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

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Free for members
  • Cafe / restaurant
  • Easily accessible without car
  • Free parking
  • Parkland / open spaces
  • Pet friendly
  • Picnic area
  • Shop
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible toilets
  • Guide dogs welcome
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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


The house and gardens are open daily to the public from March to December, including weekends and bank holidays.

Closed most weekends in December.

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

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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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:

Adult £10, Under 16 £5 , Under 6 Free, Family (2+3) £24, Concessions £8

Gardens only:

Adult £6, Under 16 £3

Group Visits

They offer group tours with lunch and refreshments.

Contact Corrine Saint, Front of House Manager:

01420 595914

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 Jane Austen themed visits for schools please contact: Annalie Talent, Education Assistant at Jane Austen’s House Museum on 01420 83262.

For school, college and university visits to Chawton House please contact or phone 01420 595914.

  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible toilets
  • Guide dogs welcome
Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

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