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Tours of England


Visit "Jane Austen Country" on a memorable tour tailored for JASNA members.

An English tour specialist selected by JASNA provides exclusive tours available only to our members.  Participants visit iconic Austen sites in England and enjoy entrée to private homes and events not open to the public.  A typical tour includes:

  • Jane Austen's House signSt. Nicholas Church in Steventon, her birthplace
  • Jane Austen’s House Museum in Chawton, her final home
  • Winchester Cathedral and Austen’s grave
  • Bath, the Georgian city where Austen lived for 5 years
  • Austen family homes, including Chawton Great House (now Chawton House Library)
  • Period estates used in film adaptions
  • Historic places mentioned in Austen’s novels, such as Lyme Regis
  • Attendance at the Annual General Meeting of the Jane Austen Society (JAS) of the U.K. and opportunities to meet with JAS members for collegial discussions, when scheduling allows.



Upcoming Tour

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Winchester Cathedral

2017
Commemorating Jane Austen – 200 Years

Registration Full


Tour Details

Dates

Tour Group A:  July 9-19
Pre-Tour Add-on:  July 7-9 (attend Jane Austen Society's AGM)

Tour Group B:  July 17-27
Post-Tour Add-on:  July 27-30 (visit Austen-related churches)

Eligibility

Tour participants must be JASNA members. To join, visit our Membership page.

   

Join fellow JASNA members on a memorable tour of the houses, towns, and cities that shaped Jane Austen’s life and fiction.  Visit Steventon, Chawton, Bath, and Winchester, as well as locations related to Jane Austen’s family, such as Stoneleigh Abbey, the family seat of a branch of the Leighs, and areas associated with Pride and Prejudice: Derbyshire, the Midlands, and the Peak District.  While exploring the Midlands, we will stay in Bakewell and visit Chatsworth House and Lyme Park, locations used to portray Pemberley in the 2005 and 1995 adaptations of the novel, respectively. 

This year the also includes a special ceremony at Winchester Cathedral to mark the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen's death on July 18.  We will also meet with the Midlands Branch of the Jane Austen Society and take advantage of other special events and exhibits offered by the County of Hampshire and various Austen sites to celebrate Austen's life.  See the 2017 Tour Itinerary page for details.

Two Tour Groups in 2017

Two back-to-back tours are being offered this year so that more members will be able to mark the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen's death and participate in the special ceremony at Winchester Cathedral on July 18, 2017.  The first tour will end in Winchester, and the second will begin there. 

In addition, we are offering a two-day pre-tour extension for those who would like to attend the Jane Austen Society 's Annual General Meeting.  A three-day post-tour extension is also available for those who would like to visit churches associated with Jane Austen after the tour ends.
 



Photos:

•  Fingerpost at Chawton © Unisouth (CC BY-SA 3.0 license)
•  Winchester Cathedral © Carol Moss

2017 Tour Itinerary ›

Get details about this year's tour and the pre- and post-tour extensions.

2017 Tour Pricing & Registration ›

Find pricing information and learn how to register. 

Past Tours ›

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