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Charleston

Charleston Firle, Lewes BN8 6LL, England
+44 1323 811626
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Shame about the art

Fascinating house, but for all the wrong reasons. We had a very knowledgeable guide (who, when I... read more

Reviewed today
Linda Z
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London, United Kingdom
Fascinating but shame you can’t take photos

We visited with our two young children ages 2 and 4 and had a guided tour. We found the tour... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Louise S
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London, United Kingdom
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Charleston was the home and country meeting place for the writers, painters and intellectuals known as the Bloomsbury group. The interior was painted by the artists Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell, and together with their collection forms a unique example of their decorative style. Charleston is open from 1 March to 29 October, Wednesday to Sunday and BH Mondays. Please see our website for opening hours and to book ahead of your visit. During the winter months, the house museum is closed for its annual programme of conservation work.
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Charleston Firle, Lewes BN8 6LL, England
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"vanessa bell and duncan grant"
in 34 reviews
"bloomsbury group"
in 92 reviews
"bloomsbury set"
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"guided tour"
in 41 reviews
"house tour"
in 12 reviews
"maynard keynes"
in 14 reviews
"berwick church"
in 14 reviews
"literary festival"
in 6 reviews
"painted walls"
in 6 reviews
"art history"
in 4 reviews
"et al"
in 4 reviews
"informative guide"
in 4 reviews
"fascinating house"
in 8 reviews
"virginia woolf"
in 20 reviews
"walled garden"
in 12 reviews
"own pace"
in 7 reviews
"great insight"
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Reviewed today

Fascinating house, but for all the wrong reasons. We had a very knowledgeable guide (who, when I asked a question, told me off for not concentrating!) who managed to avoid any mention of the real reason the Bloomsbury group were so famous. Instead she concentrated...More

Thank Linda Z
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We visited with our two young children ages 2 and 4 and had a guided tour. We found the tour fascinating and enthralling BUT seems silly you cannot take photos. Our guide told us they would like more visitors - surely photographs posted by visitors...More

Thank Louise S
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Reviewed 5 days ago

If you like clutter, strange décor and dubious art, then this is the place for you. These artists and their work would never have been noted in normal circumstances, but because of their connections they have gained fame. The pottery in particular, I have seen...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

An interesting house with a lovely garden, and by reading past reviews we were lucky to have an knowledgeable tour guide. It is a little 'nursery school' with the repeated checking of the tickets, to the point where they implied we would have to wait...More

Thank Q0FE
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I must say straight away that I personally have never had any interest in the Bloomsbury Group, but my wife and I visited because she was curious. Sorry to say we both found the whole experience thoroughly underwhelming, though in fairness we can understand that...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Definitely worth a visit for anyone remotely artistic looking to be inspired. We visited on a Sunday and even with a timed ticket the venue is busy. You are told you can stay as long as you like, but the reality is far from that,...More

Thank Andrea B
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you are interested in art and design this is a great place to visit. Tucked away in the lea of the South Downs, the house and gardens provide a haven of peace and tranquility. The welcome from staff was both friendly and informative. The...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have been here at least 4 times bringing different friends to share the experience. Each guide has been interesting and informative and each guide had a different slant on the occupants and people who frequented the house. I hope to go back at least...More

Thank Gin-Ginnie
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CharlestonTrust, Operations and Visitor Experience Manager at Charleston, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you very much for sharing your experience here at Charleston. We're so pleased to hear you enjoy coming to Charleston and how each guide has their own way of telling the story of the House and its inhabitants. On your next visit we hope...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really enjoyed our tour of the house and hearing its history. Wonderful seeing all the fantastic paintings and pottery created by the Bloomsbury group. Mind you with all the bed hoping it’s a wonder they had time to paint and write! The house and grounds...More

Thank Vicky T
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

An absolute gem in the Sussex countryside. We booked a tour of the house and would recommend others to do the same. Our guide was Louise and she was very knowledgeable and told us lots about the family and visitors plus pointed out objects that...More

Thank Fiona H
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Joan B
30 August 2016|
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Response from angelafarrance | Reviewed this property |
I think there is a bus which runs along the main a27 road and then it's a walk to Charleston from there of about 15 minutes I would say.
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Elizabeth V
24 July 2016|
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Response from CharlestonTrust | Property representative |
Dear Elizabeth, Thank you very much for your question - we would be very happy to welcome you to Charleston. Trains run from London Victoria to Lewes at regular intervals. Please look at the National Rail Enquiries... More
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Robyn S
30 May 2016|
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Response from CharlestonTrust | Property representative |
Dear Robyn, Thanks for your question. Trains go from London Victoria to Lewes and take around 75 minutes. From Lewes you can get a bus to Charleston, but the timetable is quite infrequent so we recommend checking in... More
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