Jane Austen’s House

Jane Austen's House

About Jane Austen’s House

Jane Austen’s House in the picturesque Hampshire village of Chawton is one of the most important literary sites in the world. It was in this inspiring cottage that Jane Austen wrote, revised, and had published all six of her globally beloved novels: Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion.

Today, Jane Austen’s House is a cherished museum with an unparalleled collection of Austen treasures, including Jane’s personal letters and first editions of her novels, items of jewellery and the tiny writing table at which she wrote her much loved novels.

Visitors can step back in time to 1816 and follow in Jane’s footsteps as they explore the rooms where she lived and wrote, from the sunny Drawing Room where she practised the piano every morning, and where she read Pride and Prejudice aloud to a neighbour on the very day she received her first copy, to the vibrant green Dining Room where she wrote, and the cosy bedroom upstairs that we believe she shared with her beloved sister Cassandra.

Younger visitors can enjoy a dedicated Family Fun Area – get creative with Regency letter writing, dressing up, bonnet designing 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 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 House.

A series of temporary exhibitions within the House explore both Regency life and Jane Austen’s works and a range of special events take place throughout the year including tours, walks, workshops and talks.

February: Open Thursday – Sunday.

Open 7 days throughout the February half-term, from 12 February.

Please note: on Sunday 18 February, we will close at the earlier time of 4pm with last admission at 3pm.

March: From 6 March, open Wednesday to Sunday

April: Open 7 days throughout the Easter school holidays (1 – 14 April)

From 17 April, open Wednesday – Sunday

May: Open Wednesday – Sunday

From Monday 27 May, open 7 days throughout half-term

June/July/August/September:

Following on from May half-term, open 7 days a week (up to Sunday 29 September)

October: Open Wednesday-Sunday, up until Sunday 27 October

From Monday 28 October, open 7 days throughout half-term

November: Closed 4 – 8 November, open Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 November

From Thursday 14 November, open Thursday – Sunday

December: Open Thursday – Sunday up until Sunday 22 December

Open Monday 16 December for Jane Austen’s birthday

Closed 26 and 27 December

Open Saturday 28 December to Monday 30 December

Closed 31 December

All tickets automatically become annual passes – visitors can enjoy unlimited visits for a year!

Adults: £13.50

Seniors: £13.00

Young People (17 – 26): £10.00

Disabled People (carer free): £10.00

Children (6-16, under 6s free): £6.00

Families (2 adults and up to 3 children): £32.00

Families (1 adult and up to 3 children): £19.00

Art Fund Members: £6.90

Jane Austen Society Members: £6.90

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!

Facilities

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

Waking Up The House Tour: Jane Austen’s House

27th May 2024 - 27th May 2024

Jane Austen’s House

Join Jane Austen's House for an early-morning tour of the house Jane Austen knew and loved. In this exclusive tour, explore the house as they... 

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Where to find us

Address

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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