Chawton House library

Since Caroline and her family left Chawton House, the Knight family have leased the house to a charitable trust for 125 years. The house had been fully restored and is now open to the public as Chawton House Library, a UK-registered charity.

Chawton House Library preserves a unique collection of early women’s writing (1600 – 1830).  Visitors can enjoy the ‘Great House’ referred to in Jane’s letters, relax in the tranquil gardens, and find inspiration in the lives and works of our women writers. 

 The Oak Room - where Jane Austen liked to sit

The Oak Room - where Jane Austen liked to sit

 The Dining Room

The Dining Room

 Original 1588 fire back in the Great Hall

Original 1588 fire back in the Great Hall

 The Old Kitchen

The Old Kitchen

Chawton House Library is open to the visiting public from March to October; anyone who wants to read the books can make an appointment, at any time  For further information, event programme and admission prices click on the link below: