Charleston Ranked As One Of The UK’s Top Experiences

Charleston Ranked As One Of The UK’s Top Experiences

On Tuesday 13th August, Charleston was named by Lonely Planet as one of the UK’s top experiences in a new ranked list of the 500 most memorable, beautiful, surprising and compelling experiences to be had across Great Britain, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands.

Charleston is a house, garden and art gallery situated in the South Downs National Park. From 1916 it was the home of artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant who were key members of the Bloomsbury Group. Regular visitors included Virginia Woolf, Lytton Strachey, John Maynard Keynes, Clive Bell, E.M. Forster and Roger Fry, among others.

The only complete preserved Bloomsbury interior in the world, Charleston’s individually designed and hand-painted rooms were inspired by Italian fresco painting and the Post Impressionists. Visitors can take a tour around the unique spaces and explore the stories and lives of the artists, writers and thinkers who made it their home. Alongside the house, Charleston runs a programme of exhibitions, workshops, talks and events throughout the year, as well as a portfolio of literary festivals.

The UK’s four constituent countries and countless small islands comprise a powerhouse of history, culture and intrigue. Now for the first time, Lonely Planet’s community of travel experts have chosen the best sights and experiences and ranked them in order of their brilliance.