‘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. 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, 1813
Explore the beautiful landscaped gardens More about the gardens
‘You know how interesting the purchase of a sponge-cake is to me’ Jane Austen, 1815
Enjoy a slice of homemade cake or a light lunch in the Old Kitchen Tearoom without paying an admission fee. Menu
‘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
‘Why not seize the pleasure at once? -- How often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparation!’ Jane Austen, 1814
Enjoy a relaxed afternoon exploring the corridors of the Elizabethan manor house. Plan your visit
‘When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library’ Jane Austen, 1813
Breathe in the leather bound books in the library and hear tales from the fascinating collection of early women's writing More about the collection

What’s on

More events

Monday 17th February 2020 to Thursday 30th April 2020

Library Display: Conservation and Acquisitions

Monday 2nd March 2020 to Wednesday 30th December 2020

Exhibition: Man Up!

Monday 2nd March 2020 to Sunday 26th April 2020

Gallery Display: All About Emma

Jane Austen Garden Trail

New for 2020: Come and explore new galleries dedicated to key figures from the house’s unique collection of early women writers.

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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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22nd January 2020

Announcing the newest members of our team!

Chawton House has gained two new staff members with the appointment of our first ever Curator and Collections Manager, Emma Yandle and Julia Weaver as

12th December 2019

A very merry Christmas Fayre!

Last week we hosted our second ever Christmas Fayre, this time spread over Saturday and Sunday. With a visit from Father Christmas, biscuit decorating, craft

2nd December 2019

Beginnings & Endings: Amelia Opie in 1825 and 1852

December, 2019. Postdoctoral Fellow Kim Simpson writes the fourth in the Amelia Opie blog series Amelia Opie died on this day (2nd December), 1853. Today, in