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Chawton House Library, Chawton

(4.7/5 based on 65+ reviews on the web)
Chawton House Library collections focus primarily on women's writing in English from 1600 to 1830. The reading rooms are open to the public by appointment, and the house and grounds are open during the season (March-October) weekday afternoons and all day Sundays (11-5)
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  • Staff are welcoming,informed and friendly making this place a delight on many levels. The restored house, the walled gardens, the literary Austen heritage and the active research services offer so muc...  more »
  • Everyone at the library was helpful. The guides were enthusiastic and a mine of information about the history of the house, its owners and the connection between the house and Jane Austen. The gardens...  more »
  • i went and i was amazed of the size and detail of the the gardens in the summer the work that must have gone into it was amazing  more »
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  • “Jane Austen often visited this house and you can visit it too!” Not many people know that this delightful house is open to public. Do not be confused by the name "library", for although it operates as a research centre and a library, it is also an impressive manor house with plenty of character, charm and history. In early 19th century it was a home of Edward Knight, Jane Austen’s brother, adopted by the wealthy Knight family who had no children of their own. It was Edward who kindly provided a cottage in Chawton village for his mother and two sisters that is now a world-famous Jane Austen's House Museum. Knights' Chawton House is now a research and learning centre for women’s writing and a visitor attraction, admittedly and sadly much less known. If you are visiting Jane Austen's House Museum, do take a short walk to the Village Church, pay respects to the graves of Jane's Mother and her beloved sister Cassandra and come to the Chawton House, which rich history goes back beyond the Norman Conquest. It just behind the Church. If you are lucky, you might be given a tour by no other than Jeremy Knight, a direct descendant of Edward Knight, (his great-great-great-great grandson). He is a guide like no other! Jeremy was brought up in the house and lived there with his family until 1988, he knows the house inside out, and talks about it with a great deal of knowledge and affection. Also he is a really lovely person and makes your visit truly enjoyable and special. After visiting the House don't forget to explore the gardens - they are extensive and delightful. After your tour treat yourself to a lovely cup of tea in the House's kitchen with a home-made cake. You will enjoy your day, I promise. (The House is open to public every day except Saturdays).
  • Welcoming, engaging staff doing important work in a beautiful, fascinating, historic setting!
  • I visited as part of the Jane Austen Society's AGM and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
  • Unfriendly staff, worst experience during my holiday! Overpriced and a total let down