Vanessa Bell at CharlestonBloomsbury Group & Charleston House

Full Day - £350.00 (up to 5 people)

Tour Itinerary


London Victoria station

Depart train from London Victoria.
11.25 approx.


Arrive at Lewes station.


Arrive at Charleston and visit the house and gardens, including guided tour (booking required).


Enjoy a picnic supplied by Potted History Tours or have lunch at the onsite cafeteria.

Depart for Monk's House

Travel to Monk's house, around 20 minutes driving time.

Arrive at Monk's House

See the tranquil 17th-century weatherboarded home of Virginia and Leonard Woolf, full of works of art and atmosphere. The house is full of the Woolfs' favourite things, and you can see why the wider Bloomsbury Group visited so often. Enjoy the garden that inspired Virginia's famous works and the writing room that offered a peaceful haven of creativity. She spent many hours a day in the lodge, sleeping in it on fine summer evenings.

Depart Monk's House

Depart for Lewes station and the train back to London Victoria. Arrive approximately 19.00.


In 1916 the artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant moved to 'Charleston' in Sussex with their unconventional household. Inspired by Italian fresco painting and the Post-Impressionists, the artists decorated the walls, doors and furniture in the 18th Century house.

Charleston Interior

The walled garden was redesigned in a southern European style, with mosaics, box hedges, gravel pathways and ponds, but with a touch of Bloomsbury humour in the placing of the statuary.

The rooms on show form a complete example of the decorative art of the Bloomsbury artists: murals, painted furniture, ceramics, objects from the Omega Workshops, paintings and textiles. The collection includes works by Renoir, Picasso, Derain, Matthew Smith, Walter Sickert, Tomlin and Delacroix.

Vanessa Bell and Marjorie Strachey ran an arts summer school for children at Charleston, aiming to arouse their interest in the arts without the formality and stiffness of a traditional school. Drama productions were presented to the children's parents and friends, and amateur dramatics continued to be a popular form of entertainment at Charleston in the period between the wars.

Did You Know

The art collection at Charleston includes work by Renoir, Picasso, Derain, Matthew Smith, Sickert, Tomlin and Delacroix.

Tickets Pricing & Booking

Full Day Tour - £350.00 (up to 5 people)
10.30am - 17.30pm
20% deposit payable at time of booking.

Charleston Opening Times

1st March to 28th October
House: 11:30 – 17:00 (last entry 16:00)
Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays: Self-Guided Entry 12:00 – 17:00
Garden: open 11:00 - 17:00

They say...

Dorothy Parker, attrib.
“They lived in squares, painted in circles and loved in triangles”
Dorothy Parker, attrib.

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Charleston images supplied by Penelope Fewster