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On the trail of Jane Austen – Literary Group Tours

Inbound Tour Operator for Cornwall and Southern England

For fans of Jane Austen a tour following in her footsteps would take you from her birthplace in Steventon, Hampshire to the village of Chawton, Hampshire and Winchester and on to Bath, Somerset. Although Jane Austen was born in Hampshire, it was her time living in Bath that had most influence on her writing.

No tour would be complete without a visit to Chawton House, Hampshire. This beautiful Elizabethan manor house was once owned by her brother and is where Jane spent much of her time. The house and gardens are open to the public and you can see where Jane enjoyed the most prolific period of writing in her life. A feature of Chawton House is the famous Chawton House Library, which is an internationally respected research and learning centre for the study of women’s writing from 1600-1830. The Library which opened in 2003 has a collection of over 9000 books and many original manuscripts. It is at Chawton House that the AGM of the Jane Austen Society of the UK is held and where the Jane Austen Society of North America held its 25th Anniversary AGM in 2003.

Not far from the village of Chawton is Winchester, Jane Austen spent the last few weeks of her life here, the house which is near to Winchester College is a private house and not open to the public. Jane Austen was laid to rest in Winchester Cathedral on 18th July 1817, and on a tour, you can see her final resting place, the brass plaque next to her grave which was donated by her nephew Edward in 1870 and the memorial window which was installed in 1900.

The Jane Austen Centre in the city of Bath attempts to recreate her experiences in the city and explain the effects that they had on her writing. It was during her time in the fashionable spa town of Bath from 1801-1806 that she was inspired to write her novels; Northanger Abbey and Persuasion. On a tour of Bath, you can follow in the footsteps of Jane, see the places that she stayed and even take afternoon tea in The Pump Room which was one of her favourite places. In the second week of September each year Bath is host to the Jane Austen Festival, which is 10 days celebrating her life and works. There is also an annual Summer Ball in June/July which is organised by the Jane Austen Festival.

On a bespoke literature group tour in England you can visit the places where they lived, enjoy the landscapes, learn about and see what inspired these great writers and poets. We welcome the opportunity to customise your group’s tour to suit you or your client’s requirements. We are also very happy to research and design a completely new tour around a theme, so please do contact us with your ideas.

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