Built by the Knight family in the 1580, the house has undergone centuries of change and development as it has passed through different hands, making 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.
Our visitor season in 2018 runs from 5th March to 7th December.
Monday – Friday: 12.30pm to 4.30pm. Last entry is at 4pm.
Weekends & bank holidays: 11.00am – 4.30pm. Last entry 4.00pm
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.
Car park on site
Wilson’s Taxis 01420 87777
House & Gardens:
Adult £8, Under 16 £4 , Under 6 Free, Family (2+3) £20, Concessions £7
Adult £5, Under 16 £3
- Accessible parking
- Accessible toilets
- Guide dogs welcome
Join us for this magical night of merrymaking following the ancient tradition of the Orchard Wassail! Held on Old Twelfth Night, there was the practice in cider-producing regions of England of visiting orchards to recite incantations and sing to the trees to promote a good harvest for the coming year. There will be a torch-lit procession to the orchard in the Walled Garden, where there will be singing and toasting around the Bramley tree. We encourage you to bring your own instrument and torch for the procession!
Price: £15 (adults), £10 (Children 6-16) (Includes soup and a roll will be served in the Great Hall afterwards.)
Special guests performing on the night are the Shanty Men! You can find out more about them here: http://www.kingspondshantymen.org.uk/
Chawton House provides a unique venue for your corporate or academic event. The idyllic rural setting makes this quintessentially English property an ideal location for meetings and away days.
Just one hour from London, the oak-panelled rooms set in uninterrupted parkland make this a perfect retreat.
We offer a range of meeting rooms and can provide for all your catering needs from tea and coffee to buffet lunches.
The Library is a fantastic place to hold a meeting. In the relaxed atmosphere we were extremely productive and important conversations were held.
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.