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 2019

The house and gardens are open to the public from 4 March to 16 December, including weekends and bank holidays.We are open seven days a week. 11.00am – 4.30pm. Last entry 4.00pm.

The Old Kitchen Tearoom is open Monday-Friday 09.00am – 4.00pm, Weekends and Bank Holidays 11.00am-4.00pm (lunch is served until 3:00pm every day)

Planned Closures

Please note that the House and Gardens will be closed on Tuesday 19 & Wednesday 20 November. This is so that we can decorate and get ready for our Christmas at Chawton House displays. Details of special events can be found on our what’s on page.

Christmas at Chawton House

Make the most of time off with your family and enjoy a Regency-style Christmas at Chawton House on these special Winter opening dates:

  • Saturday 21& Sunday 22 Dec
  • Friday 27 Dec
  • Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 Dec
  • Monday 30 Dec


House & Gardens (Annual Ticket):
Under 16£5.00
Under 6Free
Family ticket (2 adults & up to 3 children)£25.00
Concessions (Seniors – over 65 & 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.

We look forward to welcoming you to Chawton House in 2019!

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.