Tour Itinerary & Schedule

Celebrating 200 Years of Mansfield Park
A Pathfinders Tour
July 17-26, 2014

(Tentative as of January 2014)

Jane Austen Writing Table
Jane Austen’s writing table
Jane Austen’s House Museum, Chawton

Thursday, July 17: Join JASNA members in the morning at a designated Heathrow airport hotel for the start of the tour.  Depart for the village of Steventon, Jane Austen’s birthplace, in a deluxe motor coach and visit St. Nicholas Church, where she was baptized.  Parishioners will talk about Steventon “then and now.”  Visit the gardens of nearby Ashe House, home of Jane Austen’s friend Madam Anne Lefroy.  Stop for lunch at the Wheatsheaf Inn, where Jane Austen often picked up the family’s mail.  Continue to Winchester for an orientation to the city and hotel check-in.  A Welcome Dinner will be held this evening.  Hotel in Winchester; L, D*

Friday, July 18: Take part in a morning ceremony at Jane Austen’s grave in Winchester Cathedral, then tour 8 College Street, where she died.  Travel to Chawton village for a tour of Jane Austen’s House Museum and an exhibit featuring her turquoise ring, which was recently acquired by the museum.  Visit Chawton House Library, once the home of Jane’s brother Edward Austen Knight, for a tour and special exhibition on the work of Elizabeth Inchbald, who wrote Lovers’ Vows.  Meet in the evening with members of the Hampshire branch of the Jane Austen Society.  Hotel in Winchester; B*

The Cobb
The Cobb at Lyme Regis.
(photo © Iris Lutz)

Saturday, July 19: On an excursion to Portsmouth, visit the Historic Dockyard and Maritime Museum, the site of the former Royal Naval College where Frank and Charles Austen received their naval training.  Tour Admiral Nelson’s flagship, the HMS Victory, and Henry VIII’s warship, the Mary Rose.  Visit Old Portsmouth, the 18th-century section of the town and the early home of Fanny Price.  Hotel in Winchester; B*

Sunday, July 20: En route to Bath, stop in Lyme Regis on the seacoast of Dorset to walk on the Cobb and explore the small town.  Continue to Bath for a short introduction to the city, hotel check-in, and group dinner.  Hotel in Bath; B, D*

Monday, July 21: Tour Bath with special stops at Austen-related sites, including Walcot Church, where Rev. George Austen is buried, the Jane Austen Centre, and the Pump Room.  Hotel in Bath; B*

Tuesday, July 22: Continue your exploration of Bath with the Assembly Rooms, the Gravel Walk, and No. 1 Royal Crescent, a Georgian townhouse museum.  After some free time in the afternoon, enjoy a Regency Evening with dinner and period entertainment in an elegant Bath townhouse.  Hotel in Bath; B, D*

Cottesbrooke
Cottesbrooke Hall, Northamptonshire.

Wednesday, July 23: Tour Stoneleigh Abbey, Warwickshire, the great house of the Leigh family, which Jane visited in 1806 and which is thought by many to be an inspiration for Sotherton Court.  Journey into Northamptonshire, the location of Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park, and visit Cottesbrooke Hall, thought by some to be a possible inspiration for the Bertram estate.  Proceed to Stamford, check into the hotel, and enjoy a group dinner and an evening stroll through the old town that served as Meryton in the 2005 Pride and Prejudice adaptation.  Hotel in Stamford; B, D*

Thursday, July 24: Visit Kirby Hall, the historic house that stood in for Mansfield Park in the 1999 adaptation written and directed by Patricia Rozema.  Then travel south to London for an introductory tour of the city, with special reference to places mentioned in the novel.  Visit the National Portrait Gallery to see Cassandra Austen’s famous drawing of her sister; then check into the hotel.  Hotel in London; B*

Friday, July 25: Start the day at the British Library and see Jane Austen’s writing desk and manuscripts; then continue to Knightsbridge to explore the Victoria and Albert Museum, one of the world’s greatest collections of applied art and craftsmanship.  After some free time in the afternoon, gather for a Farewell Dinner in Covent Garden near the site of Henry Austen’s house.  Hotel in London; B, D*

Saturday, July 26: Tour ends.  Transportation will be provided to Heathrow and Gatwick airports for participants departing on this day.  Arrangements for extending your stay in London can also be made through Pathfinders.  B*

*B, L, and D indicate meals included in the tour price.