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Discover the Romance of Jane Austen

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The novels of Jane Austen are as popular as ever and many people around the world have been inspired by the recent movies based on her books. It is possible to visit many of the sites associated with the author, her books and the movies as part of our Jane Austen Tour.



Starting out

A good place to start is the tiny hamlet of Steventon where Jane grew up whilst her father preached in the pretty church there. Not far away is Chawton and here you can visit Jane Austen’s house, full of interesting artefacts and displays. A short walk away is the beautiful church where Jane’s mother and sister are buried.

The magnificent city of Winchester, associated with Alfred the Great and where King Arthur’s Round Table is displayed, is the final resting place of Jane Austen. Here you can visit the enormous Norman Cathedral where she lies.

Bath

Many people will want to visit Bath, lovely city which features in several of her novels and most notably in Northanger Abbey. You can stay in the Royal Crescent hotel overlooking the city, visit the Jane Austen Centre and enjoy the many fine restaurants and boutique shops. Nearby is the village of Lacock, a perfectly preserved village owned by the National Trust. Used as Meryton in the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice, this ancient village has many interesting sites including an Abbey lived in by Henry Fox Talbot, the man who discovered the negative photographic process and a 12th Century tithe barn.

Travelling northwards

Moving on to the Peak District National Park, you see one of the country’s finest stately homes at Chatsworth, home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. This was the house Jane Austen modelled Pemberley on and this house is used as such in the recent Pride and Prejudice movie. You can also visit Lyme Park which was used in the BBC adaptation of the same novel.

A tour of the sites associated with Jane Austen can therefore include a wide range of the best villages, cities, stately homes and landscapes in England.

Our Jane Austen Tour is one of our many Literature and Movie Tours. If you are interested in creating your own tour, complete the enquiry form



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