Itinerary Highlights & Schedule

(Tentative as of January 2013)

Celebrating 200 Years of Pride and Prejudice
A Pathfinders Tour
July 14-25, 2013

Lyme Park, Cheshire, Photo © Iris Lutz

Sunday, July 14: Join other tour participants at the designated hotel for early departure the next day.  Get acquainted at dinner in the hotel restaurant.  Hotel near Heathrow Airport; D*

Monday, July 15: Depart for the Midlands in a deluxe motor coach and visit the charming town of Stamford, which served as Meryton in the 2005 Pride and Prejudice film.  Continue to Hamstall Ridware, Staffordshire, to visit the church of Jane Austen’s cousin, the Rev. Edward Cooper, whom she visited for several weeks in the summer of 1806.  Proceed to Derbyshire and check into the hotel.  Tour Welcome Dinner held this evening.  Hotel in Buxton; B, D*

Tuesday, July 16: Travel through the Peak District countryside to Lyme Park, the great house used as the exterior of Pemberley in the 1995 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice.  Afterwards, explore the village of Longnor, which stood in for Lambton in the same film.  Hotel in Buxton; B*

    Jane Austen’s House Museum (Chawton Cottage)
Photo © Allan Soedring
Wednesday, July 17: Visit the town of Bakewell, then take a guided tour of Chatsworth House (Pemberley in the 2005 Pride and Prejudice film).  Over tea at Chatsworth, meet members of the Midlands branch of the UK Jane Austen Society for a discussion of the places that may have been an inspiration for Pemberley.  Hotel in Buxton; B, Tea*

Thursday, July 18: Travel south to Stoneleigh Abbey, Warwickshire, the great house of the Leigh family that Jane visited in 1806.  Enjoy a special Jane Austen guided tour of the house and costume exhibition.  Continue to Winchester via Adlestrop, home of a branch of the Leigh family.  Hotel in Winchester; B, D*

Friday, July 19: Enjoy a short walking tour of Winchester, then travel to Steventon, Jane Austen’s birthplace.  Visit St. Nicholas Church, where she was baptized.  Parishioners will talk about Steventon “then and now.”  Continue on to Chawton village for private tours of Jane Austen’s House Museum and Chawton House Library (once the home of Edward Austen Knight).  Meet in the evening with Hampshire members of the Jane Austen Society.  Hotel in Winchester; B*

    JASNA Memorial Ceremony at Jane Austen’s Grave
Photo © Lauraleen O’Connor
Saturday, July 20: Take part in a ceremony at the grave of Jane Austen in Winchester Cathedral, then walk to 8 College Street, where she died.  Return to the grounds of Chawton House Library to attend the AGM of the Jane Austen Society, including a lecture and tea.  You may also attend evensong at St. Nicholas Church.  Hotel in Winchester; B, Tea*

Sunday, July 21: Day includes a short visit to the Close of Salisbury Cathedral and a tour of Wilton House, Wiltshire, which was used for interior scenes of Pemberley in the 2005 Pride and Prejudice film.  Enroute to Bath, visit the village of Lacock, which served as Meryton in the 1995 Pride and Prejudice adaptation.  Hotel in Bath; B, D*

Monday, July 22: Take a guided walking tour of the city of Bath, including the exteriors of homes where Jane Austen lived.  Visit the Pump Room, Number 1 Royal Crescent, the Jane Austen Centre, and the Assembly Rooms (with tea).  Hotel in Bath; B, Tea*

Tuesday, July 23: Free day to explore Bath further.  Attend a private Regency Evening supper with Austen-themed entertainment in an elegant Bath townhouse.  Hotel in Bath; B, D*

Wednesday, July 24: Travel to Brighton to tour the ornate Royal Pavilion and explore the locations of campgrounds used by the militia during the Napoleonic Wars.  After some free time in Brighton, continue to a lovely country-house hotel in Sussex for the final night of the tour and Farewell Dinner.  Hotel near Uckfield, Sussex; B, D*

Thursday, July 25: After breakfast, transportation will be provided to Heathrow and Gatwick airports.  Those flying home on this day should book a flight departing no earlier than 11:00 AM.  Arrangements for extending your stay in London can also be made through Pathfinders. B*

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