Chawton House Library

Chawton House Library
GU34 1SJ




01420 541010


01420 595900

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Chawton House Library
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Chawton House Library is a charity with a unique collection of books focusing on women's writing in English from 1600 to 1830.

This specialist collection, set in the home and working estate of Jane Austen's brother, provides the opportunity to study and savour the texts in their original setting and inspires passion in readers of all ages. More >

The Library's mission is to promote study and research in early English women's writing;to protect and preserve Chawton House, an English manor house dating from the Elizabethan period; and to maintain a rural English working manor farm of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, for the benefit of everyone.

Venue Type:

Library, Historic house or home, Garden, parklands or rural site, Heritage site

Opening hours

House Tours Tues and Thurs at 14:30 (no Tues tours in Jan & Feb)
Garden Open Mon - Fri 10:00 - 16:00
Library Open Mon - Fri 10:00 - 17:00

Admission charges

House Tours
Adults: £6.00
Children: £3.00
Adults: £3
Children: £1.50
Library - free

Additional info

Our library is open to the public by appointment only

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Heritage Open Days 2014: Chawton House Library

  • 11 September 2014

Chawton House Library is a rare books library containing over 9,000 titles from the period 1600-1830. Focusing on early English women's writing, it contains manuscript and print material, and is open Monday-Friday 9.30-16.45 to all readers with an appointment. On Thursday the 11th of September, visit this Elizabethan manor house that once belonged to Jane Austen’s brother in the village of Chawton in Hampshire. Exhibitions will focus on Jane Austen's reading, and on Maria Graham (1785-1842), an important woman travel writer who published several volumes on her voyages to South America. In commemoration of the centenary of the First World war, there will be a small exhibition on World War 1 and its impact on estates similar to that of Chawton House. Refreshments and light lunches will be available to purchase in the Old Kitchen.


Please refer to the Heritage Open Days website for booking details and timings.