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Chawton House Library

Hampshire

Type:Historic House / Palace

Chawton, Alton, Hampshire, GU34 1SJ

Tel: +44 (0)1420 541010

Chawton House Library

About

Chawton House Library, a registered charity conserves a unique collection of early women’s writing within the Elizabethan manor house once owned by Jane Austen’s brother Edward. Visitors can enjoy the ‘Great House’ referred to in Jane Austen’s letters, relax in the peace and tranquillity of the gardens, and find inspiration in the lives and works of its women writers. 

The 400-year-old house is a fascinating blend of architectural styles and features. Visitors can see the table at which Jane Austen dined with her family, and enjoy a stroll in the Walled Garden built by her brother Edward.  The Library itself is a treasure trove of fascinating works by women and many of these are on display throughout the house, along with portraits and paintings inspired by the writers.

Visitors can enjoy refreshments in the Old Kitchen Teashop and browse a range of gifts related to the Library, House and Gardens in the Gift Shop.

There is a rolling programme of exhibitions, which are included in the price of admission, along with a variety of events from evening talks and conferences to children’s workshops and garden tours.


 

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Gardens Only£4.00 per ticket
Gardens Only (6-16)£2.00 per ticket
House & Gardens£8.00 per ticket
House & Gardens (6-16)£4.00 per ticket
Under 6Free

There are also family tickets and concession rates. Please see http://www.chawtonhouselibrary.org for further details.

Facilities

Provider Preferences

  • In countryside

Accessibility

  • Guide Dogs Permitted - Assistance dogs

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking

Catering

  • On-Site cafe/restaurant
  • Picnic Site

Payment Methods

  • Approx length of visit - min 2 hours max 8 hours
  • Groups Accepted
  • Maestro Accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Max group size - 50
  • Min group size - 10
  • Visa accepted

Establishment Features

  • Staff fluent in foreign languages ** (List of languages are separately given)

Specialist Features

  • Family Fun
  • Marketed Towards Families
  • Marketed Towards Senior Citizens
  • Marketed towards student/youth

Languages spoken

  • French spoken
  • Spanish spoken

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Map & Directions

Road Directions

From M25 Junction 10, A3 Guildford bypass, A31 Farnham & Alton bypassTurn off left at A31/32 junction roundabout to Chawton and follow the brown tourist signs.From M25 Junction 12, M3 to Junction 5, B3349 to Odiham and Alton, follow signs for Chawton.

Public Transport Directions

The 64 and X64 Stagecoach buses run between Winchester and Guildford, stopping at the A31/32 junction roundabout near Chawton.The 72 Stagecoach bus runs between Alton and Petersfield, stopping in Chawton.From London Waterloo, there are hourly trains to Alton.There is a taxi rank outside the station. Alternatively call Wilson’s Taxis on 01420 87777, 85858 or 82226.

Awards

  • Regional and Miscellaneous -Tourism South East Member Tourism South East Member 2017

Opening Times

2018 (1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)
DayTimes
2018 (20 Mar 2018 - 27 Oct 2018)
DayTimes
Monday - Friday12:00 - 16:30
SaturdayClosed
Sunday11:00 - 17:00
Bank Holiday11:00 - 17:00

* The Library, House & Gardens are open to the public from 20 March to 27 October in 2017, including Sundays and bank holidays:

Monday to Friday 12pm to 4.30pm (last entry at 4pm)
Sundays & bank holidays 11am to 5pm (last entry 4.30pm)

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