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Jane Austen's House Museum

East Hampshire

Type:Museum

Winchester Road, Chawton, Alton, Hampshire, GU34 1SD

Tel: +44 01420 83262

Jane Austen's House Museum

About

Jane Austen’s House Museum in Chawton, Hampshire, is the house where Jane Austen lived and wrote. It is the most treasured Austen site in the world. It was here that Jane’s genius flourished and where she wrote, revised and had published all her major works: Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion.

Jane lived at what is now Jane Austen’s House Museum for the last eight years of her life. She moved here in 1809 with her mother, sister Cassandra and friend Martha Lloyd. The house was owned by Jane’s brother Edward, who had been adopted by the wealthy Knight family and had since inherited the Chawton Estate. The house was offered to the women rent-free for life.

Today, Jane Austen’s House Museum is a Grade I listed building and one of the most important literary sites in the world, attracting tens of thousands of visitors each year. The Museum holds an important collection of objects associated with Jane Austen, including letters written by Jane and personal effects belonging to her and her family. Particular highlights include her jewellery, first editions of her books, textiles and the table at which she wrote her much loved novels.

Visitors to the Museum can freely explore Jane’s home and beautiful cottage garden whilst learning about her life through exhibitions and displays. Hands-on activities for all ages can be found alongside in-depth information panels and family objects, housed in the rooms that Jane would have known. Then, once visitors have had their fill of the enchanting atmosphere, the Museum shop with a large selection of souvenirs is well worth a browse. Schools and colleges are welcome too, with a dedicated Learning Officer ready to inspire and transport classes back to early 19th century Hampshire.

Accessibility
Jane Austen's House Museum is an historic property with low doorways and uneven surfaces underfoot. The ground floor and outbuildings at the Museum are fully accessible and we have an accessible WC with baby changing facilities. Unfortunately, the upstairs of the main house is currently only accessible by climbing an historic wooden staircase.

Assistance dogs are welcome throughout the Museum.
 
Disabled parking is available, please ask in the shop for assistance or telephone 01420 83262 on arrival.

Catering
Visitors are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy in the Museum garden. For food and drink in the village there are three options; Cassandra's Cup, The Greyfriar and The Old Kitchen Tearoom at Chawton House. Please check their websites for opening times and more information.

Establishment Features
Families are very welcome at Jane Austen’s House Museum. Trails for children are available throughout the year, and special seasonal activities are available at certain times. Children (and adults!) may enjoy dressing up in Regency clothes, writing with a quill pen, playing Regency garden games or making a lavender bag.

Free parking is provided in the public car park opposite the Museum beyond the pub car park. Please avoid parking on the street.

Tours and Demonstrations
Jane Austen's House Museum is the perfect destination for a Group Visit and we are delighted to cater for groups of varying sizes and interests. Please telephone us on 01420 83262 so that we can check availability for the date that you are proposing.

If you are planning a visit for your school, please call us to organise a visit directly tailored to your needs.

 

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
+65 years£8.00 per ticket
2 adults and up to 3 children£22.00 per ticket
Adult£9.00 per ticket
Art Fund Members£4.50 per ticket
Child aged 6 - 16£4.00 per ticket
Children under 6Free
Concessions/students£7.00 per ticket
Disabled (carer free entry)£4.00 per ticket
Job Seekers£4.00 per ticket

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

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Map & Directions

Road Directions

By car: From London/NE, take the A3/A31 via Guildford/Farnham. Chawton is clearly signposted from A31/A32 roundabout near Alton. From SW follow the A31 from Winchester towards Alton. Chawton is clearly signposted from A31/A32 roundabout near Alton.

Public Transport Directions

By train: Trains run regularly from London Waterloo to Alton, 2 miles from the Museum.

By bus: The number 64 Stagecoach service runs daily between Alton train station and Winchester – alight at ‘The Butts’ stop in Alton - while the number 38 service from Petersfield to Alton offers a less frequent alternative option stopping directly outside the Museum in Chawton.  

Awards

  • Regional and Miscellaneous -Tourism South East Member 2019 Tourism South East Member 2019 2019

Opening Times

2019 (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)

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