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Your visit 2017-09-19T15:05:08+00:00

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

Visit Chawton House LibraryIf you are looking for things to do in Hampshire, a visit to Chawton House Library makes a great day out.

Whether you are inspired by women’s literature, keen to follow in the footsteps of Jane Austen in Hampshire, looking to explore the gardens, or simply to enjoy lunch in the tearoom, our friendly staff and volunteers will give you a warm welcome.

2017 Admission includes free entry to these exhibitions:

Naming, Shaming, Reclaiming: The ‘incomparable’ Eliza Haywood
20 March to 4 June

Fickle Fortunes: Jane Austen and Germaine de Staël
12 June to 24 September

Pens, Paintbrushes and Pioneers: Portrait of a Woman Writer
25 September to 27 October


Visitor opening times 2017

Walk in Jane Austen's FootstepsThe Library, House & Gardens are open to the public from 20 March to 27 October, including Sundays and bank holidays.

Please note that the Library, House & Gardens, including shop and tearoom, will be closed on 13th and 14th July due to a conference. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Monday – Friday 12.00pm to 4.30pm. Last entry is at 4pm.
Sundays & bank holidays 11.00am – 5.00pm. Last entry 4.30pm.
Closed on Saturdays.

House & Gardens:
Under 16£4.00
Under 6Free
Family ticket (2 adults & up to 3 children)£20.00
Concessions (Seniors – over 65 & full time Students)£6.50
Art Fund Members£4.00
Disabled (free entry for accompanying carer)£3.00


Gardens only:
Under 16£2.00

Chawton HouseParking is available on the main road at the bottom of the drive. There is accessible parking next to the house; please contact us if you require assistance.

Light refreshments are available from the tearoom in the Old Kitchen.

Assistance dogs only in the Library and gardens.

How to get to Chawton House Library

Map and directions

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

We look forward to welcoming you to Chawton House Library in 2016!

Access information

Disabled accessVisitors with impaired mobility and wheelchair users can access the ground floor Library Reading Room (where the bulk of the collection is housed), the Great Hall, Dining Room, Old Kitchen, and Library Terrace Gardens. Wheelchair users will need assistance if visiting alone, so please let us know and we will make arrangements to support you during your visit.