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Chawton House

Large traditional English estate with beautiful gardens.

A large brick building with grass in front of a house
A large brick building with grass in front of a house

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About the garden

Enjoy a fascinating visit to the over 400-year-old ‘Great House,’ at Chawton, so-called by Jane Austen who regularly visited to see her brother Edward Austen Knight and his family. Nestled within the glorious East Hampshire countryside is the Elizabethan manor house home to a unique collection of work by early women writers, set within 275 acres of rolling parkland.

Surrounding the house are also 18th-century gardens where you can find Elizabeth Blackwell’s Herb Garden containing medicinal plants and The Lime Avenue which offers spectacular views. Snowdrops and a blanket of Bluebells arrive in spring, the sweet aroma of Roses drift by in summer and green foliage transforms with autumn colour. You can take a tour of both the garden and the house.

Enjoy a leisurely Halk Walk or follow the Jane Austen trail within the grounds, play Garden Explorer Bingo with the kids and finish with a scrumptious cake from the Old Kitchen Tearoom or outdoor Tea Shed.

Opening times

Chawton House is closed from 3 January before reopening every Wednesday to Friday, 10am-3.30pm, from 9 February. The Parkland remains open for walkers to explore, with the Tea Shed open every Wednesday to Sunday from 7 January

Useful details

Garden area

275 Acres

Dog walking

Yes - Dogs on leads.

Cafe or restaurant

Food and drink facilities include a food stall and a cafe/restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating.

Family

Yes - Children of all ages.

Wheelchair access

Mostly accessible (many paths flat and paved).

Shops

Yes - There is a gift shop.

Hampshire, GU34 1SJ

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Find the garden

Chawton House
Hampshire
GU34 1SJ
Sat Nav Postcode
GU34 1SJ
Public Transport
From London Waterloo, there are hourly trains to Alton.
There is a taxi rank outside the station.
The number 64 Stagecoach bus runs daily between Alton train station and Winchester, stopping at the A31/32 junction roundabout near Chawton.
The number 38 service from Petersfield to Alton offers a less frequent option, stopping in Chawton.
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01420 541 010

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