‘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

What’s on

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Monday 4th March 2019 to Monday 16th December 2019

Display: Writing Women's Rights

Monday 4th March 2019 to Monday 16th December 2019

Exhibition: Jane Austen's Reading

Monday 8th April 2019 to Monday 22nd April 2019

Easter Holidays – Hampshire Time Travellers

Jane Austen Garden Trail

New for 2019, the Jane Austen Garden Trail is a unique walking route around the Chawton grounds.

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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.

The ‘Reading with Austen’ website.

This site digitally recreates of the Library of Godmersham Park, as Jane Austen would have seen it. Click here to explore the Library, and here to read the blog.

Latest news

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26th March 2019

Another lost sheep returns to the flock

Chawton House welcomes the arrival of a two-volumed work that has just been purchased by the 'Godmersham Lost Sheep Society' (GLOSS). Beautifully illustrated, this 1754

21st March 2019

Last minute Mother's Day gift!

Give your mum a prosecco cream tea gift voucher this Mother's Day! Want to show your mum how much you love her, but are stuck

13th March 2019

Official Opening of New Exhibition

At the beginning of March, a day after opening to the public, Chawton House welcomed the return of Professor Peter Sabor from McGill University, Canada.