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2018 Tour Itinerary

"You pierce my soul." Persuasion and the South Coast

 A Pathfinders Tour   •   July 10-20, 2018

(Tentative as of December 2017)

Registration Full

  • Tuesday, July 10:  Fly from U.S. or Canada to London. (If requested, Pathfinders will help make hotel arrangements for those wishing to arrive earlier.)
  • JA Phone BoxWednesday, July 11:  Join JASNA members in the morning at a designated Heathrow airport hotel and travel to Hampshire in a deluxe motor coach. Tour The Vyne, a Tudor mansion belonging to acquaintances of the Austen family, the Chutes. In Steventon, Jane Austen’s birthplace, explore St. Nicholas Church, where she was baptized. Following a special welcome by village friends, continue to Winchester to check into the hotel and enjoy a welcome dinner. Hotel in Winchester; D* 
  • Thursday, July 12:  After breakfast, return to Chawton village for a special tour of Chawton House Library, once the home of Jane’s brother, Edward Austen Knight. Visit the nearby town of Alton to see the site of Henry Austen’s bank. Spend the afternoon at the Jane Austen House Museum in Chawton. Hotel in Winchester; B*
  • Friday, July 13:  Full day in Portsmouth. Visit the Historic Dockyard, take a guided tour of the HMS Victory, visit the Maritime Museum, and tour the former Royal Naval College. Tour Old Portsmouth and stop at the church at Wymering to see the grave of Jane's brother Sir Francis Austen. Return to the hotel via Gosport, Portsmouth’s sister Royal Naval Base. Hotel in Winchester; B*
  • Saturday, July 14:  Take part in a morning ceremony at Jane Austen’s grave in Winchester Cathedral, then walk to 8 College Street, where she died. Return to Chawton to attend the afternoon session of the Jane Austen Society’s Annual General Meeting, including a keynote lecture and tea. There will also be opportunities to attend Evensong in the Chawton church and visit the graves of Jane Austen’s mother and sister. Hotel in Winchester; B, Tea, D* 
JA Gravestone

Jane Austen's grave in Winchester Cathedral

  • Sunday, July 15:  Depart for Dorset/Devon. Stop in Salisbury en route  to visit Wilton House, where two adaptations of Austen's novels have been filmed. Travel through Dorset via Blandford, a market town with well-preserved Georgian architecture. Continue to Sidmouth for a two-night stay. Hotel in Sidmouth; B, D* 
Wilton House

Wilton House

  • Monday, July 16:  Spend a full day in Lyme Regis. Walk through the old town, see the memorial garden, and read a passage from Persuasion on The Cobb. Following an independent lunch, visit the Lyme Regis Philpot Museum to view Austen memorabilia and an exhibit on paleontologist Mary Anning. Take the opportunity to participate in a private Fossil Walk. Return via St Michael’s Church to view the cliffs and to see Mary Anning’s grave and memorial window. Free time to stroll the beach at Lyme or nearby Charmouth (weather permitting) before returning to the hotel. Hotel in Sidmouth; B*
  • Tuesday, July 17:  Depart for Bath. Drive through Crewkerne (mentioned in Persuasion) and then visit Montacute House, a possible model for Kellynch Hall, and a filming location used for the 1995 adaptation of Sense and Sensibility. Continue to Bath, stopping at Norton St Philip to see the historic George Inn, which was used as a film location for the inn scenes in the Persuasion. Hotel in Bath:  B*
  • Sir Walters House

    Evening at "Sir Walter's Bath Townhouse"

    Wednesday, July 18:  Tour of locations in Bath associated with Persuasion and Jane Austen’s life, including The Paragon, 4 Sydney Place, Green Park Buildings (rebuilt), Camden Place (Sir Walter’s lodgings in the novel), the Pump Room, the Royal Circus, the Assembly Rooms, the Gravel Walk, Laura Place (Lady Dalrymple’s lodgings), the site of the White Hart coaching inn (demolished in the 1860’s), and more. In the evening, attend a festive supper and enjoy musical entertainment at “Sir Walter Elliot’s Townhouse.” Hotel in Bath:  B, D*
  • Thursday, July 19:  Visit  the village of Lacock, which was used to film Upper Cross in the 2005 adaptation of Persuasion and Longbourn in the 1995 version of Pride and Prejudice. Return to Bath for a free afternoon. Farewell dinner. Hotel in Bath:  B, D* 
  • Friday, July 20:  Tour ends. Transportation to airport will be provided for participants returning home today. B*
Number 1 Royal Crescent

1 Royal Crescent, Bath


* indicates meals included in tour price. 


“I am fond of superior society.”

Pride and Prejudice