Jane Austen Tour
Jane's birth village, Jane Austen’s House, and her final resting place in Winchester
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 via Alton (Jane's local town) 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. Also visit Chawton House, owned by Jane's brother Edward. A fine Elizabethan Manor house - see the table where Jane Austen dined with her family and artefacts such as her brother Edward's suit and travel journal. House and/or garden tours available.
See also Chawton Church where Jane Austen’s mother and Jane’s sister are buried.
There is a café and a pub in the village for refreshments, or try The Old Kitchen Tearoom at Chawton House.
Winchester was Anglo Saxon capital of Wessex and is home to one of the oldest cathedrals in England where Jane is buried. There is a traditonal High Street with some notable old buildings. 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 – 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) (entry: 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)
- Transportation by luxury air conditioned minibus or mini coach
- Bottles of water and soft drinks for journey
Travel to Alton via back roads giving a feel for the countryside that Jane knew.
Travel to Chawton to arrive 11:30
Depart Chawton at 2pm for Winchester
Depart Winchester 5pm and return to pick up point.
Price: £500 per day for up to 16 passengers