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Chawton House Library


The village of Chawton is closely associated with Jane Austen, who lived here from 1809. It was here, in this rural idyll, that she was most prolific as a novelist. Celebrating this connection, Chawton House Library is a centre for the study of early women's writing. Set in the picturesque manor house that once belonged to Jane's brother, Edward, international scholars flock here to study the book collections, which are also open to the public. In addition, you can tour the ancient house, with its the Great Hall, Servant's Passage, Old Kitchen and Scullery, and admire the original William Morris wallpaper discovered behind the banisters of the Tapestry Gallery Staircase. With enchanting gardens including a wilderness area, a walled garden and a memorial rose garden, and a stable full of Shire horses to meet, or even adopt, Chawton House Library has much to offer. A visit here can be combined with a tour of Jane Austen's house, a short walk away.

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Tel: 01420 541010
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House & Gardens: £7 (ch 6-16 £3). Gardens only: £4 (ch under 16 free)

Opening times

Open 21 Mar-28 Oct, Mon-Fri 1.30-4.30, Sun & BHs 11-5 (last entry 30mins before closing)





Partly accessible. Partial ground floor access
Disabled parking available

Chawton House Library
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