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Address: 28 Chequers Road, Basingstoke RG21 7PU, England
Phone Number: +44 01256 814222
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Jane Austen Tour-A dream come true

I have loved Jane Austen since I first read "Sense and Sensibility" in middle school. My husband and I took a trip to England, and I knew I needed to go on the tour. The tour did... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
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Norman, Oklahoma
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Norman, Oklahoma
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

I have loved Jane Austen since I first read "Sense and Sensibility" in middle school. My husband and I took a trip to England, and I knew I needed to go on the tour. The tour did not disappoint. Phil, our guide, was kind, engaging and very knowledgable. I loved that he could rattle off quotes from Jane's letters, and... More 

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Hook, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

I wanted to go on this tour to explore the unseen side of Jane Austen's life. I was not disappointed! It is incredible that the place of her birth and where she lived and the church where she worshipped are all still so unspoiled. I felt I was stepping back in time. Phil who runs the tour has a passion... More 

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Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

This was a wonderful day out! A great chance to see Hampshire. I only wish I could see the countryside in spring or summer. Even in March, it was beautiful. Phil was a great tour guide. Communication was easy and Phil met me at the train station as planned. The tour encompasses Jane Austen's birthplace and childhood homes, as well... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

As someone who is not Jane Austen's biggest fan, I was slightly apprehensive about what to expect on this tour. However, the combination of Phil's knowledge and passion for the subject ensured that the day was very enjoyable. As the day finished, I had both a new found knowledge and admiration for Ms. Austen. The combination of the beautiful Hampshire... More 

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Frankfurt, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Such an interesting day we had thanks to Phil! This is an excellent tour whether or not you are a Jane Austen fan. I booked it as a birthday gift to my wife which is a big fan of her and we both had a wonderful day, probably the best one during our London stay.

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

Phil is the best! We had a wonderful day, seeing everything and learning about it all. Don't miss this great experience.

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

Thank you Gayle, and what a great present/day it was! More 

Dunedin, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

I cannot recommend this tour enough. Phil is a most interesting and knowledgeable guide who takes good care of you and has a knack of transporting you into another time and place with his words. A day spent in his company soaking up and revelling in Jane Austen’s history is a day well worth waking up to.

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

Many thanks for the kind review, good fun even in January! More 

Flemington, New Jersey
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

The Jane Austen Tour led by Phil Howe of Hidden Britain Tours was an outstanding tour. I took the tour in October and all the tourists had gone home. Phil provided an in depth look at the life of Jane Austen, her family and friends, where she visited, where she danced, what the countryside looked like in her day. It... More 

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

If, at the end of the day with me, I have inspired people to re-visit Jane Austen's works, I am happy! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

I booked this day out as a surprise for my wife who is a big Jane Austen fan and we brought along our 4 year old child. Honestly I did not know what to expect as to this day I cannot even remember picking up a Jane Austen novel let alone reading one. Phil was extremely helpful from the very... More 

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

What a day indeed! And thank you for the very kind review from one who has never read any of the novels, I hope I put Jane Austen's life into context for you. Phil More 

San Francisco, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Phil of Hidden Britian tours is an excellent guide. We had a wonderful, albeit rainy, atmospheric day touring Jane Austen sites. Great conversation - having grown up in the area, Phil knows the locals and the history behind the current status of many of the Austen country homes and lots of interesting details. I would highly recommend this tour to... More 

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

Thanks for the review! It was a grand day, and the weather behaved itself. More 

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