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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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Monday 26th March 2018 to Friday 7th December 2018

Exhibition: 'The art of freezing the blood'

Wednesday 31st October 2018

Tour: Late Night Gothic (Sold Out)

Saturday 3rd November 2018

Late Opening: Bonfire Night

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 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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10th October 2018

Reading with Austen

In the summer of 2015, Professor Peter Sabor from McGill University, Canada, came to Chawton House as a Visiting Fellow for a month. He spent

8th October 2018

Over $30,000 raised in America!

Thank you to our wonderful North American supporters... The North American Friends of Chawton House (NAFCH) held a reception at the 2018 Jane Austen Society of

28th September 2018

Could you be the new CEO of Chawton House?

After four years as Executive Director, Dr Gillian Dow has been awarded a 12-month Leverhulme Research Fellowship, which she will take up in early 2019.