Chawton House

Step back in time as you visit Jane Austen’s ‘Great House’, owned by her brother Edward. This romantic 400-year-old manor house is a short walk from the cottage where Jane Austen lived (now Jane Austen’s House Museum) in Chawton.

Jane Austen wrote in her letters that she ‘dawdled away’ many happy hours in the ‘Great House’ which was as familiar to her as her own home. Visitors can see the table where she dined with her family, along with Austen family portraits and heirlooms, and learn about other early women writers including those whose work inspired her. Explore the picturesque estate, including the walled garden mentioned in Jane Austen’s letters and the regency-style shrubbery. Lunch in the Old Kitchen café where servants prepared the family’s meals and explore the ‘wilderness’ on a special activity trail. Under 6s go free.

Wheelchair access is limited – please call ahead for full details and assistance.

Chawton House boasts a varied programme of events – see the website for more details.

Open 4th March to 16th December, including weekends and bank holidays.

Open seven days a week. 11.00am – 4.30pm.

Last entry 4.00pm.

Admission price 

House & Gardens
Adult: £10
Child (6-16): £5 (Under 6s Free)
Family ticket (2 adults & up to 3 children): £25

Gardens only
Adult: £6
Child (6-16): £3 (Under 6s Free)

Why should I visit?

    • Marvel at the many fascinating features in this 400 year-old house, from witch-marks on walls to Austen-family graffiti on paintings!
    • Run wild in the extensive gardens, including the walled garden built by Jane Austen’s brother, the shrubbery and the ‘wilderness’.
    • Explore the Elizabeth Blackwell Herb Garden featuring herbs used by 18th-century physicians, inspired by a beautifully-illustrated book.
    • Enjoy lunch or tea and cake in the Old Kitchen tearoom, where servants prepared the Austen family’s meals.
    • Enjoy free exhibitions and activity trails.


Assistance dogs allowed
Baby changing facilities
Disabled access
Disabled parking available
Free parking on site
Gift shop
On site parking
Suitable for ages 12 and above
Suitable for ages 3 and above
Suitable for ages 5 and above
Suitable for ages 8 and above
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Display: Writing Women’s Rights

04/03/2019 - 16/12/2019

Chawton House

This display showcases just some of the women writers, as Wollstonecraft put it, ‘not born to tread in the beaten track’, who brought... 

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By car

From M25 Junction 10, A3 Guildford bypass, A31 Farnham & Alton bypass.
Turn off left at A31/32 junction roundabout to Chawton and follow the brown tourist signs.
From M25 Junction 12, M3 to Junction 5, B3349 to Odiham and Alton, follow signs for Chawton.

By train

From London Waterloo, there are hourly trains to Alton. For further details on train times please visit the National Rail Enquiries website.
There is a taxi rank outside the station. Alternatively call Wilson’s Taxis on 01420 87777, 85858 or 82226.

By bus

The number 64 Stagecoach service runs daily between Alton train station and Winchester, stopping at the A31/32 junction roundabout near Chawton.
The number 38 service from Petersfield to Alton offers a less frequent alternative option, stopping in Chawton.
For further details on bus times, please visit the Stagecoach website.

Kids activities

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  • Discover the house using a special free activity trail.
  • Run wild in the gardens – visitors are welcome to picnic in the grounds.
  • Explore the ‘wilderness’ with a free outdoor activity trail.