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’s genius flourished and where she wrote, revised, and had published all six of her globally beloved novels. Step back in time to 1816 and follow in Jane’s footsteps; discover the rooms where she lived and wrote and see her writing table, jewellery, letters and first editions of her novels up close.
Explore the pretty cottage garden, try your hand at traditional garden games and enjoy Regency dress up, bonnet designing and more!
Browse the unique rage of gifts and books in the beautiful Gift Shop and relax with an ice cream on the lawn.
Children can discover the secrets and stories of Jane Austen’s life and works via a beautifully illustrated trail and families can follow their visit with a trip to the village playground, set in stunning parkland just opposite the museum.
A range of events take place throughout the year including tours, walks, workshops and talks.
|Winter opening (4 Nov 2023 - 17 Dec 2023)|
|Thursday - Sunday||10:00||- 17:00|
|Christmas opening (28 Dec 2023 - 30 Dec 2023)|
|Thursday - Saturday||10:00||- 17:00|
* Opening times are 10am – 5pm with last admission at 4pm. Please check opening times before travelling.
The house will be open in addition to the timings above across Hampshire school holidays and most spring and summer bank holidays. Please check the attraction's website for details.
Map & Directions
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Jane Austen's House is located in the rural village of Chawton near the town of Alton in Hampshire. The historic city of Winchester is just over 15 miles to the south west of the village, and the market town of Farnham is 10 miles to the west.
Jane Austen's House and the village of Chawton are just off the A31 at the A31/A32 roundabout near the town of Alton. Free parking is provided in the public car park opposite the Museum beyond the pub car park.
Public Transport Directions
By Train:South Western Railway operate a regular service between London Waterloo and Alton, which is just 2 miles from the House. A taxi service can be found at the station in Alton for the onward journey.
By Bus: The number 64 Stagecoach service runs daily between Alton train station and Winchester (Broadway), while the number 38 service from Petersfield to Alton offers a less frequent alternative option stopping directly outside the House in Chawton. Please always check the Stagecoach website before travelling.