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Hidden Britain Tours

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Address: 28 Chequers Road, Basingstoke RG21 7PU, England
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A wonderful tour, both for Jane Austen fans and those wanting to see historical sites

Phil is a fantastic tour guide - he's incredibly knowledgeable about Jane Austen's life and about the history of the countryside around Basingstoke. My high school friend and I... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Phil is a fantastic tour guide - he's incredibly knowledgeable about Jane Austen's life and about the history of the countryside around Basingstoke. My high school friend and I are fans of Jane Austen, and my boyfriend mostly ignorant of her writings and her life. We all thoroughly enjoyed the tour, as Phil told us a lot of the history... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife and I had the pleasure of being shepherded around the area of Basingstoke with Phil as our guide. The tour was insightful, humorous and tasty (thanks Phil for taking us to the Fur and Feathers). Phil is not only an expert on all things Jane, but his knowledge of the area really made it come alive with wonderful... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2017

Like a previous reviewer I was along for my wife's work trip. I spent a fantastic day with Phil driving around the countryside talking about everything from Medevil graffiti to Hedge construction and thatching to social mannerisms of the past. I had little knowledge of the Austen family beforehand, I do now, but love history of all types and Phil... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017

We had a great few hours together with Phil driving around in his car through the magnificent countryside. He really showed us a large number of gems concerning Jane Austen and the places that were of importance to her. This trip really added to a better understanding of this literary figure.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

I am a great admirer of Jane Austen's books but I knew little about her life. This tour taught me a lot about her and I could see where she got inspiration. I have always liked English countryside and this area is really charming! Preserved almost the same as 200 years ago. Phil, who is the sole person doing this... More 

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Collinsville, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

My wife is a huge Austen fan and I ... well, I watched two of the movies. We both had a splendid time on a deep dive into the world of Jane Austen. It's the perfect day trip away from the Tower and Westminster and St. Paul's, which are all wonderful but half the world is there. Your host, Phil,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

This was a wonderful day of exploring Austen country with very knowledgeable tour guide, Phil Howe. Pricey but well worth it, and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to dig more deeply into the Austen experience.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

Enjoyed personal touring with Phil to see where Jane Austin lived and appreciate the finer points of the nearby countryside and villages. Phil provided a wealth of interesting information about Jane Austin as well as contemporary local color. Would like to return for further personal touring of this type. Enriched my fondness for Jane Austin and English countryside. Enjoyed a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

This tour was amazing and so worth the time! Phil does a wonderful job of showing you not only the life of Jane Austen, but giving you a good feel of the time she lived in. Since it is so personal he is able to take you places that a big tour group would not be able to and frankly,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

The personally guided Jane Austen tour provided by Phil Howe was the BEST tour I have ever taken! I highly recommend it! If you have done nothing more than read one of Jane Austen's novels or seen one of her movies, you will return from Phil's tour as an aspiring "Janeite". Phil is an extraordinary historian, not only of Jane... More 

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PhilHowe, Owner at Hidden Britain Tours, responded to this review

Many thanks for the kind review, it was a wonderful day with good conversations, and that made the day fly by! More 

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