Jane Austen’s House

Jane Austen’s House Museum

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


Seniors (65+) 

Young people (17-26)

Disabled (carer free entry)

Job Seekers

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

Why should I visit?

    • The only house where Jane Austen lived and wrote that is open to the public.
    • Jane Austen’s own writing table on display – the table where she penned all her novels, including the timeless Pride & Prejudice.
    • Unrivalled collection of objects belonging to Jane Austen and her family including her writing table, jewellery, letters and first editions of her novels.
    • Exhibitions and displays telling the story of Jane Austen’s life. Beautifully illustrated family trail included in House admission.
    • Hands-on activities for all ages including Regency dress up, Regency letter writing, bonnet designing, miniature self-portraits and traditional garden games.
    • Gift Shop selling New Forest Ice Cream. Village playground and picnic area opposite the House.
    • Family tickets available, Under 6s go free Tickets last for one year!


Assistance dogs allowed
Baby changing facilities
Disabled access
Disabled parking available
Free parking on site
Gift shop
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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Next event

Festive Experience: ‘Christmas at Randalls’ at Jane Austen’s House

23rd Nov 2023 - 7th Jan 2024

Jane Austen’s House

This year Jane Austen’s House present a brand new immersive experience bringing the famous Christmas scenes from Emma to life. Moving... 

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Discount tickets and vouchers

There are currently no discounts available on tickets, parking or entry. Please sign up to get the latest vouchers as they become available. Or View all of our vouchers.

Where to find us


Jane Austen’s House, Chawton, GU34 1SD

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By car

From London/NE, take the A3/A31 via Guildford/Farnham. Chawton is clearly signposted from A31/A32 roundabout near Alton. From SW follow the A31 from Winchester towards Alton. Chawton is clearly signposted from A31/A32 roundabout near Alton. Free parking is provided in the public car park opposite the Museum beyond the pub car park. Please avoid parking on the street.

By train

Trains run regularly from London Waterloo to Alton, 2 miles from the Museum. Taxis are available at Alton station.

By bus

The number 64 Stagecoach service runs daily between Alton train station and Winchester, while the number 38 service from Petersfield to Alton offers a less frequent alternative option stopping directly outside the Museum in Chawton.

Kids activities

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  • Dress up in Regency dress.
  • Write with a quill pen.
  • Make a lavender bag.
  • Regency games.
  • Trails.

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