Every literary fan should head to Hampshire to explore the house where Jane Austen spent the last years of her life and wrote some of her best works. Austen lived here from 1809 to 1817 and wrote Mansfield Park, Emma, and Persuasion while sitting at the writing table that you can still see, just as she left it. Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, and Northanger Abbey were all revised at this house as well, though to what is extent is not known. A visit to this house provides invaluable insight into the life of Jane Austen, both as a writer and as a daughter and sister. The informative video as you enter the house is essential; it tells the story of the life that Austen led in Hampshire and how it influenced her writings.

The collection at Jane Austen’s house includes many personal touches, such as manuscript letters from Austen and several music books with pieces copied out in her hand. You can also see some of the jewellery she wore while living in Hampshire, as well as the patchwork quilt she made with her mother and sister. The best thing about visiting Jane Austen’s House Museum is the private collection that gives a familiarity with this enigmatic writer. Much of the house focuses on Austen’s relationship with her close-knit family. You can see how she spent time with her brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews. You can explore Chawton Village and the garden to see what inspire Austen’s most famous novels and explore the environment where she lived and worked.

Chawton, Alton, Hampshire, GU34 1SD
Tel: +44 (0)1420 83262
Times: January, Saturday & Sunday, 10:30am-4:30pm
February- May; September – December: daily, 10:30am-4:30pm
June, July & August: daily, 10:00am-5:00pm