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:
- St. 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.
Most Recent Tour
Commemorating Jane Austen – 200 Years
Tour Group A: July 9-19
Pre-Tour Add-on: July 7-9 (attend Jane Austen Society's AGM)
Tour Group B: July 17-27
Post-Tour Add-on: July 27-30 (visit Austen-related churches)
Tour participants must be JASNA members. To join, visit our Membership page.
JASNA members took part in a memorable tour of the houses, towns, and cities that shaped Jane Austen’s life and fiction. This year's itinerary included Steventon, Chawton, Bath, and Winchester, as well as locations related to Jane Austen’s family and areas associated with Pride and Prejudice: Derbyshire, the Midlands, and the Peak District. While exploring the Midlands, members stayed in Bakewell and visited Chatsworth House and Lyme Park, locations used to portray Pemberley in the 2005 and 1995 adaptations of the novel, respectively.
A major highlight of the tour was the special Evensong ceremony at Winchester Cathedral to mark the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen's death on July 18. In addition, participants met with the Midlands Branch of the Jane Austen Society and attended a variety of special events and exhibits celebrating Austen's life. See the 2017 Tour Itinerary page for details.
• Fingerpost at Chawton © Unisouth (CC BY-SA 3.0 license)
• Winchester Cathedral © Carol Moss