Jane Austen

A life in Hampshire

Discover her countryside, discover the author. Explore the picturesque villages that Jane Austen knew, the site of her birthplace and her father's church at Steventon.

See the country houses where she danced, fell in and out of love, and trace the people she mentions in her letters, in memorials, in village churches and in a landscape remarkably unchanged since the 1770's.

Her popularity is as great as ever, witnessed by the exhibitions, performances, displays, lectures and a bronze sculpture of her unveiled in the Market Square in Basingstoke.


Downton Abbey Tour

Visit the real Downton Abbey, Highclere Castle, home of the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon, with Hampshire Ambassador, Phil Howe.

Just 45 minutes from London Waterloo, Hidden Britain Tours can pick you up from Basingstoke's local hotels or railway station and take you on a short journey through some of England's most attractive countryside, explaining the beautiful Hampshire landscape as you go.


New Forest Guided Walks & Tours

Either walk or be driven, (or a combination of both), to discover the New Forest with a personal guide. Over the last five years we have developed these walks and tours and we are passionate about sharing our knowledge of the forest.

All walks are risk assessed and graded as gentle, we tailor our walks to suit you, exploratory ambles rather than route marches, we stop and explain the landscape, and in just a few hours you will leave less of a stranger, more as a friend of the forest.