Tours Summary

Jane Austen
Jane Austen's Dancing Years Tour

Discover the countryside, discover the author, and imagine her life in Hampshire. Explore the picturesque villages that Jane Austen knew in a landscape which has remained remarkably unchanged since the Regency period.

We see the country houses where she danced, visit the site of her birthplace and trace the people she mentions in her letters in memorials in ancient churches, discover rare medieval church graffiti, and tell the stories of the countryside. We explain geology, Regency history, culture, social history, farming practices, hedges, thatching, and hunting.

This one-day, literary tour in a luxury people carrier (MPV) is approximately six hours and is offered from February to December. If you are staying locally, we can drop you back at your hotel or B&B otherwise we will return you to a convenient train station for your return journey.

An atmospheric view inside Steventon Church

Downton Abbey/Watership Down
Hampshire Tour

Visit the real Downton Abbey, Highclere Castle, home of the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon. See the breath-taking landscape of Watership Down which inspired Richard Adams' 1972 novel, the animated feature film and recent TV adaptation. We see the picturesque villages that Jane Austen knew, the country houses where she fell in and out love and trace people she mentions in her letters.

We meet at Basingstoke Train Station, just 45 mins from London Waterloo and accessible by train from many other parts of England such as Winchester, Oxford and Salisbury. Alternatively, if you are arriving by car, we can meet you at a mutually convenient location, or meet you at your accommodation if you are staying nearby. The short journey from Basingstoke through north Hampshire will take you across some of England's most glorious countryside.

The magnificent Highclere Castle - Setting for the BBC period drama Downton Abbey

Hidden Hampshire
Countryside, Villages, History and Heritage Tour

Discover the outstanding beauty of Hampshire and the South Downs National Park. Explore meandering lanes, picturesque villages, medieval market towns, thatched cottages, ancient churches, country houses, secret ruins, medieval graffiti, gentle landscapes, watercress beds, world famous trout streams, and enjoy the rural world for a while. A trip to remember.

This one-day, year-round guided tour in our comfortable, air-conditioned people carrier (MPV) is a perfect interlude to a holiday or business trip centred around London. Your day's adventure will start with your 45-minute train journey from London Waterloo to Basingstoke Station where you will be met by our popular and knowledgeable driver-guide, Phil Howe. The tour lasts approximately 6 hours and you will be dropped back to Basingstoke Station for a return train in time to enjoy your evening in London.

A typical view of some of the beautiful and varied Hampshire countryside

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Leadership and Itineraries for Group Tours

Hidden Britain Tours have been delighting national and international visitors to the south of England since 2005. We usually cater for small groups of up to six people on our highly personalised, entertaining and educational tours. However, we have also nurtured excellent relationships with international tour planners, group travel organisers, clubs, societies, colleges, universities, country house hotels and coach operators.

Phil Howe leads a group of walkers and pauses to discuss a point of detail with them