‘I went up to the Great House between 3 & 4, & dawdled away an hour very comfortably.’ Jane Austen, 1814
Walk in Jane Austen’s footsteps as you visit the ‘Great House’ owned by her brother Edward where she spent much of her time. Find out more
‘We four sweet Brothers & Sisters dine today at the Great House. Is not that quite natural?’ Jane Austen, 1815
See the table where Jane Austen dined with her family, and view her brother’s suit, travel journal and portrait. Plan your visit
‘Edward is very well and enjoys himself as well as any Hampshire born Austen can desire. – He talks of making a new Garden…’ Jane Austen, 1815
Our gardens include eighteenth-century features such as the Walled Kitchen Garden built by Edward Austen. Plan your visit
From children’s workshops and estate rambles, to exhibitions and evening talks, there is something for everyone in our events programme. Find out more
Enjoy tea and cake in our Old Kitchen tearoom and soak up the atmosphere of what was once the hub of the servants’ wing. Plan your visit
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Monday 26th March 2018 to Friday 7th December 2018

Exhibition: 'The art of freezing the blood'

Thursday 13th December 2018

Afternoon recital: 'Austen Sisters'

Jane Austen's Great House
We are launching Reimagining Jane Austen’s ‘Great House’, an appeal to secure the future of this important historic and literary landmark.
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Help us to keep the house, grounds and library going today. Donate now
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North American Friends can donate here.

Storystock at Chawton

Postponed until next year – please watch this space for further details.

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9th August 2018

Heraldic objects found during the restoration of the house 1990-2010

In the basement, there are a number of boxes containing objects found during the restoration of the house. Records of their exact date and where

7th August 2018

Hannah Moss - Research on Female Artists in Women's Writing

Back in June 2016 I was lucky enough to spend a month working at Chawton House as a library intern. During the cataloguing and conservation

6th August 2018

Ben Clingman - Chawton House internship

As I walked up the long approach to Chawton House, I was immediately struck by its imposing beauty. Beyond its grand stone building, elaborately decorated