Virginia Woolf at Monk's HouseBloomsbury Group at Monk's 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.

Monk's House

The novelist Virginia Woolf and her husband Leonard bought Monk's House for the 'shape and fertlity and wildness of the garden'. Today, the lovely cottage garden contains a mix of flowers, vegetables, orchards, lawns and ponds.

Monk's House Garden

The house is full of their favourite things, and appears as if they are still in residence. It was here that Virginia Woolf worked on To The Lighthouse (1927), Orlando (1928 - inspired by Vita Sackville-West) and The Waves (1931).

Throughout her life, Virginia suffered from terrible bouts of depression. In 1941, she filled her coat pockets with stones and drowned herself in the nearby river Ouse. Her ashes were scattered in the garden at Monk's House, which remains much as the Woolfs left it.

Ticket Prices & Booking

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

Monk's House Opening Hours

Open from 28th March to 28th October
House: 13:00 to 17:00
Garden: 12:30 to 17:30

They say...

Cecil Woolf, Nephew
Leonard and Virginia had no children: their books and their garden were their children.”
Cecil Woolf, Nephew

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