Lose yourself in Britain's literary past, from London to Stratford upon Avon, Bath to Hampshire, there is so much to explore.
Take a step back into Regency England. Based in Bath, the city Jane made her home and where she set two of her novels, we are perfectly placed to create immersive tours that will give you a real taste of Jane Austen's world.
We work with several high end hotels in Bath and can arrange accommodation at either The Gainsborough (5*), No.15 Great Pulteney (a luxury boutique hotel), The Apex (4*), or The Francis (4*)
Day One: Bath
The tour begins at No.1 Royal Crescent. Decorated and furnished as it would have been between 1776 and 1796, this museum takes you straight back to Georgian England.
We then move on the Fashion Museum, home to a world-class collection of contemporary and historic dress, before stopping for a traditional afternoon tea at the Assembly Rooms. Designed by John Wood the Younger in 1769, this is where Regency high society went to dance, listen to music, play cards and take tea.
After tea, you will be treated to a guided walking tour around beautiful Georgian Bath, stopping at all the key sites including The Circus, Jane's former home at 4 Sydney Place, Great Pulteney Street and Abbey Churchyard, made famous in Northanger Abbey.
We can also arrange for our Jane Austen specialist to join you after dinner at the hotel for a one hour talk on Jane's life and works. (Please note, this talk can take place on night one or night two and is subject to availability.)
Day Two: Hampshire
We begin the day with a visit to the pretty Hampshire village of Steventon where Jane was born, raised and wrote the manuscripts for her first three novels, Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice and Northanger Abbey. The Rectory itself is no longer there, but there is a lime tree – said to have been planted by Jane’s brother James – marking the place where it stood.
We also visit the 12th Century church where she used to listen to her father preach before travelling to Chawton House, home to Jane's brother Edward and a frequent retreat for Jane herself. You will be taken on a guided tour of the house to see the many traces of her time there, including the table she dined at and an alcove in the Oak Room where she liked to sit and read. The visit ends with a delicious buffet lunch.
In 1809 Jane, along with her mother and sister, moved into the bailiff's house five minutes walk away from Chawton House. The house is now home to the Jane Austen House Museum. This charming recreation of the Austen women’s home and garden not only offers an insight into their domestic life, it also gives visitors the chance to see the desk where Jane wrote Mansfield Park, Emma and Persuasion.
Follow in the footsteps of the world’s most famous wizard in this magical, 10 day Harry Potter film locations tour. We take you from Kings Cross Station to Edinburgh’s Greyfriar’s Kirk, via the Warner Bros Harry Potter studios and Christ Church College Oxford. We have arranged several specialist guided tours, so you are guaranteed to discover plenty of fascinating and unexpected new facts.
Day One - The Tour Begins
We will pick you up from your London arrival point and take you to your hotel
Day Two - Walking Tour of Harry Potter's London
Travelling by tube, you will visit the following key locations:
Kings Cross Station, home to platform 9¾ where students of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry catch the Hogwarts Express. Look out for the trolley embedded in the wall on the station concourse.
St Pancras Station where Harry and Ron parked their Ford Anglia in Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets.
The Reptile House at London Zoo where Harry first discovers his gift for talking with snakes.
Tottenham Court Road, location of the Luchino Caffe where Harry, Ron and Hermione were forced to make a quick escape from Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour's wedding.
Millennium Bridge, the London landmark that was destroyed by Fenrir Greyback and a small group of Death Eaters
Leaden Hall Market, the setting for Diagon Alley in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. The entrance to wizard's pub, the Leaky Cauldron, can be found in Bull's Head Passage.
Day Three - The Making of Harry Potter Studio Tour
Today we take you to the Warner Bros Studios just outside London to see where the Harry Potter films were made. Step onto iconic sets like the Great Hall, see the costumes, learn how the magical creatures were brought to life and spot your favourite props.
Day Four - Edinburgh
We take the train to the Scottish capital, birthplace of Harry Potter
Day Five - The Hogwarts Express
We travel to Fort William to catch the Jacobite steam train, used as the Hogwarts Express, to Mallaig. This 84 mile journey widely is regarded as one of the most spectacular in the world.
We will return to Edinburgh by private coach
Day Six - A Magical Walking Tour of Edinburgh
A specialist guide will join us to explore the sites that inspired JK Rowling. We will visit the cafes where she wrote the novels, Greyfriar's Kirk to see the characters' headstones and Victoria Street, thought to have been the inspiration for Diagon Alley.
Day Seven - Durham
Today we travel by private coach to Durham to visit the Cathedral and the Castle. The Cathedral's elegant cloisters became the snow-covered quadrangle where Harry sets the owl flying in the first film, and were also the setting for Ron’s slug vomiting scene in the Chamber of Secrets. Professor McGonagall taught the young wizards to turn animals into water goblets in the Cathedral Chapter House.
Day Eight - Malfoy Manor
We leave Durham by coach for Oxford, stopping at Hardwick Hall near Chesterfield on the way. This 16th century stately home was used as the location for the sinister Malfoy Manor in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
We will continue on to Oxford after a tour of the house.
Day Nine - Oxford
Oxford University’s famous Bodleian Library starred in three of the Harry Potter films. We will be taken on a guided tour of both the medieval Duke Humfrey's Library, used as the Hogwarts library, and the elaborate fan-vaulted Divinity School which became Hogwarts infirmary.
We will also be treated to a guided tour of Christ Church University to see the stairway that appeared in Harry Potter and Philosopher's Stone, the Great Hall and the cloisters.
There will also be time to explore the city at your leisure.
Day 10 - Gloucester Cathedral and Lacock
We travel to Gloucester in the morning to visit the magnificent Cathedral. The historic cloisters were transformed into the corridors of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in both Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.The scene where Harry and Ron hid from the troll was also filmed here.
Our final visit is to the picturesque village of Lacock. The ancient Abbey and its cloisters were transformed into Hogwarts classrooms and it was also used for Harry's discovery of the Mirror of Erised.
We will then go on to London by private coach
Day 11 - Tour ends in London