Jane Austen’s House in the picturesque Hampshire village of Chawton is one of the most important literary sites in the world. It was in this inspiring cottage that Jane Austen’s genius flourished and where she wrote, revised, and had published all six of her globally beloved novels. Step back in time to 1816 and follow in Jane’s footsteps; discover the rooms where she lived and wrote and see her writing table, jewellery, letters and first editions of her novels up close.
Explore the pretty cottage garden, try your hand at traditional garden games and enjoy Regency dress up, bonnet designing and more! Browse the unique rage of gifts and books in the beautiful Gift Shop and relax with an ice cream on the lawn.
Children can discover the secrets and stories of Jane Austen’s life and works via a beautifully illustrated trail and families can follow their visit with a trip to the village playground, set in stunning parkland just opposite the museum.
A range of events take place throughout the year including tours, walks, workshops and talks.
Your ticket is an annual pass and can be used at any time during the next 12 months. Annual ticket holders must present their ticket on arrival along with a form of ID.
For group bookings, both virtual and in person, please visit the Museum’s Groups page.
For school visits, both virtual and in person, please visit the Museum’s Schools page
For private events, please visit the Museum’s Special Experiences page.
Please see below for our opening times. Opening hours are 10am – 5pm with last admission at 4pm. There may be days when the museum need to amend these opening times.
Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 January: Open
From 11 January: open Thursday – Sunday
February: Open Thursday – Sunday.
Open 7 days throughout the February half-term, from 12 February.
March: From 6 March, open Wednesday to Sunday
April: Open 7 days throughout the Easter school holidays (1 – 14 April)
From 17 April, open Wednesday – Sunday
May: Open Wednesday – Sunday and Monday 6 May for the Bank Holiday
From Monday 27 May, open 7 days throughout half-term
Following on from May half-term, open 7 days a week (up to Sunday 29 September)
October: Open Wednesday-Sunday, up until Sunday 27 October
From Monday 28 October, open 7 days throughout half-term
November: Closed 4 – 8 November, open Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 November
From Thursday 14 November, open Thursday – Sunday
December: Open Thursday – Sunday up until Sunday 22 December
Open Monday 16 December for Jane Austen’s birthday
Closed 26 and 27 December
Open Saturday 28 December to Monday 30 December
Closed 31 December
Remember your ticket automatically becomes an annual pass which means you can enjoy unlimited visits for an entire year!
Jane Austen’s House is a historic property with low doorways and uneven surfaces underfoot. The ground floor and outbuildings are fully accessible and we have an accessible toilet with baby changing facilities. Unfortunately, the upstairs of the main house is currently only accessible by climbing a historic wooden staircase although the upstairs can now be viewed virtually via our 360° virtual tour.
Assistance dogs are welcome throughout the House.
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.
South Western Railway operate a regular service between London Waterloo and Alton, which is just 2 miles from the House. A taxi service can be found at the station in Alton for the onward journey.
The number 64 Stagecoach service runs daily between Alton train station and Winchester (Broadway), while the number 38 service from Petersfield to Alton offers a less frequent alternative option stopping directly outside the House in Chawton.
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