers an excellent introduction before your visit. 30 minutes, £150.

What to do next If you would like to arrange a group visit to Charleston, fill out the enquiry form on the back of this leaflet. Return this to use – either by email or in the post – and we will contact you to discuss your enquiry. Please note that to then confirm your booking we will require a completed booking form and a non-refundable deposit of 50% of the total cost. Group cost Tea, coffee & biscuits Evening group cost Group leader

Price £9.00 per person (£90.00 per group minimum) £2.50 per person extra £15.00 per person (£150.00 group minimum) Free with groups of 15+ (otherwise £9.00)

Opening hours: 1:00 – 5:00pm (12:00 – 5:00pm in July and August). We are limited as to how many groups can visit per day. We suggest you contact us early to avoid disappointment. Due to low light levels at certain times of the year, evening group visitors may not have as clear a view of some of the paintings as those visiting during daylight hours. Coach parking is available on site. Access: The ground floor of the house is fully accessible, but access to the first floor is via steep stairs with a handrail on the left side. All other amenities are fully accessible with ramped access.

Charleston, Firle, East Sussex. BN8 6LL. Tel: 01323 811626


Group Booking Enquiry Form. Name of group leader(s):

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Please return the form by email to or by post to: Group Bookings, c/o Visitor Management Team, Charleston, Firle, East Sussex. BN8 6LL.