The dark, dreary days of winter are now over and you can spot spring’s arrival wherever you look at Chawton House. Birds are singing in the trees, flowers are blooming across the estate, and sunshine is beginning to make a more regular appearance.  

To ensure that you have the best spring visit, we have put together some suggestions of what you can see and do during your time at Chawton House.  

Discover Beautiful Blooms  

Golden daffodils, colourful crocuses, and bright blue muscari are just some of the beautiful blooms that decorate the gardens this spring. Embrace sunnier days and enjoy a leisurely stroll through the grounds, spotting all the flowers. Don’t miss the incredible display of daffodils near the ha-ha and the muscari popping up across the Lower Library Terrace.  

Dogs on a short lead are allowed everywhere in the gardens too so you can bring them along to join you as you explore the gardens and the wider estate.  

Read about the history of the gardens > 

Explore The Jane Austen Trail  

Follow in Jane Austen’s footsteps and explore the gardens with our Jane Austen Trail. With twenty quotes to find, this unique trail is the perfect way to occupy a sunny spring day and will take you to some of the most iconic and beautiful spots in the garden, including Upper Library Terrace, the Rose Garden and Lime Avenue. 

Learn more about the Jane Austen Trail > 

Stop and Enjoy a Peaceful Moment 

Stop for a few moments and enjoy the beautiful views of the gardens and the wider estate with a seat on one of our new benches. With thirty benches to choose from, you will be able to find somewhere to sit and take a few peaceful moments. Why not bring along your favourite book, disconnect from your phone and enjoy the peaceful Hampshire countryside?

For those seeking a quieter visit, join us on a weekday while the kids are at school. 

Discover more about the ‘Share a Bench with Jane’ scheme > 

Spot The Local Wildlife  

Look out for all the different animals that call Chawton House home during your visit. Spot squirrels as they dart across the grass, listen to the birds in the trees, and see the sheep grazing in the fields. See if you can spot any of the signs of the badgers who live in the Wilderness and if you’re lucky, you may even see and hear the hawks who regularly visit Chawton House as part of the Hampshire Hawk Walks.  

Find out more about Hampshire Hawk Walks >