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Chawton House Library

  • Garden/Arboretum
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 08/20/2030

Fodor's Review

Located in a Elizabethan country house on a 275-acre estate (part of the South Downs National Park), this library specializes in works by English women writers from 1600 to 1830, including authors such as Mary Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, and Frances Burney. It also houses the Knight Collection, the private library of the family who owned the house for over 400 years. Jane Austen’s brother Edward eventually inherited the property and added the walled kitchen garden, shrubberies, and parkland.

Sight Information


Chawton, Hampshire, GU34 1SJ, England



Sight Details:

  • Library and gardens £8; gardens only £5.
  • Closed mid-Dec.–early Mar. and some Sat. in June and July

Published 08/20/2030


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