Jane Austen’s House Museum in Chawton, Hampshire, is the house where Jane Austen lived and wrote. It is the most treasured Austen site in the world. It was here that Jane’s genius flourished and where she wrote, revised and had published all her major works: Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion.
Jane lived at what is now Jane Austen’s House Museum for the last eight years of her life. She moved here in 1809 with her mother, sister Cassandra and friend Martha Lloyd. The house was owned by Jane’s brother Edward, who had been adopted by the wealthy Knight family and had since inherited the Chawton Estate. The house was offered to the women rent-free for life.
Today, Jane Austen’s House Museum is a Grade I listed building and one of the most important literary sites in the world, attracting tens of thousands of visitors each year. The Museum holds an important collection of objects associated with Jane Austen, including letters written by Jane and personal effects belonging to her and her family. Particular highlights include her jewellery, first editions of her books, textiles and the table at which she wrote her much loved novels.
Visitors to the Museum can freely explore Jane’s home and beautiful cottage garden whilst learning about her life through exhibitions and displays. Hands-on activities for all ages can be found alongside in-depth information panels and family objects, housed in the rooms that Jane would have known. Then, once visitors have had their fill of the enchanting atmosphere, the Museum shop with a large selection of souvenirs is well worth a browse. Schools and colleges are welcome too, with a dedicated Learning Officer ready to inspire and transport classes back to early 19th century Hampshire.
|Open June - August 2018 (1 June 2018 - 31 Aug 2018)|
|Monday - Sunday||10:00||- 17:00|
|Open September - December 2018 (1 Sept 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)|
|Monday - Sunday||10:30||- 16:30|
* Closed 24th - 26th December and throughout January 2018. Reopening on Thursday 1st February 2018.
Please check website for opening times.
Last entry time half an hour before closing.
Map & Directions
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Road DirectionsNearest major road is A31/A32. Off roundabout that splits A31-A32 about 0.25 mile into Chawton Village.
Public Transport Directions
It is now easier than ever to visit Jane Austen’s House Museum by public transport with an easy to follow walking guide from a nearby bus stop. 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 in Chawton Village. Please always check online before travelling stagecoachbus.com.