Godmersham Park and Box Hill
Tour starts at 10am from Chilham railway station.
Godmersham was home to Edward Knight, we will see the exterior and visit the Heritage Centre where the diaries of Fanny Knight are on display. We can also visit the St Lawrence the Martyr Church, and see the memorials of Thomas Knight and his Family or walk the North Downs Way to neighbouring Chilham, with its historic square, used in Jane Austen’s Emma 2008. You will have lunch here (not included).
After lunch you will go on to Box Hill, where Emma had her disastrous picnic, to see the views that are still evident to this day.
You will have the opportunity for refreshments at the end of the tour.
Tour ends at Box Hill and Westhumble railway station.
Regency Brighton and London
Tour starts at 10am from Brighton railway station.
You will have a half day visit to Regency Brighton led by members of the Regency Society, and visiting the places frequented by the Prince Regent.
After lunch (not included) you will travel into London and visit the National Portrait Gallery with the must-see portrait of Jane and Regency portraits in surrounding rooms (Byron, Scott, Mary Wollstonecraft).
Tour ends at your London hotel.
Jane Austen’s Regency London
Tour starts at 10am from your London hotel.
This tour will see you visiting the British Library, and see Jane’s writing desk, plus some of the original manuscripts of Jane’s ‘History of England’. You will have the chance for refreshments here (included).
Also included today is a visit to Poets’ Corner in Westminster Abbey to see Jane Austen’s commemorative plaque, plus you will see the places where Henry Austen lived, go to Gracechurch Street and walk around a fashionable Regency area in London.
Your day ends either at a mainline London station or a return to your hotel.
Stoneleigh Abbey and Oxford
Tour starts at 10am from Oxford railway station.
This tour will take in the Bodleian Library in Oxford to view the priceless original manuscripts on display there.You will have lunch here (not included) before travelling onwards to Stoneleigh. This was one of the homes of the Leigh family where Jane and the Austens were frequent visitors.
Stoneleigh Abbey was built as a Cistercian monastery in 1154 and was converted at the Dissolution of the Monasteries, into a family home. It is a Grade 1 listed building, with a rich history waiting to be discovered!
You will have the chance of refreshments here at the end of the tour.
Tour ends at Stoneleigh Park Railway Station for your onward/homeward journey.