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.
Open daily (excluding Sundays) and 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. You can also enjoy coffee and cake in the tea room.
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.
Charlton House & Gardens opening times:
Monday - Saturday: 9am - 10pm
Sunday: 9.30am - 7pm
Charlton Tea Room
The perfect setting to catch up with friends over coffee or lunch, our wonderful wood panelled tea room is full of history. Located in the Minstrel Hall, the Tea Room offers light lunches, such as jacket potatos, sandwiches and savoury pastries, as well as fresh tray bakes, delicious cakes and hot and cold beverages. You can even enjoy drinks on the terrace on a warm day with stunning views over the grounds and Charlton Park.
Afternoon Tea can be booked for small or large groups of visitors within Charlton House. Cream tea and a selection of cakes and sandwhiches are available, all served with exquisite views of both the house and its grounds. Bookings must be made at least 24 hours in advance and between 11am - 3pm, Monday to Friday.
Monday - Thursday: 9am - 4pm
Friday: 9am - 3pm
Sat & Sun: closed (please see times for L'Arte Della Pizza below)Download Afternoon_Tea_Menu.pdf
L'Arte Della Pizza
L’Arte della Pizza is an authentic Italian pizza restaurant within the Minstrel Hall of Charlton House, offering not only artisan hand-stretched pizza, but also sharing platters, antipasti, artisan ice-cream (gelato), Italian desserts and canapes.
The product offering points to high quality ingredients and preparation, but keeping an affordable, very competitive price for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
L’Arte della Pizza is a partnership of two local Italian families with years of experience in the catering and restaurant business. Their aim is to offer something new for the weekend where residents of Charlton and Royal Greenwich can spend time relaxing in a child friendly environment, enjoying good food and drinks with family and friends.
Friday: 5pm - 10.30pm
Saturday: 10am - 10.30pm
Sunday: 10am - 7pm
Bank Holidays: 10am - 7pmDownload Menu_Aug2019.jpg
Tea & Tour Package at Charlton House & Gardens
Treat yourself to a scrumptuous cream tea followed by a history tour of our beautiful 400 year old Jacobean mansion.
Available for families and groups, please enquire for prices.
What's On January - March 2020
Check out the exciting events coming up at Charlton House between now and the end of March in our digital and quarterly 'What's On' guide by clicking here.
You can also pick up a copy by visiting the house.
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.
If you are interested in volunteering, hiring our spaces, making a donation, or you would like to speak to someone from the Trust, please click enquire to use our contact form and a member of the Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust team will come back to you as soon as they can.Enquire