Chawton House was owned by Jane Austen’s brother Edward, and known to her as ‘the Great House’.
Jane lived in a cottage on his estate and would stroll up to ‘dawdle away’ many an hour in the grand Elizabethan manor and its picturesque gardens.
Visitors can saunter through the grounds, see Austen heirlooms, such as the dining table at which Jane would have enjoyed family meals, and explore the extensive collection of early women’s writing. From novelists and travel writers to philosophers and activists, the library holds first and early editions, original manuscripts, and paintings and is accessible to anyone who wishes to use it.
The library, house and gardens are open to visitors 7 days a week – from March through to December – as well as groups and educational visitors when closed. There is a varied programme of events, from house and garden tours, study days and symposiums, to family days.
Whether you are inspired by women’s literature, keen to follow in Austen’s footsteps and explore the beautiful gardens or simply to enjoy lunch or a slice of cake in the Old Kitchen Tearoom, the friendly staff and volunteers will make you feel at home.
|Gardens Open See Information Below (1 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022)|
* Important Information: Chawton House gardens will re-open on Saturday 4th July. The House and Library are closed until further notice. Following the government guidelines, all entry to the garden must be by pre-booking online, unfortunately if you have not pre-booked they cannot allow entry. Tickets will be released every fortnight. on Chawton House's website: https://chawtonhouse.org/visit/your-visit-2/
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