Jane Austen's House Museum


  • Jane Austen's House Museum
  • Jane Austen's House Museum

Jane Austen's House Museum

Chawton, Alton

GU34 1SD

The house at Chawton is where Jane Austen spent the last eight years of her life.

From 1809 until 1817 Jane Austen lived in Chawton village near Alton with her mother, her sister Cassandra and their friend Martha Lloyd. Restored to the rural Hampshire she loved, Jane turned again to writing and it was in this house that she produced all her novels, revising all previous drafts, including Pride and Prejudice, and writing her three later novels, including Emma, in their entirety.

The house in which Jane lived so happily is now a museum to her life. The Museum tells the story of Jane and her family and has on display Austen family portraits and memorabilia, original manuscripts and first editions of her novels. Visitors can stand behind the modest occasional table at which Austen wrote, or spend time in the pretty garden the Austen women so enjoyed. The recreated historical kitchen and bakehouse are also open to visitors.

On display will be a selection of Jane’s personal items of jewellery and clothing including her turquoise ring which was recently purchased by the Museum following a successful fundraising campaign.

A well-stocked shop provides perfect gifts for every Austen fan. Refreshments are available in the village. 

  • Wheelchair accessible (ground floor, garden and toilets)
  • Touch tour available for visually impaired visitors, this must be arranged in advance with our Education Officer as all the staff are part time.
  • Additional assistance available - please call for information

Please note: In 2017 the museum will be closed from 2 January until the end of February, including weekends, whilst preparations are made in the House for the bicentenary commemorations of Jane Austen's life.  The Museum will reopen on 3 March 2017.

2017 opening times and prices will be published later in the year.



Nearest major road is A31/A32. Off roundabout that splits A31-A32 about 0.25 mile into Chawton Village.

Public Transport

  • From London

Trains from London (Waterloo), run hourly to Alton.
Bus connection (Route 64) from Alton Railway Station to Alton Butts then a 12 minute walk down Winchester Road into Chawton village. 

  • From Winchester

There is an hourly bus service from Winchester Bus Station - it is Route 64 - alight at Alton Butts and then walk (12 minutes) into Chawton.

If you get off at the Chawton roundabout please take GREAT care crossing the dual carriageway to the village.

The number 38 bus does run through the village but only every couple of hours.

Cycling (secure parking on request)

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