Chartwell and Hever Castle

Come spend the day in the most breathtaking locations

Tour Features

  • Duration: Full one day tour

  • Starting: London hotel, Heathrow/Gatwick Airport, Southampton Cruise Terminal

  • Finishing: London, Southampton (or wherever you wish)

  • Tour is customisable

  • Private luxury vehicle, chauffeur and qualified guide

Key Attractions

Chartwell: Churchill's paintings, hillside garden and lakes.

Hever Castle: The Book of Hours, Astor Suite

Entrance fees to all featured attractions is included.

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Outline Itinerary

Winston and Clementine Churchill bought Chartwell in 1922; it would be their family home for the next forty years.

Winston Churchill started his life as a soldier and journalist and travelled the world. He would go on to serve as Prime Minister twice, as a member of Parliament for over 60 years under five different monarchs and to lead Britain to victory in the Second World War.

He loved Chartwell. Housing the largest collection of Churchill’s paintings and filled with treasures from every aspect of Churchill’s life, the rooms remain much as they were when he lived there, offering a unique opportunity to explore the home of one of Britain’s greatest leaders. Here Churchill was a politician and statesman but also a husband, father, writer, painter and garden planner. The rooms in the house remain much as they were when he lived here, with pictures, books and personal mementoes while a special exhibition gives deeper insight into his life through 50 objects.

The hillside gardens reflect on Churchill’s love of the landscape and nature, including the lakes he created, the kitchen garden and the Marycot, a playhouse designed for Mary, Winston and Clementine’s youngest daughter.

Dating back to the 13th century, Hever Castle was once the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII and Mother of Elizabeth I. It formed the unlikely backdrop to a sequence of tumultuous events that changed the course of Britain’s history, monarchy and religion. Its panelled rooms house fine furniture, tapestries, antiques and an impressive collection of Tudor portraits. The Book of Hours Room beautifully illuminates two prayer books which belonged to Anne Boleyn and bear her inscriptions and signature.

Today, much of what you see is the result of the remarkable efforts of William Waldorf Astor, who used his fortune to restore and extend the Castle in the early 20th century. The Astor Suite is dedicated to its more recent history, showcasing pictures and memorabilia relating to the Astor family and the Edwardian period.

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