Discover the ‘Great House’ referred to in Jane Austen’s letters, relax in the peace and tranquillity of the gardens, and find inspiration in the lives and works of our women writers.

If you are looking for things to do in Hampshire, Chawton House is an ideal place to visit. A typical group visit takes around 2 hours, although you may wish to spend longer onsite taking in the exhibition, exploring the gardens and parkland, or enjoying a picnic on the South lawn.

In addition to running regular bookable tours for individuals and small groups (see our What’s On pages), we are open for group tours (6+), by appointment.

Whether your group’s interests lie in Jane Austen and women’s writing or historic houses and gardens, our choice of a House History Tour, Curator’s Tour, or Garden Tour will ensure your group enjoys a great day out.

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

To find out more about our tours, catering options and prices, please download our Group Visits Guide.

We also offer a series of specialist talks offsite and online, on topics including Jane Austen, Gothic literature by women, and Curator’s talks on our exhibitions. To find out more, please email

Ropley Horticultural Society visit, 2018


  • 7 days a week during low season (January to Easter)
  • Tuesdays and Wednesdays only during high season (Easter – Halloween)
  • Monday-Friday during Christmas season (November, December)

Curator’s Tours are not available at the weekend.

Make an Enquiry

If you would like to book a visit, please email in the first instance.

For information about parking and health and safety, click here.

We look forward to welcoming your group to Chawton House!