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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:

  • jasignSt. 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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Blaise Castle

 2019

"Seeking Adventures Abroad: 200 Years of Northanger Abbey" 

 
and Optional Tour Extension

"Seeking More Adventures Abroad: Irish Connections" 


Registration Open



Tour Details

Dates

Main Tour:  July 11-20, 2019
Tour Extension:  July 20-24, 2019

Eligibility

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

Registration

Contact tour@jasna.org for registration form and information.

   

Registration is now open for the 2019 JASNA-sponsored tour, "Seeking Adventures Abroad: 200 Years of Northanger Abbey" as well as an optional tour extension "Seeking More Adventures Abroad: Irish Connections." Although Northanger Abbey was published at the very end 1817, we are celebrating the 200th anniversary of the novel on this year's tour.

Main Tour

Join JASNA members for a trip to the towns and countryside most associated with Jane Austen: Steventon, Chawton, Bath, and Winchester. While in Hampshire, see Jane Austen’s House Museum, Chawton House Library, St. Nicholas Church (Steventon), and St. Nicholas Church (Chawton). Visit The Vyne, the home of the Chutes, family friends of the Austens. Attend the Jane Austen Society (UK) Annual General Meeting at Chawton House and a special program at the Hampshire Cultural Trust, where Austen expert Louise West will talk about costume, accessories, and textiles in Jane Austen’s era—including the author's famous silk pelisse and muslins and other items of dress mentioned in Northanger Abbey. 

Spend a day in Lyme Regis. Explore sites associated with Jane Austen and her family in Bath, and see Catherine Morland's Beechen Cliff. Visit the grounds of Blaise Castle, an 18th century folly contemporary with the gothic novels that inspired Catherine Morland, and see the Blaise Castle Museum. 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.

Follow in the fictional footsteps of Catherine Morland and Henry Tilney with a visit to Petty France, tour Stoneleigh Abbey, take a Regency walk in Cheltenham, and visit the Leigh family territory in Adlestrop.

Optional Tour Extension

Extend your JASNA Tour with a visit to Ireland. The itinerary includes film locations used in the 2007 adaptation of Northanger Abbey (shot entirely in Ireland), locations filmed for Becoming Jane, and places that played an important role in the life of Tom Lefroy. Visit Blarney Castle, Lismore Castle, Dublin Castle, Trinity College, Henrietta Street in Dublin, and more. 

See the 2019 Tour Itinerary and Tour Pricing pages for details.

"If adventures will not befall a young lady in her own village, she must seek them abroad"

 Northanger Abbey

Tour Chawton House Lib

JASNA members get a private tour of Chawton House Library.

 



Photos:

•  Fingerpost at Chawton © Unisouth (CC BY-SA 3.0 license)
•  Blaise Castle (Henry Repton)
•  JASNA tour group at Chawton House (Chawton House)

 

2019 Tour Itinerary ›

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

2019 Tour Pricing & Registration ›

Find pricing information and learn how to register. 

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