Jane Austen's House Museum

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Jane Austen's House, Winchester Road, Chawton
GU34 1SD

Jane Austen's House Museum, Chawton, Alton, Hampshire. Jane Austen spent the last eight years of her life in this unpretentious cottage in the small pretty village of Chawton from 1809 until 1817. It was in this house that Jane’s genius flourished and where she was free to write. It was here that Jane was able to revise her earlier manuscripts and begin writing new ones in earnest. A 17th century house, it tells the story of Jane Austen and her family, and provides a lasting legacy to the great British author. The garden, now much smaller than in Jane's time, contains many varieties of plants and herbs common in the late 18th century and is still a peaceful spot.

Further information

Opening Hours:

2017- Jane Austen's House Museum will closed for the whole of January and February as we prepare for the bicentenary commemorations of Jane's death. We re-open 3rd March 2016. 3rd March-May Daily 10:30-16:30 June, July & August - daily 10.00-17.00 September - 1st January - daily 10.30-16.30, except 24th, 25th & 26th December Closed: Christmas Eve, Christmas Day & Boxing Day Last entry is 30 minutes before the advertise closing time. Please check our website for full details, up to date opening times and our event programme http://www.jane-austens-house-museum.org.uk


2016: Adults £8.00 Seniors over 65/ Students/Registered unemployed: £6.50 Children (6-16 years) £4.00 Pre-booked Groups (15 or more) £6.50 Under 6 Free Groups must book in advance. Coaches must park in the coach bays provided. These are in the public car park to the rear of the Greyfriar car park opposite the museum. 2017 Prices: TBC


  • Museums Association
  • National Art Pass

Travel directions:

By car: From London/NE, take the A3/A31 via Guildford/Farnham. Chawton is clearly signposted from A31/A32 roundabout near Alton. From the SW follow the A31 from Winchester to Alton. Jane Austen's House is clearly signposted as is Chawton. Jane Austen’s House Museum is in the centre of the village. By train: Trains run regularly from Waterloo to Alton and taxis can be found at the station.

Upcoming events:

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Facilities and services


  • Education facilities available
  • Gardens open to public
  • Library
  • Mail order service available
  • Parking for coaches
  • Picnic area
  • Shop
  • Toilets
  • Toilets for disabled
  • Wheelchair access to some public areas

Facilities information:

There are no refreshment facilities on site; however Cassandra's Cup and the Greyfriar pub are just acerss the road, and Chawton House Library is close by. Visitors with disabilities: The ground floor, the garden and toilets are all accessible to wheelchairs.


  • Academic publications and resources available
  • Activities for pre-school children
  • Adult lectures and courses held
  • Brochure or leaflet available with directions to museum
  • Events and resources for children and families
  • Member of staff available with responsibility for education
  • Pre-booking service for groups
  • Secondary school education service available
  • Touch exhibits
  • Volunteering scheme offered

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