Jane Austen’s House in the picturesque Hampshire village of Chawton provides the perfect day out for families.

Family Trail

Our fun new Family Trail gets little ones exploring Jane Austen’s House, learning about the past and creating drawings of their own, all from the comfort of home!

Visiting Jane Austen’s House

Jane Austen’s charming garden is the ideal spot for a game of hide and seek and there is much to discover throughout the village of Chawton.

Explore the beautiful surrounding parkland and let off steam in the village playground; enjoy a fresh pastry or an ice cream from Cassandra’s Cup at one of the village picnic tables; wander down the road to Chawton House (the house that belonged to Jane Austen’s brother) and explore their gardens; stop off at St Nicholas Church where the graves of Jane Austen’s mother and sister are located, as well as a statue of Jane Austen; or follow one of the walks and trails that wind through the village and surrounding area.

A map of Chawton

Chawton Village

Hand-drawn map by Peter Gander © haveagander

Facilities and amenities

  • Family-friendly dining options are available in the village; both Cassandra’s Cup and The Greyfriar Pub  are opposite Jane Austen’s House and The Old Kitchen Tearoom at Chawton House is just a short walk away. Please check their websites for opening times and their current services.
  • Free parking is provided in the public car park opposite the House beyond the pub car park.
  • An accessible WC with baby changing facilities is available on site and, of course, breastfeeding is welcome. ​
  • Across the road from the House is a beautiful parkland area with a playground and picnic benches.
She was moreover noisy and wild, hated confinement and cleanliness, and loved nothing so well in the world as rolling down the green slope at the back of the house. Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey