VISITOR INFORMATION: We reopen on 1st December. Click here to book your tickets! Please note, we are closed 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th, 24th – 26th December.

What are we doing to keep visitors safe?

We look forward to welcoming you all to Chawton House as usual, but we will continue to prioritise the safety of our visitors, volunteers and staff.

For a better and more relaxed visitor experience and guaranteed entry to the house, we are keeping our pre-booking system in place and encouraging social distancing as well as the use of hand sanitisers.

Face coverings must be worn indoors (unless you have a medical exemption), in order to reduce the risk of infection and to protect the most vulnerable, our volunteers and our staff. We rely on a team of dedicated volunteers as well as a very small team of staff to keep our doors open.

Please see below for more information on how we will continue to do our best to keep you all safe. Thank you so much for your support and we look forward to welcoming you all to Chawton House.

  • Pre-booked timed entry to the House, split into 15 minute slots. Pre-booking online closes at midnight but we also have walk-up tickets available on the day. For half term and bank holidays, we recommend that you book in advance to avoid disappointment
  • Visitors are encouraged to use the Track and Trace app or leave their details with staff members
  • We have introduced enhanced cleaning regimes in the House and Old Kitchen Tearoom
  • The Old Kitchen Tearooms menus are paper and for single-use per customer
  • There are hand sanitising stations at key points across the site
  • Ventilation throughout the House is improved through open doors and windows
  • Staff and volunteers are practicing social distancing
  • Staff are encouraged to make use of lateral flow covid tests

Please note, we are closed 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th and 24th-26th December.

To book your ticket to visit, please click here. 

All visitors must check in at our box office (located halfway up the drive) and show their booking/pass on arrival.

(c) Claire Lewis Photography

We will not be offering refunds on tickets but please let us know if you can no longer visit at your allotted time so that we can offer it to others. Annual ticket-holders will be able to re-schedule their slot without extra charge.

INFORMATION FOR PASS-HOLDERS

All pass holders will be required to book their house entry online. Follow the links and select your pass-type from the options. You must show your pass on arrival, or your booking will not be valid.

Annual Tickets

For new visitors, you can visit on a very reasonable annual ticket at £10 for adults, which will be valid for one year from the date of your first visit. There is no charge for children under 6. Please see concession list here.

Neighbour Passes

We continue to offer free entry to our neighbours living in Chawton and Farringdon, please contact us on info@chawtonhouse.org if you require a pass. You will need to pre-book your entry in advance online.

Historic Houses Members

Historic Houses members are welcome to visit for free as part of their membership. Book online in advance and select ‘Historic Houses’ as your ticket-type. IMPORTANT: you will need to email info@chawtonhouse.org with your membership number(s) ahead of your visit.

National Art Pass Holders

National Art Pass members are welcome to visit for half price as part of their membership. Book online in advance and select ‘Art Fund’ as your ticket-type. You will need to show your membership card to gain admission.

Gardeners’ World 2for1 Cardholders

Gardeners’ World Cardholders are welcome to visit on the 2for1 offer (valid on annual tickets only). Book online in advance and select ‘Gardeners’ World’ as your ticket-type. You will need to show your card to gain admission.

Hampshire Top Attractions voucher

We offer a “buy one get one half price” discount to anyone who brings a Hampshire Top Attractions voucher with them to Chawton House. You can get a voucher on the Hampshire Top Attractions website.

Chawton House

CAR PARKING 

Free parking is available on the main road when the dead end car park (operated by Chawton Parish Council) is closed. Please drive through the village to get as close as you can to the bottom of our driveway.

There is another car park in the village (opposite Jane Austen’s House). Both car parks are free of charge. 

There are some accessible parking spaces behind Chawton House, please contact us on 01420541010 or info@chawtonhouse.org to let us know if you require these at the time of your booking.   

ON ARRIVAL 

Park your car as normal, taking care around others. Tickets will be checked at an admissions desk located on the driveway.

If there is a queue to the admissions desk please keep 2 metres away from others. 

When it is your turn, you will be called forward by a member of staff. Please have your name and any relevant membership cards or passes ready. To minimise contact, our staff will not take these from you so please show them at a distance.  

Once you have been admitted, please follow the one-way route marked by arrows. Hand sanitiser is available. Please be mindful that we are a charity and supplies are limited so only take what you need.  

Thank you in advance for your cooperation in ensuring you, those around you and Chawton House stays safe. 

DOGS 

Dogs are welcome in all outside areas but must be kept on a short lead. There is a water bowl in the courtyard if they get thirsty, and dog treats are available from the Old Kitchen Tearoom. We ask all dog owners to clean up after them and use the dog bins provided. 

TOILETS

The outside toilets are accessible and will be open for visitors to use at their own risk.

The toilets will be cleaned at the start of each day and hand-washing facilities and sanitiser will be replenished. To allow for safe social distancing, we will only allow one visitor at a time into the ladies toilets – despite their being 3 cubicles. Please queue outside by the markers.

THE OLD KITCHEN TEAROOM  

The Old Kitchen Tearoom and Courtyard are now open and will be operating a table service with visitors able to order food and drinks on a first come first serve basis. Please note, indoor diners are restricted to groups of 6. We offer seating for larger groups in our Courtyard.

You will be able to purchase food and drink for takeaway at the Parkland Pantry, outside the Chawton House gates. See below for details.

Alternatively, why not order cakes from the tearoom to be delivered by post from our house to yours?

THE PARKLAND PANTRY TEA SHED

The Tea Shed is open Wednesday to Sunday from 10am to 2:30pm (except during extreme weather).

Serving a selection of hot and cold drinks, cakes and light lunches. Please maintain a safe social distance from others.

GIFT SHOP – OPEN WEEKENDS IN NOVEMBER

The gift shop is open and you can still shop online!

DIRECTIONS

Map and directions

For help or further information in planning your visit please contact: info@chawtonhouse.org or telephone: 01420 541010.