Jane Austen Tours
Jane Austen's Persuasion.
'a very strange stranger it must be who does not see charms in the immediate environs of Lyme to make him wish to know it better' (Persuasion)
We operate several types of Jane Austen Tour. Types of tour include: Jane Austen Tours of Lyme Regis (short tours & day tours), Jane Austen Tours of Lyme Regis & Environs, Jane Austen Lyme Regis Daytrips from Bath (or any other city by arrrangement). We also operate an annual Jane Austen Lyme Regis Weekend called Jaunt with Jane and national tours with a Jane Austen theme. Please see below for details and times. Jane Austen tours run all year round. For scheduled Jane Austen tour times see below. For out of season tours, please ring or email to book your tour.
Jane Austen Tours, Lyme Regis
The name Jane Austen is known throughout the world, but what is not widely known is her connection to Lyme Regis. Take a Jane Austen tour around her beloved Lyme Regis.
Jane Austen visited Lyme Regis in England on at least two separate occasions and set Persuasion, her last novel, in the town.
On the Jane Austen tour we follow in the footsteps of Jane Austen and her characters around Lyme Regis.
During the Jane Austen tour we take a walk along the Cobb to see the steps from which Louisa Musgrove fell on the famous harbour wall and visit the inns mentioned in Persuasion. On the Jane Austen tour we see the house in which she stayed and enjoy the pleasure of Lyme Regis's views, knowing that you are seeing the same sights as Jane Austen saw and loved.
Jane Austen tours operate all year round, but scheduled, public walks are listed below. To book onto one of these, please click on the relevant link and change the quantity of tickets according to the size of your group. To book a tour that is not on one of these days or times, please contact us.
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Jane Austen Tours, Lyme Regis & Environs
We offer extended Jane Austen tours around Lyme Regis and the environs. See Lyme Regis and other areas (depending on your choice) from the book and films of Persuasion. Locations include parts of the Undercliff National Nature Reserve, known as the South West Coast Path, Pinny and even Charmouth. Please contact us to arrange a time.
Why not walk to the 'green chasms' of Pinny mentioned in Persuasion? Here's Austen's description of Pinny which sits in the most jungle like of nature reserves in the UK. It's a wonderful place that runs alongside the sea:
'Above all, Pinny, with its green chasms between romantic rocks, where the scattered forest trees and orchards of luxuriant growth, declare that many a generation must have passed away since the first partial falling of the cliff prepared the ground for such a state, where a scene so wonderful and so lovely is exhibited, as may more than equal any of the resembling scenes of the far-famed Isle of Wight: these places must be visited, and visited again, to make the worth of Lyme understood.
Alternatively, take a walk to Uplyme, which Austen also mentions in Persuasion as:
'the woody varieties of the cheerful village of Up Lyme.'
Austen also speaks highly of Charmouth:
'The scenes in its neighbourhood, Charmouth, with its high grounds and extensive sweeps of country, and still more its sweet, retired bay, backed by dark cliffs, where fragments of low rock among the sands make it the happiest spot for watching the flow of the tide, for sitting in unwearied contemplation.'
You can also visit Golden Cap which is one of the filming locations from Persuasion and the highest point on the south coast of England. With absolutely breathtaking views, this really is worth the walk!
Lastly, why not take in the neighbouring town of Sidmouth, which we know Jane Austen visited, or perhaps Colyton, the home of a childhood friend.
These tours are available year round and can include various other activities such as a talk by one of Jane Austen's relations, Museum entry, lunch, fossil hunting, cream tea in the Cobb buildings (which are otherwise inaccessible to the general public). Prices to suit all budgets.
Jane Austen Lyme Regis Daytrips From Bath
A wonderful opportunity to meet Diana Shervington, or her daughter Caroline, who grew up at Chawton House and whose great, great, great, grand-aunt was Jane Austen. On this special Lyme Regis Tour we retrace the Austen family footsteps around Janes favourite holiday spot. The tour includes museum visit and cream tea on what will be the 211th year since her last visit. This historic and wonderful seaside resort is the setting for one of the most dramatic scenes in the novel Persuasion. As part of this daytrip there will be a guided walk of Lyme Regis. Jane Austen visited Lyme Regis in England on at least two separate occasions and set Persuasion, her last novel, in the town. On the Jane Austen tour we follow in the footsteps of Austen and her characters around Lyme Regis. Walk along the Cobb to see the steps from which Louisa Musgrove fell on the famous harbour wall and visit the inns mentioned in Persuasion. On the Jane Austen tour we see the house in which she stayed and enjoy the pleasure of Lyme Regis's views, knowing that you are seeing the same sights as Jane Austen saw and loved.
This tour is brought to you by the same company as provides the daytrip to Lyme Regis for the Jane Austen Festival. Quality & fun guaranteed! Your tour guide, Literary Lyme Walking Tours, has also worked with, the Jane Austen Society, Jane Austen Society of North America, Jane Austen Society of the Netherlands, BBC, Victoria Connelly (author), Carrie Bebris (author), The National Trust, ITV television & The Jane Austen Festival, among many other names & organisations.
'One of the best day tours I can ever remember, with your particularly charming and knowledgeable guiding being central to that. The weather definitely helped, but it is also a lovely and interesting town, among the most interesting English seaside towns I know.'
'Some one just asked me what the highlight of my annual trip to Bath was this year. And after careful thought, it was my day trip to Lyme Regis with you. You did a marvellous job. Even before the trip started, your email with the detailed itinerary and map was very useful to prepare myself for the day. I enjoyed your guided walk with references to where Jane Austen stayed and what locales she may have used in Persuasion, and the debunking of myths about Harville's house etc. There was just the right amount of time for lunch and wandering on our own before the cream tea with Mrs Shrevington's daughter. How thrilling to see the personal articles of Jane - the handwork on her fichu was incredible.'
'What a wonderful experience! Natalie was very welcoming and made every effort to give us an informative and interesting tour based on our needs. Obviously well researched by Natalie who has a wealth of local knowledge and a real enthusiasm and passion for her work. Really glad we found her and will definitely be rebooking should we revisit Dorset in the future.'
'We had a fabulous time'
'Not to be Missed'
'Fascinating...held us in rapt attention'
'Definitely recommend a walk with Literary Lyme'
'Truly special and highly recommended'
The tours mainly operate in the Spring/Summer season. For times, please see the link below. To arrange a coach trip for your own group, please contact us. There will be a daytrip to Lyme Regis during the Jane Austen Festival in Bath but the date is yet to be confirmed with the Festival Organiser. To register your interest in that particular coach trip during the Bath festival, please get in touch with us.
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There will be a daytrip to Lyme Regis during the Jane Austen Festival in Bath. This will take place on 13th September 2015. To register your interest in that particular coach trip during the Bath festival, please get in touch with us.
Jane Austen Tours, England
If you wish to do a Jane Austen tour of England, including locations such as Chawton, Bath, Lyme Regis, Derbyshire or any other locations in England, please call or email for details. These Jane Austen Tours of England are designed especially for you. You will need to have an idea of some of the Jane Austen locations you wish to see, the number of people in your group and the types of places you wish to stay. For the Jane Austen Tour of England, it would also be beneficial if you can supply a rough idea of budget per person and if any member of your group has particular requirements.
An example itinerary might be:
The above list is by no means extensive. If you have a location you want to visit, we can arrange it for you. We can even arrange authentic Regency food (or food from other time periods) for your visit to many of the destinations. Prices vary and there is something for every budget.
Jane Austen Festival, Lyme Regis, England
For information on the Jane Austen Festival held in Lyme Regis visit the website.
Jane Austen Tour Reviews & Clients
Some of our reviews include:
'A literature buff and a non-reader really can get so much out of this experience, and if one picks the correct hour -- there is simply no better way to see this amazing town.'
'Breathtaking and truly insightful morning.'
'a very informative and pleasurable series of guided walks'
'We enjoyed the Jane Austen tour so much we decided to do the Mary Anning tour as well'
'We thoroughly enjoyed the tour and would highly recommend'
'The highlight of my visit. Highly recommended and excellent value for money. An experience not to be missed for anyone, old or young.'
Literary Lyme Walking Tours has run Jane Austen tours for the Jane Austen Society, The Jane Austen Society of North America, amongst many others.