Visit > Charlton House
There is plenty to see and do at Charlton House & Gardens, whether you are coming as an individual, with friends, or as a family. With free entry, you can explore and learn all about the long and eventful history of the beautiful jacobean rooms, corridors and staircases you will discover, as well as the stunning walled gardens and grounds.
The house was built between 1607 and 1612 for Sir Adam Newton, who was tutor to Henry, Prince of Wales - the eldest son of James I. It is one of the finest surviving Jacobean manor houses in England.
Key highlights of the house, not to be missed, are the Minstrel Hall, Old Library and Long Gallery. Charlton House & Gardens illustrates a little-represented phase in the evolution of the English country house, linking the sprawling style of the Tudor age with the compact geometry associated with Inigo Jones and the Jacobean period.
Three hundred years ago John Evelyn, the diarist, described the prospect from Charlton House as 'one of the most noble in the world, for city, river, ships, meadows, hills, woods and all other amenities.'
Gardens Opening Times:
Monday - Friday, 10am - 4pm
The House is temporarily closed to the public, with the exception of scheduled events and hires. Stay tuned to our social media for updates.
NHS Vaccination Centre
Charlton House & Gardens is very proud to host an NHS Vaccination Centre.
PLEASE NOTE that the vaccination centre in our Old Library is currently by pre-booked appointment only. The NHS is not currently taking walk-ins at this location, and we are not able to assist in this matter.
If you are looking for a vaccination walk-in clinic, please visit the NHS South East London website.
Once you become eligible for your booster vaccine, your GP will send you a secure link to book your appointment directly with the NHS. Please contact your GP’s surgery for further information.
Weddings at Charlton House & Gardens
Thinking about hiring Charlton House for your big day and want to find out more? You'll find more details on our Weddings page.
Venue Hire at Charlton House & Gardens
Want to hire Charlton House for a meeting, conference, or event? You can find out more on our venue hire page.
Most of the house is accessible by wheelchair but some areas may need assistance. Please ask us for help. Disabled parking is also available with designated bays in the house car park complimentary for Blue Badge holders.