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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.

Today’s opening hours

The house and gardens are open to the public from 4 March to 16 December, including weekends and bank holidays.

They are open seven days a week. 11.00am – 4.30pm. Last entry 4.00pm


The house and gardens are open to the public from 4 March to 16 December, including weekends and bank holidays.

They are open seven days a week. 11.00am – 4.30pm. Last entry 4.00pm.

Find Us
Find us

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

  • Free
The main visitor car park is located in the village opposite the Jane Austen's House Museum. There are also some disabled bays in the staff car park at the back of Chawton House itself.


Wilson’s Taxis 01420 87777


House and Gardens free to visit for Historic Houses members.

Please note: Chawton House is not in the 2019 members handbook but is free to visit for members.

House & Gardens:

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

Gardens only:

Adult £6, Under 16 £3

  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible toilets
  • Guide dogs welcome
Group Visits
Group Visits

They offer group tours with lunch and refreshments. 

Contact Corrine Saint, Front of House Manager:

01420 595914


Things to See

Corporate Hire

Corporate events

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.


  • Wifi
  • Accessible toilets
  • Plentiful parking
  • Projector and screen
  • Lunch
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Refreshments

The Library is a fantastic place to hold a meeting. In the relaxed atmosphere we were extremely productive and important conversations were held.

Thomas Guinan, Associate Vice President for Administrative Operations, University of Notre Dame

School 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.