Jane Austen's House Museum

Jane Austen's House Museum information

Location
Winchester , England
Address
Chawton village
Telephone
+44 1420 83262
More information
www.jane-austens-house-museum.org.uk
Prices
adult/child £8/4
Opening hours
10.30am-4.30pm mid-Feb–Dec
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Fittingly, there's a touch of period drama about the former home of Jane Austen (1775–1817). This appealing red-brick house is where the celebrated English novelist lived with her mother and sister from 1809 to 1817. While living here, Austen wrote Mansfield Park , Emma and Persuasion , and revised Sense and Sensibility , Pride and Prejudice and Northanger Abbe y. The museum is 18 miles east of Winchester; take bus 64 from Winchester to Chawton Roundabout (45 minutes, hourly), then walk 800m to Chawton village.

The interior depicts a typical well-to-do Georgian family home, complete with elegant furniture and copper pans in the kitchen. Highlights include the occasional table Austen used as a desk, first editions of her novels and the delicate handkerchief she embroidered for her sister.