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Jane Austen’s House

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IMPORTANT NOTICE

With regret, Jane Austen’s House is currently closed in accordance with Government guidance to reduce the spread of Coronavirus. Please check our website regularly for the latest information.

Jane Austen’s House 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 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 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.

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  • Village car park opposite museum
  • Cafe and pub opposite museum
  • Children’s play area opposite museum
  • Baby-changing facilities
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Tickets are valid for one year from date of purchase, excluding special event days. On your return please present your ticket along with a form of identification.

Adults – £9
Seniors – £8
Young People (17-26) – £7
Disabled (carer free) – £4
Job Seekers – £4
Children (6-16, under 6s free) – £4
Families (2 adults and up to 3 children) – £22
Families (1 adult and up to 3 children) – £15
Art Fund Members – £4
Garden Ticket –  Free

Group Admissions** – £7-£8 per person

*Concessions – we may request evidence of eligibility for our concessionary rates.

**Groups – groups of between 10 and 50 people must be booked in advance. For more information on making a group booking, please visit our Group Visits page.

Gift Aid

Are you a UK taxpayer? Gift Aid your admission at no extra cost and the house will be able to claim back 25% of the full ticket value. That’s 25p in every £1!

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January: Closed

February – May: 10.30 – 4.30pm

June – August: 10am – 5pm

September – December*: 10.30am – 4.30pm

(Excludes 24, 25 and 26 December when the museum is closed)

​Please note – last admission is 30 minutes prior to our advertised closing time.

Please check the website for any changes to these opening times.

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  • Disabled access – ground floor only
  • Disabled toilet
  • Disabled parking available on request
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Road:

From London / NE: A3 / A31 via Guildford / Farnham. Chawton is clearly signposted from A31 / A32 roundabout near Alton.

From SW: follow the A31 from Winchester towards Alton. Follow the brown tourist signs to Jane Austen’s House.

Public transport:

Trains run regularly from London Waterloo to Alton Station, 2 miles from the museum.

No 64 bus from Winchester bus station to Chawton.

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