Jane Austen - The Dancing Years

South Downs National Park

The experience

A cultural experience exploring the life of the world-famous author, Jane Austen. Visit her birthplace, the “cradle of her genius”, and the church where her father was rector. Trace the people mentioned in her letters in beautiful Hampshire villages and churches. See the country houses where she danced. An expert guide will bring to life the 18th Century world that formed her as a girl, young woman and author. Enjoy lunch in a traditional country inn and then visit the Jane Austen House Museum at Chawton where she spent her last years.

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  • Professional guided tour of north Hampshire, where Jane Austen spent her formative years
  • Discover the social & cultural history of the 1700s and the context in which Austen wrote
  • Excellent country pub lunch

The detail

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7 hours

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Group size

1-5 people. Larger groups can be catered for with advance notice.

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Cost per person

£125 per person based on a group of 4 sharing.

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Fitness level

Low - Moderate.

Parking Facilities

Parking available at Basingstoke train station, charges apply.

Refreshments and meals

Lunch not included.

Special equipment needed

Suitable footwear and clothing for the weather conditions.


All year round.

Accessibility considerations and facilities

Guests need to be able to walk short distances.


Intermediate English required to fully appreciate the experience.

Group information

  • Tour operator rate
  • Ad hoc group rate
  • Tour series rate
South Downs

South Downs National Park

Known as the ‘gateway to England’, this landscape of rolling hills, ancient woodland and picture perfect villages holds the secrets of thousands of years of settlement from prehistory to Caesar’s conquering forces.