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‘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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Tuesday 12th February 2019

Photography Workshop

Sunday 17th February 2019

Chawton House Snowdrop Sunday

Sunday 24th February 2019

National Garden Scheme Snowdrop Day

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
Austen and de Stael
North American Friends can donate here.

The ‘Reading with Austen’ website is now launched!

This is the digital recreation of the Library of Godmersham Park, as Jane Austen would have seen it. Click here to explore the Library!

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21st January 2019

Chawton House finds its new CEO

Katie Childs, former Head of Partnerships and Stakeholder Relations at the Imperial War Museum, begins her new role in February. Chawton House is delighted to

18th December 2018

2018 Highlights!

This has been a busy year for us, with staff and volunteers battling the snowy elements in March and welcoming visitors in the sweltering heat

17th December 2018

PhD Research at Chawton House

Alison Daniell is studying for a PhD at the University of Southampton, researching attitudes to married women’s property ownership in female-authored fiction of the long eighteenth