Seeking Adventures Abroad: 200 Years of Northanger Abbey
A Pathfinders Tour • July 11-20, 2019
(Tentative as of January 2019)
Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey was published with Persuasion 201 years ago, at the end of 1817. This tour itinerary includes locations important in Jane Austen’s life, as well as sites mentioned in Northanger Abbey and used in film adaptations of the novel.
- Thursday, July 11: Arrive in London in time to join JASNA members in the morning at a designated Heathrow airport hotel and travel to Hampshire in a deluxe motor coach. In Steventon, Jane Austen’s birthplace, explore St. Nicolas Church. Tour the nearby ancient manor house, The Vyne. Continue to Winchester for a city orientation, then to the hotel and a welcome dinner. Hotel in Winchester; D*
- Friday, July 12: In Chawton, tour Chawton House and the village church with an opportunity to see the graves of Jane Austen’s mother and sister. Visit the nearby market town of Alton for an independent lunch and see the High Street where the Austen’s shopped and the exterior of Henry Austen’s bank. Tour Jane Austen’s House Museum and visit the Hampshire Trust to attend a costume lecture. Hotel in Winchester; B*
Saturday, July 13: Visit Winchester Cathedral for a short private ceremony at the grave of Jane Austen. After an early lunch, depart for Chawton to attend the afternoon proceedings of the British Jane Austen Society, including the keynote lecture, tea, and the opportunity for informal meetings with JAS members. Attend Evensong at St. Nicholas Church. Hotel in Winchester; B, Tea.
- Sunday, July 14: Travel to Bath by way of Wiltshire, passing the old city of Salisbury, then into Dorset, to Thomas Hardy’s Dorchester and to Lyme Regis. Visit the charming seaport, especially the Cobb, to see the location of the incident in Persuasion. Explore the town and perhaps visit the Philpot Museum with its special exhibit about Mary Anning. In the afternoon, journey to Bath. Hotel in Bath; B, D*
- Monday, July 15: Enjoy a guided tour of the major Austen sites in Bath to see locations where the family lived as well as 1 Royal Crescent, the Royal Circus and Assembly Rooms, and St. Swithin’s Church, where Mr. and Mrs. Austen were married and where Mr. Austen is buried. Special arrangements will be made for those who would like to walk on Beechen Cliff (Northanger Abbey) and see Camden Place, the location for Sir Walter Elliot’s rented house in Persuasion. Hotel in Bath; B*
- Tuesday, July 16: Take an excursion to nearby Bristol to visit the park of Blaise Castle, an 18th century folly contemporary with the Gothic novels that inspired Catherine Morland, see the Blaise Castle Museum, and walk to the Castle grounds. Visit Blaise Hamlet, a unique collection of Regency era “cottages ornés,” and the suburb/village of Clifton, which was a social rival to Bath in the Austens’ time. Hotel in Bath; B*
- Wednesday, July 17: Visit Beckford’s Tower, built by the eccentric collector William Beckford. Make a short visit to the location of Beckford’s private house in Lansdown Crescent. A free afternoon in Bath offers the opportunity to sample Bath’s fine shopping area, visit the Roman Baths, or take a “cure” at the nearby private Thermae spa. This evening we are guests at a private supper party, with entertainment, in an elegant Bath townhouse. Hotel in Bath; B, D*
Thursday, July 18: Follow the route taken by Catherine and the Tilneys to Northanger Abbey. Make a short stop at the hamlet of Petty France, then go on to Warwickshire to tour Stoneleigh Abbey, which belonged to relatives of Mrs. Austen. Travel to our hotel in Coombe Abbey Park, originally built (as Northanger was) as an Abbey in medieval times. Hotel in Coombe Abbey; B, D*
- Friday, July 19: Tour the spa town of Cheltenham, another spa rival of Bath and much preferred by Jane Austen. See the Pittville Pump Room and take a Regency Walk with a knowledgeable local guide. Visit Adlestrop, enjoy tea, and enjoy a walk through the village that also belonged to the Leigh family. Return to the hotel for the farewell dinner. Hotel in Coombe Abbey; B*, Tea, D*
- Saturday, July 20: Tour ends. Depart for London airports or continue on tour extension. Transportation provided to airports for participants departing on this day. B*
Optional Extension Tour
Seeking More Adventures Abroad:
A Pathfinders Tour • July 20-24, 2019
(Tentative as of January 2019)
Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey was published with Persuasion 201 years ago, at the end of 1817. This tour extension to Ireland includes locations used in the 2007 adaptation of Northanger Abbey (shot entirely in Ireland), locations used in the film Becoming Jane, and places that played an important role in the life of Tom Lefroy.
SATURDAY, JULY 20: At the conclusion of the main tour, participants in the extension tour will transfer the short distance to Birmingham Airport for the flight to Cork. We will meet our Irish driver and set out for Blarney to visit the Castle—probably Ireland’s best-known monument—dating from the 6th century. The present structure was built in 1446 and is surrounded by beautiful grounds and gardens. Those who wish will be able to kiss the Blarney Stone: “whoever kisses, never misses to grow eloquent.” From Blarney we drive to Cork, Ireland’s second city, for a short orientation tour. After checking in to the hotel, we will attend a social meeting and discussion with members of the Cork Friends of Jane Austen. Hotel in Cork; B, D*
SUNDAY, JULY 21: After breakfast we travel the short distance to Lismore Castle. Privately owned by the family of the Dukes of Devonshire, the castle began life as an abbey and was the film location for Northanger in the 2007 film. We will visit the castle gardens and view the impressive battlements, a “Gothick” creation by the 6th Duke of Devonshire and a striking feature in the film. The group will then journey to Dublin through Tipperary, Kildare, and Kilkenny counties. On arrival in Dublin we will take an orientation tour of the city and visit Dublin Castle, which also features in the film. Hotel in Dublin; B*
MONDAY, JULY 22:
The Long Gallery, Trinity College
Today we travel west to Trim, in County Meath, to visit Higginsbrook House, the property of the Gray family. We will spend the morning and enjoy a private lunch with them. The house was used as both the location for the Austen family home in Becoming Jane
and the rectory at Fullerton, where the Morlands lived in the film Northanger Abbey
. We return to Dublin and tour Trinity College, the alma mater of Thomas Lefroy, and visit the library where the famed illuminated manuscript, Book of Kells, is kept. We will also see the bust of Tom Lefroy in the Long Gallery, along with busts of other Irish statesmen, lawyers, and writers. Hotel in Dublin; B, L
TUESDAY, JULY 23: We will make a pilgrimage to Mount Jerome cemetery in Dublin to see the vault of the Lefroy family, where Tom Lefroy was buried in 1869. From there, we will visit the Kings’ Inns, the oldest legal institution in Ireland, which was founded by King Henry VIII in 1541. Pending permission, we will see the portrait of Tom Lefroy painted when he was Lord Chief Justice. We will also view nearby Henrietta Street, which has a long history as a film location for Dublin street scenes. Use free time in the afternoon to visit the National Museum, the National Gallery, or the Dublin Writers’ Museum, and perhaps browse in the shopping area of Grafton Street. Farewell dinner included tonight. Hotel in Dublin; B, D*
Bust of Thomas Lefroy
* B, D, and Tea indicate meals included in tour price.
* The hotels for the extension tour are The Imperial Hotel in Cork and Hotel 7 in Dublin.
• Winchester Cathedral (Carol Moss)
• Lyme Regis (Carrie Bebris)
• Blaise Castle, by Henry Repton
• Stoneleigh Abbey (Sue Forgue)
• Blarney Castle (Ireland Information)
• Dublin Castle (Ireland Information)
• Trinity College Long Gallery (Liz P. Cooper)
• Bust of Tom Lefroy (Liz P. Cooper)