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Hidden Britain Tours

28 Chequers Road, Basingstoke RG21 7PU, England
+44 01256 814222
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Ranked #1 of 5 Activities in Basingstoke
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours
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English first
London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

I booked this tour for my mother’s birthday as she has always been a Jane Austen fan. I had recently read Pride and Prejudice, which was the only Austen work I was familiar with as I had previously seen the film. The tour was excellent, I can’t recommend it enough. If you are a hard core fan as my mum... More

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Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Here is just a few reasons why you should go on this tour with Phil: He quotes Jane's letters from memory at most of the sites. The pace is relaxed; you never feel rushed. You get driven on the back roads and really get a feel for the area and a deeper understanding of who and what Jane wrote about.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

We recommend Phil and his Jane Austen tour highly and without reservation. Phil was punctual, informative, witty, knowledgeable and friendly. We loved seeing the countryside of Jane Austen's life. Our teenage daughter even stopped texting.

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Union, New Jersey, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Having planned a vacation centered around places relating to Jane Austen, my daughter and I considered this to be a great find! The tour exceeded the high expectations we had for the day. Phil is an expert on the area, Jane Austen, and the history her time, which we were exploring. The weather was fine, the countryside beautiful, and the... More

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Gladewater, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We enjoy going on tours when we travel, but the Jane Austen Dancing Years Tour with Phil Howe is hands down the best tour we have ever taken. Phil is not only an expert in the history and landscape of Jane Austen country, but he is also passionate about the subject. We were a bit apprehensive about a private tour,... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We had an absolutely wonderful time, exploring the Jane Austen country with great help from Phil, who is a truly expert guide. We are particularly grateful to him for giving us a vivid understanding of the English landscape of Austen's day, and much detailed information about her daily life. He gave us plenty of time at the Austen Museum, enabling... More

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Lehi, Utah
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

We had the privilege of going on the Jane Austen tour with Phil and it was a delightful day. It was good to have the real truth about England's history.

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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We had a fantastic day being driven around the glorious Hampshire countryside with our extremely knowledgeable and lovely guide Phil. He collected us from the train at the Basingstoke and off we went for a day immersed in the life and writings of Jane Austen. We were lucky to get a lovely sunny day and the countryside was just lovely,... More

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Alma, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

The ride to Basingstoke was very easy, and once there the tour was fantastic. Phil brings to life the settings of Jane's life (even when the building is no longer there) and writings. This was the best guided tour I had in the 10 days in and around London. He brings Jane to life in a place that has not... More

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Pasadena, California
3 reviews 3 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Phil resurrects Jane Austen's Hampshire as he invites you to imagine the fields and places she visited as they might have looked during her time (and that being said, it really hasn't changed that much!). Phil is a wonderful person and guide -- truly an academic with a treasure trove of knowledge and insight into Austen's world. But he's also... More

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