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Your visit 2016-12-21T15:52:28+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.

visitors explore Chawton House groundsIf 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, or simply looking to explore the gardens before relaxing with a cup of tea and a slice of cake, our friendly staff and volunteers will give you a warm welcome.

Admission includes free entry to the Naming, Shaming, Reclaiming: The ‘incomparable’ Eliza Haywood exhibition from 20 March to 4 June and the Fickle Fortunes: Jane Austen and Germaine de Staël exhibition from 12 June to 24 September.

Visitor opening times 2017

The Library, House & Gardens are open to the public from 20 March to 27 October, including Sundays and bank holidays.

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

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£6.50
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 disabled 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 Sarah Parry, our Learning and Visitor Manager: or telephone: 01420 595908

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.

Art fund logoPlease note:
Current members of the Art Fund are entitled to a discount on entry – please see your Art Fund handbook for details.