Alresford, Austen and Alton itinerary by Steam
If you have half a day to explore the district of Winchester this itinerary will take you out of the centre to see the market towns. The beautiful Georgian market town of Alresford, is as famous for its pastel painted houses and independent shops as it is for its standing as the UK Watercress Capital. Its most-visited attraction is the restored Watercress Line Station, and it is from here why not have lunch aboard a restored engine, as it cuts through the rolling Hampshire countryside. Stop off at Alton and visit the refurbished Jane Austen’s House Museum in Chawton. Learn about what brought the Austens to the house, and then see how her brother fared when he was adopted by wealthy relatives at the grand house nearby, now Chawton House Library, home to a unique collection of women’s writing from 1600-1830.
12.15pm – 12.50pm: Travel to Alresford and board steam train.
1pm – 2.15pm: Depart on the 1 o’clock steam train to Alton. Sit back in style in the lovingly restored carriages and eat a leisurely lunch* as the countryside bordering the South Downs National Park flits by.
2.15pm – 2.35pm: Travel to Jane Austen’s House Museum
2.40pm – 3.15pm: Explore the house where Jane spent the last eight years of her life: the place where she did the majority of her mature writing. The museum retains the charm of a village home - highlights include standing by the small occasional table that Jane wrote and redrafted all six of her ground-breaking novels.
3.15pm – 3.25pm: Visit the shop
3.30pm – 5pm: A short walk to the local manor, inherited by Jane Austen’s brother. An impressive driveway leads to this four hundred year old Elizabethan house which now houses an impressive collection of women’s writing.
(Please check train times and opening times of the museum and entry prices before visiting. Please contact the tourist information centre for details)
*Lunches can be prebooked, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org