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 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 Old Kitchen Tearoom, our friendly staff and volunteers will give you a warm welcome.

For anyone wishing to conduct research, please click here.

Visitor opening times 2020


From 1st January through to 15 February we will be offering FREE ENTRY to the gardens. Why not come for a stroll in the fresh air and warm up with a cuppa in the Old Kitchen Tearoom?

The Old Kitchen Tearoom will be open every day from 1st January 2020 through to the end of the year. The opening hours will be: Monday-Friday 10.00am – 4.00pm, Weekends and Bank Holidays 11.00am-4.00pm (lunch is served until 3:00pm every day)

The House and Gardens will be open from 2 March to 30 December, including weekends and bank holidays, seven days a week: 11.00am – 4.30pm. Last entry 4.00pm.

Planned Closures

Please note that the House is currently closed for our annual Winter close period until Monday 2nd March 2020. This is so that we can carry out essential maintenance works and install new exhibits. We will be open for some special events during this period, see our What’s On pages and sign up to our newsletter using the box at the bottom of this page to be kept up-to-date.

The Wilderness will be closed to the public on Tuesday 21st January due to maintenance.

The Old Kitchen Tearoom will be closed for a wedding on Saturday 29th February, we apologise for any inconvenience caused.

House & Gardens (Annual Ticket):
Under 16£5.00
Under 6Free
Family ticket (2 adults & up to 3 children)£25.00
Concessions (under 26 & full time students)£8.00
Art Fund Members£5.00
Disabled (free entry for accompanying carer)£3.00
Gardens only (Day Ticket):
Child 6-16£3.00
Under 6 Free

Chawton HouseParking is available on the main road and in the dead end car park (operated by Chawton Parish Council) at the bottom of the drive, from here it is a short stroll up to the Great House.

There is accessible parking next to the house; please contact us if you require assistance.

Assistance dogs are allowed in the House and Garden.  All other dogs on short leads are welcome throughout the gardens and outside the tearoom, where water bowls are available for them.  We ask all dog owners to clean up after them and use the dog bins provided. 

How to get to Chawton House

Map and directions

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

Access information

Disabled accessUnfortunately, access for wheelchair users and visitors with impaired mobility is somewhat restricted and this is reflected in the ticket price. Visitors can access the ground floor Library Reading Room, the Great Hall, 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.