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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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Portland, Oregon
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66 reviews 66 reviews
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Phil was one of the best guides we've ever had in all of our travels abroad. He was clearly the expert on as he puts it the "cradle of Jane Austin's genius". This is a tour for both Jane Austin fans and those interested in learning about the period and seeing the beautiful Hampshire countryside. Everyone in your family doesn't... More

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Taupo, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

There's nothing better than being taken individually into the Hampshire countryside, exploring places that Jane lived, danced and socialised. Phil's knowledge of Jane Austen's (and neighbouring families') letters helped to make each place come alive for me. He was great company and generous with his time and knowledge. Having a delicious cheese souffle and beer lunch at the Fur and... More

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Phil is a friendly and knowledgeable guide. This is definitely a great tour for fans of Jane Austen. There is a great balance of driving and walking around places of interest. It is an intimate, private tour which allows for great discussions among your fellow travelers and Jane Austen fans.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

As an avid Jane Austen fan and self-proclaimed hopeless romantic, I was ecstatic to be going on a Jane Austen tour to learn even more about the woman who wrote my favorite book of all time. The whole experience with Phil greatly exceeded all of my expectations for the day. He is incredibly knowledgeable about the area, the Victorian and... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

My 2 friends and I had a terrific day with Phil because: He quotes Jane's letters from memory at most of the sites. The pace is relaxed; we never felt rushed. He takes you on the back roads; at times you think "Jane walked here!" He's an entertaining and articulate conversationalist. We loved his choice for lunch, a beautifully restored... More

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Pasadena, California
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

If you are a fan of Jane Austen, a most enjoyable day-trip from London to Hampshire may just be the ticket. We recently did just that with the expert guidance of Mr. Phil Howe of Hidden Britain Tours, spending a delightful day exploring all things Jane. Mr. Howe met us at the exit to the Basingstoke train station, loaded us... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

The "Jane Austen Tour" with Phil was not only fun but full of interesting facts about Ms Austen, her family and friends. We saw beautiful places and heard great stories. Thanks for that and the book recommendations Phil, we had a great time!!

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Olive Branch, Mississippi
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Spent the day with Phil seeing, hearing and learning about all the Jane Austen sites! We have been to England a number of times, but this day was like going back to the 19th century and seeing it thru her eyes. Phil is fun, informative and interesting. Truly one of the best things we have ever done on a trip!... More

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Livermore, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

I hunted high and low for a literary tour that would highlight the life of Jane Austen. There was just not much out there! Or the costs associated with the tours was not what I was willing to pay or was not the experience I wanted (no large bus tours for me). So lucky I read reviews like this one... More

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Barnet, United Kingdom
2 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Although I'd visited a few of the sights we were taken to see before, I loved the way Phil bought the whole tour alive with his running commentary, insightful expertise on the subject of Jane Austen, and intimate knowledge of her world as she danced her way over Hampshire as a young woman. A fabulous tour given by the perfect... More

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