From 1809 until 1817 Jane Austen lived in Chawton village near Alton with her mother, sister 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 her greatest works, revising all previous drafts and writing Mansfield Park, Emma and Persuasion in their entirety.
The house in which Jane lived so happily is now a museum to her life. The Museum showcases Austen family portraits and memorabilia, original manuscripts and a bookcase containing first editions of her novels. Visitors can stand behind the modest occasional table at which Austen wrote, or spend time in the pretty garden that the Austen women so enjoyed. The recreated historical kitchen and bakehouse are also open to visitors.
2013 is the 200th anniversary of the publication of Jane’s best loved book Pride and Prejudice. The Museum will be celebrating all year with a range of events and activities.
The Museum is open all year (weekends only January – mid February). A well-stocked shop provides perfect gifts for every Austen fan. Refreshments are available in the village. Coach groups welcome.