Jane lived in Hampshire for most of her life, except for a time living in Bath. She visited friends and family in London and Kent, as well as her home county of Hampshire, and went to the south coast for holidays.
The home of the Austen family before Jane was born.
The Steventon Rectory where Jane was born no longer exists. It was her home from her birth on 16 December 1775 to her move to Bath in 1801.
St Nicholas Church
George Austen’s church at Steventon, where Jane was christened and worshipped as a child.
Jane often went to Basingstoke as it was the closest town to Steventon. She shopped, danced and visited her friends that lived in the town.
Steventon, Ashe & Deane Churches
The Austen family lived at Deane until moving to Steventon, and Ashe is where Jane’s friends lived. This circular walk is a wonderful way to see all 3 places.
Jane danced at the Vyne and her nephew Edward married the niece of the family.
Manydown was pulled down in 1961. It was the home of Jane’s friends the Bigg sisters, and it was here that Jane received a proposal of marriage from their brother, Harris Bigg-Wither.
Jane often visited Goodnestone Park when staying with her brother and his wife Elizabeth at their first home, Rowling.
Edward, Jane’s brother, inherited Godmersham from his adoptive parents. Jane visited him here for the first time in 1798. Today you can visit the Heritage Centre.
Jane lived in Bath from 1801 until her father’s death in 1805.
Jane Austen Centre, Bath
Situated a few doors down from a house the Austen family rented whilst living in Bath.
Sidmouth, Dawlish and Teignmouth
Jane and her family enjoyed a summer holiday in South Devon in 1802.
Jane visited her brother Frank at Ramsgate after visiting Edward at Godmersham Park in 1803. It is also where many of Jane’s Kent relations lived and are buried.
Jane and her family enjoyed a holiday in Lyme Regis in 1804. She used the town of Lyme and the Cobb in her novel Persuasion.
The home of Mrs Austen’s family, Jane visited Stoneleigh after the death of her father in 1805, and again in 1806 when it was thought Mrs Austen would benefit from an inheritance.
Jane moved to Southampton to live with her brother Frank and his wife Mary until 1809. Jane’s home at Castle Square, the house she mentions in her letters is no longer there although there is a Jane Austen Walk you can follow to explore the city she knew.
Jane moved to Chawton House in 1809 after Edward offered them a home after his inheritance from his adoptive parents.
Jane Austen’s Chawton Cottage
Jane lived happily in Chawton Cottage from 1809 until her death. It is now a museum dedicated to her memory.
The manor house that Edward Austen inherited is along the road from Chawton Cottage, and is a library dedicated to promoting women’s literature.
St Nicholas Church, Chawton
On the estate of Chawton House, St Nicholas is where worshipped whilst living in Chawton and where her sister and mother are buried.
Jane and Cassandra visited Cheltenham Spa to take the waters when Jane became ill in May 1816.
Jane took a carriage to Winchester from Chawton in May 1817 to receive medical treatment. She stayed at 8 College Street with Cassandra until her death on 18 July 1817. She is buried in Winchester Cathedral.