Jane Austen, whose books are admired for their wit and social observation, was born and lived most of her life in Hampshire. Its countryside and people provided the inspiration for many of her novels, literary classics including Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Sense and Sensibility and Mansfield Park.
2017 marked the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death.
Celebrate this extraordinary author’s creativity, talent and life in Hampshire in a year packed with exhibitions, talks, walks, writing competitions and performances.
- Jane Austen 200 (external link)
Jane in East Hampshire
In 1809 Jane, her sister Cassandra and their mother settled in Chawton, near Alton. Here she wrote or revised her novels.
Jane Austen’s affection for Chawton is shown in the following lines:
Our Chawton home - how much we find
Already in it, to our mind,
And how convinced that when complete,
It will all other places beat,
That ever have been made or mended,
With rooms concise or rooms distended.
What to see and do
Jane Austen’s House Museum: visit Jane’s home in Chawton, see the desk where she wrote. Reopens March 2017.
Note: It is now easier than ever to visit Jane Austen’s House Museum by public transport with an easy to follow walking guide from a nearby bus stop. The number 64 Stagecoach service runs daily between Alton train station and Winchester, with a safe walking route from the Butts in Alton. The number 38 service from Petersfield to Alton offers a less frequent alternative option stopping in Chawton Village. Please always check online before travelling: stagecoachbus.com.
- Circular walk following in Jane’s footsteps through the countryside that inspired her from Chawton to Farringdon (pdf 389 kb)
- Jane Austen Trail from Alton to Chawton (external link)
- Jane Austen Walk in Alton (external link)
- Writers Way - walking and cycling route (external link)