See Jane's Cottage home and Winchester, her final home, including Winchester Cathedral
Tuesdays; 09:00 - approx 18:30 (year round departures)
Explore inspirations and where Jane completed most of her most famous works
Experience for yourself the countryside that inspired Jane Austen to pen some of the English language's greatest novels. Visit her cottage home at Chawton, now open as a museum. It was in this quaint village that Jane spent the majority of her later years and where she wrote or completed most of her most famous works, Sense & Sensibility and Pride & Prejudice amongst others. Once inside the house, be immersed in her world. See the village itself and the cottage gardens that Jane and her sister lovingly tended.
Enjoy a guided walking tour of Winchester, the original Saxon capital of England, an introduction to the general highlights including the 'King Arthur' connections and England's oldest public schools. You'll also have some free time to explore as you choose.
Pay your respects at Jane Austen's final resting place inside Winchester Cathedral and discover its over 1000 years of history, one of the largest Gothic cathedrals in Europe. Here you can also see the Morley Library, a beautiful 17th-century collection of rare books, and the 12th century Winchester Bible.
Weekly scheduled departures, subject to availability. Available for private departures day/date of your choice, subject to vehicle/driver/guide availability, for the appropriate private tour cost. Cost for private departures based on number in the party/size of the vehicle.
Oft imitated, never duplicated! This is an original SGT itinerary, property of Special Group Tours and to be used only with express permission/in conjunction with SGT.
Personal services of your SGT driver/guide/companion
Entrance fees to Jane Austen's Chawton Cottage Museum and Winchester Cathedral
DEPARTURE POINT: Novotel Hammersmith, 1 Shortlands, London W6 (approx 5 minutes walk from Hammersmith tube station/District & Piccadilly lines; Mall/King Street exit, go right out of the station onto Hammersmith Rd then right onto Shortlands)
DEPARTURE TIME: 09:00
We are happy to assist with your overall holiday plans to UK/Europe if you wish. Please ask us for details. SGT is at your service!
All scheduled day trips go out weekly with a minimum of 2 guests per travel date. Also available any day/date for private departures, subject to vehicle and driver/guide availability. Private departures cost will depend on how many in your party/size of vehicle.
SGT DAY TRIPS Year Round Departures (Saturdays, as noted)
MONDAYS Shakespeare Country: Stratford-Upon-Avon & Cotswolds Villages...including Downton Abbey villages
TUESDAYS Jane Austen’s Hampshire: Chawton & Winchester
WEDNESDAYS Jane Austen’s Bath & Lacock
THURSDAYS Cambridge & IWM Duxford RAF Aviation Museum
FRIDAYS London Antiques Markets & Globe Theatre
SATURDAYS ‘Garden of England’ Sampler: Sissinghurst & Great Dixter (April - September)
SATURDAYS Heroes of WWII: Royal Air Force & Codebreakers of Bletchley Park (October - March)
SUNDAYS Royal Gardens/Winter Hothouse Gardens: Kew & RHS Wisley
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