You can reach Chawton in many ways
Chawton is located just to the south of Alton in Hampshire and can be reached by the following methods.
- For those with GPS systems, the post code of the village hall at the centre of the village is GU34 1SB
- Approach Chawton via the A31, A32 or A339. If possible enter the village by the roundabout of the A32/A31. If you approach from the A31 Farmham direction, take special care at the staggered crossroads on the B3006 (signposted Chawton), this is a fast flowing road with poor visibilbility to the left and frequently experiences minor incidents.A safer alternative is to ignore this junction and continue to the A31/A32 roundabout and turning first left into the village.
- We are about 25 minutes from the M3 and A3
- Please park in the village car park, opposite Jane Austen's house, avoiding the coach parking bays.
- If the car park is full, additional parking is available along the main road through the village, both to the left by the village recreational grounds, or alternately to the right of the car park entrance within the village, however, If you park on the road, please ensure that you leave sufficient space for a wide bus or fire engine to get through and are considerate for those who live here and have to park on the road (primarily between the centre of the village and the village hall).
- Do not park in the pub car park unless you are planning to visit it - it does have an active wheel clamping policy
- Do not park in the coach bays within the village car park, or block access to them. These are used regularly - (including weekends and bank holidays) from experience, coach drivers will tend to block in cars parked in their bays. Theres also an enforced fine for vehicles left in this area
- During major village events, we provide ample off-road and generally free parking in the surrounding fields. When entering the village, follow the instructions from the traffic marshals wearing yellow or orange tabbards. We also mark certain areas on the road with bollards to prevent parking, permit emergency access or support the needs of that event. Please do not move the bollards.
We are aware of limitations in parking within the village and are working to resolve them - whilst maintaining the character of our village. Please help us to help you by parking appropriately within our limited resources. Alternately, you may want to consider using public transport.
If you are driving and haven't driven in the UK before, you may find the following links useful
- Trains run from London Waterloo, to Alton. Train times are around 70 minutes. Routes can be planned using the national rail site nationalrail.
- When you reach Alton, the station will probably not have any Taxi's waiting and the station may not be manned. A number of taxi companies have cards there and the trip to Chawton should take no more than 5 minutes. You are advised to organise a taxi before hand.
If you prefer to walk, this will take approximately 30 minutes for an average walker and the route is generally flat and is just under 2 miles. Recently a number of eliptical brown Jane Austen Trail signs have been installed to make the walk easier to follow.
- Leave Alton station by the road leading to the left hand side of the car park.
- At the junction with the road, turn right up the slight incline towards the main road through Alton (100M)
- Turn left and follow the road through Alton. Do not turn off the main road.
- At a small roundabout, you will pass the police station on the left.
- Decend down a small hill into the town centre with the Alton House Hotel on the left and the banks on the right.
- Keep walking to the far end of Alton past the Marks and Spencer supermarket on the left.
- Keep walking in the same direction, as the main road joins from the left hand side.
- Follow the road until you reach a large triangular green on the right. The road passes to the left of this green.
- As you approach the overhead railway bridge, cross the road to the left side in order to cross the mini roundabout. Take care at this point the traffic moves fairly quickly and visibility is poor on the right hand side under the second bridge.
- Cross the roundabouts and keep straight into the Winchester Road. Do not turn left to follow the museum signs, these are for road users only.
- The Winchester Road has houses on the right hand side and some fields on the left (behind a row of trees and bushes)
- Towards the end of the Winchester Road you pass a builders merchants.
- You are now in Chawton
- Go through the subway adjacent to Mounters Lane
- Proceed through the village taking particular care at the next junction. Either walk on the narower right side, or cross at the apex of the junction to the old thatched cottage. The pavement is much wider after you've passed the cottage.
- Jane Austen's House is about 400M down on the right hand side, just past the pub and as the road curves to the right to go out of the village.
- If you reach the large fast flowing roundabout, or the recreational ground and the school, then you've gone too far.
For the weary traveller, the tea rooms and village pub are on the left hand side, near the the museum.
There is no regular coach service to Chawton, except by private hire.
Two coach parking bays are provided in the village car park and these are generally used by parties visiting the museum.
If you are planning to come by coach, please check with the museum first to ensure availability of parking.
Visiting Chawton by bus is not the easiest method due to the infrequent bus services, stops in Alton are available should be considered. Directions from Alton are shown above. The bus timetable can be found at the stagecoachbus site, Enter "Chawton" or "Alton" into the Arriving box to find current information. For simplicity, we have done this for you and you can just click on on the your preferred destination above.
Where to stay
There are a number of places that provide Bed and Breakfast (B&B) in and around the village or nearby villages, they are listed here