Chawton House Library

Set in the home and working estate of Jane Austen's brother, Chawton House Library is a registered charity with a unique collection of books focusing on women's writing in English from 1600 to 1830.

Permanent collections

The Chawton House Library's main collection focuses on works written by women in English during the period 1600 to 1830, by writers including Mary Shelley and Maria Edgeworth. The Library holds early editions of works from the period, many of which are rare and in some cases even unique. There are portraits of notable women by Michael Dahl, John Opie, John Hoppner and Joseph Wright.

The Library also houses the Knight Collection, the private library of the Knight family, who owned Chawton House for over 400 years.

Visitor information

Guided tours take place every Tuesday and Thursday, March to December, and on Tuesdays only in January and February. The tours start at 2.30pm and include a thorough guided tour of the house and library. Visitors can also explore the gardens on a self-guided tour from Monday to Friday between 10am and 4pm.

Venue details

Chawton House Library Chawton, Alton Hampshire GU34 1SJ 01420541010

Entry details

50% off with National Art Pass (standard entry £6)

Jan – Mar
Tue, guided tour at 2.00 p.m.

Apr – Nov
Tue & Thu guided tour at 2.00 p.m.

Jun – Sep
Tue and Thu as above, with the addition of Wed morning tour starting at 11am

No tours in Dec

Self-guided garden tours,
Mon – Fri, 10am – 4pm

Closed on Bank Holidays and weekends

Advance booking essential for all tours as there may be occasions when they are not running because of operational commitments.