Trip Advisor Excellence Award - "A unique tour that no serious Jane Austen fan should miss."
This tour is a wonderful day trip out of London. You can take a train from London Waterloo to Basingstoke where
Hampshire Ambassador Phil Howe will meet you at the station for your Jane Austen day. Alternatively if you are
arriving by car we can meet you at a mutually convenient location.If you are organising a group event we can
arrange customised itineraries and evening presentations.
During the morning we discover "The cradle of her genius", exploring the picturesque villages that Jane Austen knew as
well as her birthplace and her father's church at Steventon. We see the country houses where she danced and fell in
and out of love, and trace the people she mentions in her letters, surrounded by a landscape remarkably unchanged since
Phil gives a commentary on the social and cultural life of the time and also relays the gossip and stories Jane Austen
knew about her neighbours that clearly echo in her novels. Discover discover the author and the underlying inspiration
especially for Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility and Northanger Abbey.
After lunch in a country inn, we take a short drive to the Jane Austen House Museum at Chawton to see where she spent
her last years revising and writing the novels, we visit the family graves ad then back to a convenient station for
your train back to London. If you are staying locally we can drop you back at your hotel or B&B.
You will leave knowing what influenced Jane as a young girl, young woman and young author. Re-visiting the books or films
will now have much more meaning for you. It's a full Jane Austen day an entertaining way to see Jane Austen's neighbourhood.