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Literary Heroes

Literary Heroes

Jane Austen’s Bedroom ©Jane Austen’s House Museum/Peter Smith

Explore the 17th century house and tranquil cottage garden where Jane Austen lived with her mother and sister, Cassandra, and their friend Martha Lloyd.

Now known as Jane Austen’s House Museum, Jane’s home in Chawton north east of Petersfield is the only house where Jane lived and wrote that is open to the public. Jane spent the last eight years of her life here until 1817, revising her three previously unpublished novels and writing three more.

Feel the connection with Jane and her life here, as you follow the Jane Austen Literary Walk and see the sights that Jane mentions in her letters to family and friends.

Getting around
Distance 4 ½ mile circular route
Duration A half day including a visit to Jane Austen’s House Museum
Directions – Bus Stagecoach bus service 38 from Stop R outside Petersfield railway station takes 45 minutes to Jane Austen’s House Museum on Winchester Road.

Useful Information

As you follow the Jane Austen literary trail from Chawton to Farringdon, you can see the Elizabethan home of Jane’s brother at Chawton House Library and visit the graves of Jane’s mother and sister at St Nicholas’ Church.

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