Jane Austen, Overnight Small Group
Private car/minibus - 2 Days
This is a personally guided small group tour, maximum 10 people, for October 5th-6th.
Visit the locations related to Jane Austen’s life on this overnight tour with an expert London tour guide and spend the night in a luxury 5 star hotel within one of Bath's most iconic landmarks.
Day 1: Monday 5th October.
Departing from central London.
Visit Lacock village which was used for many period films including the BBC's 1995 Pride And Prejudice adaptation and more recently Harry Potter! Lacock Abbey is one of the few abbeys to survive Tudor times. The George Inn, an authentic 13th century inn is a great place to have lunch and is one of the oldest licensed pub in England (lunch meal not included).
Continue to Bath, the city where Persuasion and Northanger Abbey are mainly set. The city of Bath was founded as a health spa by the Romans; visit its Roman Baths and Pump Room which remain among the finest antiquities in the country. Bath was the home of Jane Austen from 1800 - 1806. “I really believe I shall always be talking of Bath .... I do like it so very much. Oh! Who can ever be tired of Bath,” wrote Jane Austen in 'Northanger Abbey' (1818). Step into the Fashion Museum, housed in the famous Assembly Rooms, also described in this novel.
Look beyond the famous Palladian façade of the Royal Crescent: go in No.1 Royal Crescent, the first house to be built in the Crescent and see what life was like for the wealthy and their servants in 18th century Bath. Each room is an exquisite example of Georgian interior design with authentic furniture, paintings, textiles and carpets.
Enjoy a fine dinner at your beautiful luxury hotel and an entertaining and informative evening talk by a Jane Austen expert, just for your group.
Overnight at The Royal Crescent Hotel, Bath
Day 2: Tuesday 6th October
Visit Winchester where, suffering from a kidney disorder, Jane Austen moved to in 1817 to be close to her physician. She only lived a few weeks in the house on College Street (now a private residence). She died on 18 July 1817 and was laid to rest in Winchester Cathedral.
Next, visit Steventon, a quaint village where Jane Austen was born and lived for 25 years until her family moved to Bath. The rectory where she lived was demolished but the 12th Century church where her father was a vicar and where she used to worship to still stands unchanged.
Jane's full social life in Steventon provided her with material for her novels, and she wrote Pride & Prejudice, Northanger Abbey and Sense & Sensibility there, even though these were only published later.
Spend some time at Jane Austen's home in Chawton, a 17th Century house where she lived for 8 years with her mother and sister and worked on 'Emma', 'Persuasion' & 'Mansfield Park'. Her home now houses a fascinating collection of memorabilia including the table she used to write on, letters, a quilt she made, jewellery... Drive through the small town of Alton where Jane and her sister used to walk to daily. They would shop and collect the family mail from the local branch of their brother’s bank, at number 10 on the High Street. Jane’s doctor lived opposite the Curtis Museum at no.4 High Street.
Return to London. The tour ends in central London.
- Starts and ends in central London.
- Single accommodation in luxury 5 star hotel in the heart of Bath. No single supplement. We can offer a 95 pounds discount per person if you choose to share a room with your travelling partner (please note the rooms only have one double bed).
- Set dinner at the hotel.
- Evening talk * on a location specific Jane Austen topic.
- Fully qualified expert guide throughout the tour.
- All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary.
- Private transportation for the group (no more than 10 people in the group).
- Lunches and refreshments.
- Gratuities for your driver/guide.
** If less than 4 people travel, the evening talk will not take place.
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- Starts and ends in central London. - Single accommodation in luxury 5 star hotel in the heart of Bath. No single supplement. We can offer a 95 pounds discount per person if you choose to share a room with your travelling partner (please note the rooms