Jane Austen’s House Museum

Chawton, Alton, Hampshire, GU34 1SD
01420 83262

Jane Austen’s House Museum is an independent museum in the village of Chawton.

Jane Austen is one of the most popular and important novelists that England has ever produced. The cottage in the centre of Chawton is where she spent the last eight years of her life. It is of international importance as the place where she did the majority of her mature writing, but at the same time retains the charm of a village home.

Location, Contact & Booking

Jane Austen’s House Museum was the home of Jane Austen from 1809 until 1817.  Jane Austen lived in Chawton village near Alton with her mother, her sister Cassandra and their friend Martha Lloyd. Restored to the rural Hampshire she loved, Jane turned again to writing and it was in this house that she produced all her novels, revising previous drafts, including Pride and Prejudice, and writing her three later novels in their entirety.

The house in which Jane lived so happily is now a museum to her life. On display are Austen family portraits and memorabilia, original manuscripts and first editions of her novels. Visitors can stand behind the modest occasional table at which Austen wrote, or spend time in the pretty garden the Austen women so enjoyed. The historical kitchen, which was re-created in 2009, is also open to visitors and has a collection of Regency Costumes for visitors to dress in for their visit. The Bakehouse contains Mrs Austen’s donkey cart which Jane used in the last days of her life.

The Museum’s collection includes manuscript letters written by Jane, her music books with pieces transcribed in her own hand and other Austen family items and furniture. The museum owns the only three pieces of jewellery known to have been owned by Jane, a turquoise beaded bracelet, a topaz cross, and the recently acquired turquoise and gold ring. The Museum is currently celebrating the 200th anniversary of Emma with changing exhibitions and displays including the costumes from the 2009 BBC adaptation of the novel starring Romola Garai and Jonny Lee Miller.

The Museum hosts a varied range of events and activities.

The Museum is open all year, though only at weekends for the first six weeks of the year. Jane’s birthday is celebrated each year on 16 December with Free entry.

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VISIT WEBSITE

Visitor Information

Location, Contact and Booking
Chawton
Alton
Hampshire
GU34 1SD
 
Email enquiries@jahmusm.org.uk

Transport Information

By car: From London/NE, take the A3/A31 via Guildford/Farnham. Chawton is clearly signposted from A31/A32 roundabout nr Alton. From the SW follow the A31 from Winchester to Alton. Jane Austen’s House is in the centre of the village.

By train: Trains run regularly from Waterloo to Alton. Taxis can be found at the station or the 38 bus runs via Chawton (but is an infrequent service).

 

Booking Information

For full details on booking information, visit our website. We welcome groups for either Educational or general visits.

Other perfect occasions to visit: a Reading Group outing, a picnic in our mature garden, showing friends and relations your favourite corner of Hampshire, or simply to enjoy a visit on your own.

Do ring and discuss your requirements 01420 83262