Jane Austen's House Museum

Jane Austen's House Museum
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Jane Austen's House Museum, Chawton, Alton, Hampshire.

Jane Austen spent the last eight years of her life in this unpretentious cottage in the small pretty village of Chawton from 1809 until 1817. It was in this house that Jane’s genius flourished and where she was free to write.

It was here that Jane was able to revise her earlier manuscripts and begin writing new ones in earnest. A 17th century house, it tells the story of Jane Austen and her family, and provides a lasting legacy to the great British author.

The garden, now much smaller than in Jane's time, contains many varieties of plants and herbs common in the late 18th century and is still a peaceful spot.

Venue Type:

Museum, Historic house or home, Garden, parklands or rural site

Opening hours

December 2016
-Daily 10:30-16:30, excluding 24th, 25th, 26th December.

Open New Years Day 2017 from 13:30- 16:30.

2017- Jane Austen's House Museum will closed for the whole of January and February as we prepare for the bicentenary commemorations of Jane's death. We re-open 3rd March 2016.

3rd March-May
Daily 10:30-16:30

June, July & August
- daily 10.00-17.00

September - 1st January
- daily 10.30-16.30, except 24th, 25th & 26th December


Closed: Christmas Eve, Christmas Day & Boxing Day

Last entry is 30 minutes before the advertise closing time.

Please check our website for full details, up to date opening times and our event programme

http://www.jane-austens-house-museum.org.uk

Admission charges

2016:
Adults £8.00
Seniors over 65/ Students/Registered unemployed: £6.50
Children (6-16 years) £4.00
Pre-booked Groups (15 or more) £6.50
Under 6 Free

Groups must book in advance. Coaches must park in the coach bays provided. These are in the public car park to the rear of the Greyfriar car park opposite the museum.

2017 Prices: TBC

Discounts

  • Museums Association
  • National Art Pass
Getting there

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

By train: Trains run regularly from Waterloo to Alton and taxis can be found at the station.

Additional info

There are no refreshment facilities on site; however Cassandra's Cup and the Greyfriar pub are just acerss the road, and Chawton House Library is close by.

Visitors with disabilities: The ground floor, the garden and toilets are all accessible to wheelchairs.

The museum is a Grade 1 listed building as well as being the home of Jane Austen.

The museum houses an attractive collection of items connected with Jane and her family including the table that she used to write her novels. There is some of her jewellery, and examples of her needlework skill. In the drawing room is a fine Hepplewhite bureau-bookcase and chairs that oncebelonged to Jane's father. The collection ranges from 1st Editions, to jewellery, to letters and more.

In the Old Bakehouse you will be able to see Jane's donkey carriage that she used when she was ill and too weak to travel far on foot.

Collection details

Literature, Personalities

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
A photo of a red brick two storey cottage

Chawton Open Gardens

  • 10 — 11 June 2017

Take a walk in the footsteps of Jane Austen as her beloved village and home, Chawton in Hampshire, opens its gardens.

The grounds of both Jane Austen's House Museum and Chawton House Library will open, as well as many other charming gardens around the village. Visitors to this beautiful part of the county will also be able to take a walk from Chawton to Farringdon – a walk that Jane is certain to have taken on a regular basis.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

See website for full details.

Website

http://www.jane-austens-house-museum.org.uk/whats-on

Getting there

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

By train: Trains run regularly from Waterloo to Alton and taxis can be found at the station.

Jane Austen's House Museum
Jane Austen's House, Wincehster Road, Chawton
Alton
Hampshire
GU34 1SD
England

Website

www.jane-austens-house-museum.org.uk/

E-mail

enquiries@jahmusm.org.uk

Telephone

01420 83262

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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