‘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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Thursday 13th December 2018

Afternoon recital: 'Austen Sisters'

Saturday 19th January 2019

Evening Orchard Wassail

Tuesday 12th February 2019

Photography Workshop

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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4th December 2018

Christmas Fayre a huge success!

Nearly 1000 visitors came to our inaugural Christmas Fayre A wonderful day was had by all at our first ever Christmas Fayre! Despite the dreary

6th November 2018

A Gothic Night to Remember

On Halloween we hosted a sold out tour of our Gothic exhibition 'The Art of Freezing the Blood' Chawton staff were hard at work on

22nd October 2018

Gift inscriptions and signatures in books that once belonged to Jane Austen’s nieces.

Francesca Kavanagh, PhD Candidate and Teaching Associate, English and Theatre Studies, University of Melbourne. In August this year, with the generous support of the British