Hidden Britain Tours
Hidden Britain Tours
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Jane Austen Tours. Exclusive one day guided tour of where Jane Austen spent her first twenty five years. See the places where she danced, fell in love and the quiet valley where she wrote her first three novels. Trace the people she mentions in her letters in ancient village churches, lunch in a country inn and visit the house where she spent her last eight years, the Jane Austen House Museum at Chawton. Other Hampshire tours offered. A brilliant day out of London
Basingstoke, Hampshire, England

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Travellers' Choice
2023

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Jane G
1 contribution
Jan 2024 • Family
We had such a great time! Phil was very friendly and informative, and had lots of great stories! He took us to a lot of really interesting places that we never would’ve been able to find on our own. Side bonus is that it’s a wonderful glimpse into the English countryside. Would recommend to anyone who likes Jane Austen! We all learned so much, and left the tour with a greater appreciation for not only Jane Austen, but the entire Austen family.
Written 4 January 2024
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Kathy M
Sugar Land, TX.25 contributions
Jul 2023 • Solo
I went on this tour with Phil in 2022 and I highly recommend it. He was extremely informed on Jane Austen and more than happy to answer all my questions. He brought me to all of the fascinating Jane Austen sites and explained about them in detail, allowing ample time in each spot. This is an absolute MUST for Jane Austen fans!
Written 7 December 2023
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echappen
Chicago, IL6 contributions
Jun 2023
As a foreigner, I don’t think I could’ve seen Hampshire and its Jane Austen sites any other way than through a tour like this. Most of the Austen sites are not touristy in the slightest, like the site of her childhood home (which no longer stands) and her father’s chapel in Steventon. So it was invaluable to have a guide who lives and works in the area (and knows how to drive on those narrow country roads!) to help us understand the significance of what we were looking at.

Phil was a wealth of information about all sorts of topics: the geology of this part of England, chapel “graffiti,” general British history and culture, things that Austen would have understood in her time. This really enriched the experience. Phil recommended reading the book, “Jane Austen: A Life” by Claire Tomalin before going on the tour, and I would also recommend doing so, for the same purpose.

This was the first tour we did after arriving in England. Thank you, Phil, for the wonderful introduction to the country!
Written 15 June 2023
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I hope the tour helped you understand the rest of your adventures in the UK. The pre-reading certainly helps as the tour makes the book come alive.
Written 8 October 2023
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joan w
Mountain View, CA7 contributions
Jun 2023 • Friends
This was my second time taking this personal tour of Jane Austen's birthplace - the first was 10 years ago - and I recommend taking it a second time (as well as a first). We did the full-day tour; new locations were added, and additional research by Phil made it even more updated and in-depth. The tour ended at Jane Austen's cottage in Chawton, with a trip to the larger Chawton House nearby.

Always personable, knowledgeable, and friendly, Phil's insights into Regency (and earlier) Hampshire county were as educational as they were entertaining. You don't have to be a Jane Austen expert to enjoy the history and gossip surrounding the life she lived in this lovely area of England.
Written 7 June 2023
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Many thanks for the return visit, good company as ever and good conversation!
Written 8 October 2023
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Jon B
1 contribution
Mar 2023
The Jane Austen tour was a "special" birthday present for my wife. We went with my two daughters. Absolutely brilliant. Phil is not only extremely knowledgeable but also really excellent company. Jane Austen is my wife's favourite author and it was wonderful seeing and learning about the places where she spent the early years of her life. I also never realised Hampshire is such a beautiful county.
Written 30 March 2023
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Thank you for the review, and I am glad to have shown off a bit of Hampshire to you all.
Written 8 October 2023
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Deb C
6 contributions
Dec 2022
Wish there was an extra Gold Star to give to this tour. We cannot recommend it highly enough! Not only did Phil bring Jane Austen to life for us, he gave us a day immersed in the English countryside past and present! Travelling around Hampshire with Phil was like visiting with an old friend. Within minutes we were laughing and learning, sharing stories, and exploring any question that came to mind. Cap it off with the best meal of our entire week at a local Free House and I cannot wait to join Phil again.
Written 6 December 2022
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Thank you for the gold star! Sadly the Fur & Feathers has now ceased trading which is a big loss as the food was wonderful. They deserved gold stars too.
Written 8 October 2023
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LittleyVagabond
Philadelphia, PA6 contributions
Oct 2022 • Friends
We had an absolute delight spending the day with Phil, and learning not only all about Jane Austen but also about the detailed structure of English villages and their complex social history. It was such a  fun day,  and Phil was both informative and led conversations with ease. For the rest of our trip in Great Britain we were able to reference a lot of what he discussed with us,  and he gave some great details for other tours we would be doing later on.

This tour would be interesting to everyone,  even those that are not huge Jane Austen fans. Driving around these small and hidden country roads would not be easy as a tourist;  not to mention,  one wouldn't even know what to look for!   However,  with a regional expert like Phil it's something anyone can experience. We highly recommend this tour to anyone interested in Jane Austen and historical aspects to English villages
Written 30 October 2022
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One of the joys of that day was the quick wit and repartee that took place between you, which made for a day of smiles and giggles. I am so pleased to hear that I could help put the rest of your tour in context, and I hope you had a wonderful time in Scotland.
Written 31 October 2022
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Jack C
3 contributions
Sept 2022
This was an exceptional experience. Phil is an incredibly intelligent, entertaining, and friendly person, and he knows just about anything an avid Austen fan could want to know. His tour exceeds expectations in terms of both the amount of places visited and information learned about the life of one of the world's most beloved novelist.
Written 30 September 2022
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Thank you for the kind review, and using the phrase, "exceptional experience". There is no other organization that offers anything similar!
Written 20 October 2022
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Annie
Newnan, GA1 contribution
Sept 2022 • Friends
Phil did an amazing job bringing Jane Austen to life. My mother, sister, and I thoroughly enjoyed learning about the people who were closest to her, the houses and churches where she spent her time, and history of the region and its peoples. Phil treated us like old friends and we felt comfortable from the start. His knowledge of the area, both current and historical, educated and entertained us. Lunch at the Fir and Feathers was delicious and he even made sure we got on the right train at the end of our tour. We highly recommend this tour to all ladies who love Jane and to any single men in possession of a good fortune and in want of an accomplished wife.
Written 29 September 2022
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We all had so much fun that day! The conversations were good as was the company, there was much laughter, always a good indicator of enjoyment. Here I can offer a new compound word, "edutainment", which is what I hope to achieve on the tour. Lunch is always an important part of the day and I will pass your kind comments on to the Fur & Feathers.
Written 20 October 2022
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dacanepa
Colorado7 contributions
Aug 2022
Book this tour! Phil was the perfect guide/host/driver on this particular Jane Austen tour out of London. "Professor" Phil is super knowledgeable and loves conversing and sharing the ideas, connections, assumptions and facts around the life of Jane Austen. The tour took us into the beautiful Hampshire countryside to enjoy quaint roadways, parks and villages. Seeing Chawton was on our TO DO LIST and it made us want start rereading a Jane Austen classic.
Written 24 September 2022
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The Jane Austen tour is a great antidote to days in London. It's a relaxing driven tour of the Hampshire countryside exploring so much in such a short time, quaint roadways and all. We go off the beaten track and explore villages and especially churches, little pockets of history often pre- dating 1066 and all with links to Jane Austen.
Written 20 October 2022
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