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Jane Austen tours including Bath

Hello! I am looking for information on tours tracing Jane Austen's life and travels and/or movies based on her books, ending (or beginning) with the Jane Austen Festival in Bath which is held every September.
Thanks!

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I would recommend you visit Hampshire which was of course Austen's home for most of her life.
Her house at Chawton is now a museum and also her brother's house in the village is now Chawton House Library which holds much early women's writing of Jane's period or before. Again this is open to the public. Both have excellent websites. Here is the one about her house
http://www.jane-austens-house-museum.org.uk/
Winchester is worth visiting in its own right as well as having both her grave in the cathedral and the house in which she died. As you probably know she grew up in Steventon near Basingstoke and the church in the village can be visited although the house she grew up in was demolished.
There was a company that ran tours around Hampshire with a Jane Austen theme but I am not sure if they are still running.

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I have passed by the house in Winchester where Jane Austen lived for a while. It is not open to the public and in fact has a sign in the window, sternly saying "This is a private house!"

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Thanks for the information. I'm also looking for a guided tour that would trace her life to Bath. Does anyone know of a tour company doing something like this?

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Besty, I hope that you are looking forward to the promenade through Bath in Regency dress. My wife is a member of JASNA and we stayed in Bath for 5 days in September a couple of years ago so that she could participate in lots of JA events. She made all of her Regency clothing including the dress, spencer, bonnet and ridicule (purse). Their promenade group broke the Guinness World Record for the largest group of people in Regency dress in one place. The Guinness people were there and recorded each person entering a large building at the end of the promenade. I believer there were just over 400 people. We stayed at Three Abbey Green which is a B&B about 500' from the Roman Baths. Just great. I was not in Regency dress so I took pictures. We also visited Winchester Cathedral to see where Jane Austen is buried. We did have a rental car so in the spare time, we did take day trips to Stourhead Gardens, Castle Coombe, Lacock and other places. In the evening, you must do the Bizarre Bath Comedy Walk and you must have dinner at Sally Lunn's Tea House & Restaurant. The restaurant is in the former house of Sally Lunn which is reportedly the oldest house in Bath. Sally Lunn's is about 400' from the Three Abbey Green B&B. For us, it was a great 5 days.

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Larry- this is EXACTLY what I want to do! Thanks so much for the details. I will also check out the tour groups.

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Larry- this is EXACTLY what I want to do! Thanks so much for the details. I will also check out the tour groups.

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Betsy,

I'm doing similar research on a day trip to Chawton from London. You may want to check out Hidden Britain tours (haven't taken any of the tours, but they get rave reviews on Trip Advisor) or Special Group Tours which runs (or at least sells the tours) day trips that include some combination of Bath, Winchester, Chawton, and Lacock on either Tuesdays or Thursdays.