A few weeks ago I made a trip to the house of Jane Austen in her home of Chawton, Hampshire. The house has been opened as a museum, and for under ten pounds you can wonder around the house’s garden, kitchen, bedrooms, drawing room, and more, while being able to look at famous objects such as Jane’s ring, the topaz cross, letters, her sewing…
As well as looking around the rooms there were opportunities to dress up in the style of a character straight out of a Jane Austen book, or you could also make your own little lavender bag.
There was also a very sweet gift shop which not only had all of Jane’s novels and film adaptations, but little quirky objects that I had never seen anywhere before. There were even playing cards with illustrations of her characters on them!
I visited on a trip with a few others from my university, so because we had to get back to Norwich we didn’t have time to explore the area of Chawton. But it looked like a lovely, cute area to explore and just opposite was a tea rooms named after Jane’s sister, Cassandra, which looked nice for a cup of tea after visiting the house.
If you are a fan of Jane Austen I think that visiting her home in Chawton is definitely something I would recommend. You find out so many little things about the life of her and her family on the visit and it is a lovely feeling knowing you are walking around what was once the home of one of the greatest writers.
If you would like to know anything more about the house then feel free to ask in the comments!