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Jane Austen's House Museum

Chawton
Alton
Hampshire
GU34 1SD

Jane Austen's House Museum is housed in a charming red-brick 17th century house, listed in the National Archives as a building of historic interest. It was Jane's last home, where she lived with her mother and sister Cassandra from 1809 until 1817. Here Jane revised her earlier manuscript novels Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice and Northanger Abbey, and then wrote Mansfield Park, Emma and Persuasion.

The rooms on show include the drawing-room and the parlour where Jane wrote on the small round table. Upstairs is her bedroom which she shared with her sister Cassandra. Visitors can see the patchwork quilt which she made with her mother and Cassandra.

There are four other rooms, one of which has memorabilia of her two brothers, Frank and Charles, who both had distinguished careers in the Royal Navy. There is an extensive collection of family mementoes and documentary material, including manuscript and copies of letters written by her.

A pretty garden surrounds the house, stocked with many old varieties of flowers and herbs. Jane's donkey carriage is displayed in the old bakehouse.

2009 was the 200th anniversary of Jane moving to Chawton and was celebrated with the building of a Learning Centre and the opening of the Austen's kitchen which has never before been open to the public. A new larger shop has also been created and a quiet reading room within the house.

General Information:

  • Car parking opposite museum

  • Refreshments available in village

  • Groundfloor, garden and toilet wheelchair accessible

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  • Directions

    Signed off the roundabout at the junction of the A31 (Winchester) with the A32 (Fareham) roads.

    Jane Austen's House Museum Postcode for SatNav: GU34 1SD

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