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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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Sunday 24th February 2019

National Garden Scheme Snowdrop Day

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

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.

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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14th February 2019

Chawton House wins tourism accolade

Press Release VisitEngland declares Chawton House a ‘Hidden Gem’ VisitEngland announced that Chawton House has won a ‘Hidden Gem’ award, part of their 2018 Attractions

8th February 2019

The Knight Family Bookplates

When young Edward Austen was adopted by Thomas Knight II and his wife Catherine, he inherited more than just the three estates of Godmersham Park,

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