Chawton House

Historic house with Jane Austen connections, now home to the research library of The Centre for the Study of Early Women's Writing.

Chawton, Alton, Hampshire, GU34 1SJ

Chawton House
Free for members
  • Accessible loos
  • Accessible parking
  • Cafe / restaurant
  • Easily accessible without car
  • Free parking
  • Parkland / open spaces
  • Pet friendly
  • Picnic area
  • Shop
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Built by the Knight family in the 1580, the house has undergone centuries of change and development as it has passed through different hands.

This makes it rich with quirky and fascinating features: from graffiti on paintings and ‘witch marks’ on walls, to heraldic stained glass windows and ornately carved fireplaces.

The house’s most famous association is with Jane Austen, whose brother Edward, inherited the estate in the 1780s.

Edward offered the bailiff’s residence, five minutes’ walk away, to his mother and sisters and it was there, now the Jane Austen’s House Museum, where Jane enjoyed the most prolific period of her writing life.

As well as numerous portraits and items associated with the Knight family, the house also features portraits of women writers, many of them famous in their day.

Visitors can also enjoy a continuously changing display of works from the library’s unique collection of women’s writing.

Opening Times

Please note: The information on the Historic Houses website is advisory, but please always check the website of the house or garden you intend to visit before travelling.

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From 11 November 2023 – The House, Gardens and Tea Room open Friday – Sunday, 10am-3:30pm.

Teashed: Friday – Sunday, 10am – 3pm.

December 2023:

The House, Gardens and Tea Room open:

1-3 December – 10am-3:30pm

8-10 December – 10am-3:30pm

13-17 December 10am-3:30pm

18-23 December 11am-6:30pm

27 December – 1 January – 11am-6:30pm

The Glimmering Gardens will be open from the 18 December.

Please see house website for further details, up to date opening times, and planned closures.


Historic Houses Members

Historic Houses members are welcome to visit for free as part of their membership. Book online in advance and select ‘Historic Houses’ as your ticket-type. IMPORTANT: you will need to email with your membership number(s) ahead of your visit.

House & Gardens Day Ticket:

Adult £12, Under 16 £6 , Under 6 Free, Family (2 Adults & 2 under 16s) £27,  Family (2 Adults & 3 under 16s) £30

Gardens only Day Ticket:

Adult £6, Under 16 £3

Group Visits

Chawton House offers a number of options for group visits, including guided and self-guided tours of the House, Gardens and latest exhibitions.

Please contact Lucy Abraham, Events Producer on for further information.

Educational Visits

Chawton House is uniquely placed to offer educational visits to schools, colleges and universities because it provides a stimulating and accessible environment in which to engage with a variety of themes within a working, historic building.

We offer a formal programme of sessions and can also offer a bespoke service which gives teachers greater flexibility and opportunities to study specific areas in more detail.

To provide school visits on the theme of Jane Austen, we work in partnership with the Jane Austen House Museum which is also in Chawton. In 2007, 2012 and 2017, both sites were awarded the five-year Sandford Award for Heritage Education in recognition of our work.

These visits give pupils an unparalleled opportunity to visit, on the same day, two contrasting historic sites which relate to Austen and her family. The Chawton House estate can be used in a variety of ways to enhance curriculum-based work.


For school, college and university visits to Chawton House please contact Kim Simpson, Deputy Director, on

for the latest information.
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible toilets
  • Guide dogs welcome
Does our information need updating?
Let us know here

Getting here

Chawton, Alton, Hampshire, GU34 1SJ

Chawton House is located in Hampshire on the outskirts of the small village of Chawton, a 5 minute drive from Alton and about halfway between Guildford and Winchester on the A31.

By train: From London Waterloo, there are hourly trains to Alton.

By bus: The number 64 Stagecoach service runs daily between Alton train station and Winchester, stopping at the A31/32 junction roundabout near Chawton. The number 38 service from Petersfield to Alton offers a less frequent alternative option, stopping in Chawton.

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