About Jane Austen’s House
Jane Austen’s House in the picturesque Hampshire village of Chawton provides the perfect day out for families. It was in this enchanting cottage that Jane Austen’s genius flourished and where she wrote, revised, and had published all six of her globally beloved novels, including the timeless Pride and Prejudice.
Today visitors can step back in time to 1816 and follow in Jane’s footsteps, exploring the home and garden that Jane knew and loved, uncovering the story of her life and times, and getting up-close to objects from the museum’s unparalleled Austen collection, including Jane’s personal letters, items of jewellery that she cherished, first editions of her novels and the tiny writing table at which she wrote.
Visitors to Jane Austen’s House can now enjoy a dedicated Family Fun area – get creative with Regency letter writing, miniature self-portraits, bonnet designing, dressing up and much more! In the House, children can discover the secrets and stories of Jane Austen’s life and works via a beautifully illustrated family trail. In the garden, kids can try their hand at traditional garden games, borrow a picnic blanket and a book from the children’s book basket, and of course sample a New Forest ice cream, on sale in the Gift Shop! Families can follow their visit with a trip to the village playground, set in beautiful parkland just opposite the museum.
Thursday 5th January to Sunday 5th March – Thursday to Sunday (closed Monday to Wednesday)
Wednesday 8th March to Sunday 18th June – Wednesday to Sunday (closed Monday and Tuesday – except bank holidays)
Monday 19th June to Sunday 3rd September – Monday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm
Wednesday 6th September to Sunday 29th October – Wednesday to Sunday (closed Monday and Tuesday)
30th October to 5th November – Closed all week
Thursday 9th November to Sunday 17th December – Thursday to Sunday (closed Monday to Wednesday)
18th to 27th December – Closed
Thursday 28th to Saturday 30th December – Open
Young people (17-26)
Disabled (carer free entry)
Children (6 – 16, under 6s free)
Families (2 adults and up to 3 children)
Families (1 adult and up to 3 children)
Art Fund Members