Education & outreach

Chawton House is committed to providing a stimulating and open environment for students at all stages of their educational journey. From getting to grips with Frankenstein to planning a heritage display, from understanding the garden’s features to learning about Chawton House’s only female squire, there is something for everyone. Whilst our unique library of women’s writing and our connections to Jane Austen make us a natural home for literature students, our educational packages also aim to inspire a new generation of young people with interests in history; business; the creative, leisure, and heritage industries; and gardens and the environment.

Student groups will be looked after by our dedicated team of experienced house and garden guides, or by members of the curatorial team. Tours, workshops, or talks from us give students an exclusive experience of the atmospheric setting and tangible history that heritage offers.

Groups of 6 or more can build a visit from the following options:


Choose from a House History, Curator’s or Garden Tour.


Choose from a mixture of academic and practical sessions on early feminist history, Gothic literature, Jane Austen, or curation and heritage skills.


Choose from a selection of topics focused on our site and collection, and sharing the most recent research.

Refreshments are also available, from tea, coffee and cake to lunch boxes.

To find out more about our educational packages, catering options and prices, please download our Education Visits Guide.

Jane Austen’s House

Educators may like to combine a visit to Chawton House with a visit to Jane Austen’s House on the same day. To book with Jane Austen’s House, contact:

AvailabilityElizabeth Hartley ShadyJane

  • Monday-Friday during low season and Christmas season (January to Easter; November, December)
  • Mondays and Tuesdays only during high season (Easter – Halloween)

Make an Enquiry

If you would like to book a group tour, please email

In addition to our regular programme for educational visits, keep an eye on our What’s On pages for details of study days and student-facing workshops.

We look forward to welcoming your group to Chawton House!