Jane Austen Highlights Tour
Schedules | From £23 per person
The trip visits Steventon Church and village where Jane Austen was born, followed by Chawton where we see Jane Austen’s House and the church where her mother and sister are buried. We then travel to Winchester where we see the last house that Jane stayed in together with her final resting place in the famous cathedral. You also have the opportunity to explore the city before our return journey.
Steventon is a relatively remote village where Jane Austen was born and where she lived until the age of 25. Jane drafted three of her novels here: Northanger Abbey, Pride and Prejudice, and Sense and Sensibility, although they were not published until later. Her father (George) was rector at Steventon Church and both he and her eldest brother (James) are buried there. We see inside the church and imagine what living in the village must have been like for Jane. Although Jane’s house (the rectory) was demolished we can see where it was. We can also see the coaching inn where the mail coaches from London dropped off mail and where Jane walked to collect the post.
We then drive to the lovely village of Chawton where Jane lived from 1809 to 1817. It was in the house there that she finalised the three novels drafted in Steventon as well as writing three more: Persuasion, Emma, and Mansfield Park. We see the writing table that she used and various artefacts of hers. The building is late 17th century and is itself of interest.
We can also walk to Chawton Church about 600m from the house to see where Jane Austen’s mother and Jane’s sister are buried.
There is a café and a pub in the village for refreshments.
Winchester was Anglo Saxon capital of Wessex and is home to one of the oldest cathedrals in England where Jane is buried. There is an interesting high street with some notably old buildings. We will see the last house that Jane Austen stayed in while she was receiving medical treatment (from the outside only – it is a private residence) as well as the Cathedral Square. You are free to explore other attractions – take time to visit the Great Hall (the last remaining part of Winchester Castle) to see what is reputedly King Arthur’s round table (it has hung in the hall since at least 1453) (entrance requests a voluntary donation of £3), the ruin of Wolvesey Castle (free entry) as well as the City Museum (free entry) and the Old Mill (charge - National Trust), or take a walk along the river.
Entrance fees (additional cost)
Jane Austen’s House – please bring £6:50 (Group rate) for this (£3 for disabled) - the driver will collect this and obtain the group ticket rate
Winchester Cathedral (where Jane Austen is buried) £5 group rate - includes a guided tour provided by the Cathedral
Depart 9am: Visit Steventon church and Jane Austen’s House in Chawton
Depart Chawton at 1pm for Winchester*
Depart Winchester: 4:30pm*
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The driver will drop off passengers on the return journey at other locations that are directly on the route. Please discuss with your driver.