Jane Austen


A life in Hampshire

Discover her countryside, discover the author. Explore the picturesque villages that Jane Austen knew, the site of her birthplace and her father's church at Steventon.


See the country houses where she danced, fell in and out of love, and trace the people she mentions in her letters, in memorials, in village churches and in a landscape remarkably unchanged since the 1770's.


Her popularity is as great as ever, witnessed by the exhibitions, performances, displays, lectures and a bronze sculpture of her unveiled in the Market Square in Basingstoke.


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Downton Abbey Tour


Home of the TV Drama series

Visit the real Downton Abbey, Highclere Castle, home of the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon with Hampshire Ambassador, Phil Howe.


Just 45 mins from London Waterloo, Hidden Britain Tours can pick you up from Basingstoke's local hotels or railway station and take you on a short journey through some of England's most glorious countryside, explaining the beautiful Hampshire landscape as you go.


For this tour we advise all visitors to purchase their own entry ticket to Highclere Castle well in advance as tickets sell out very quickly. Highclere does also offer walk-up tickets but these are not guaranteed.


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