Rain Jane


Pick up your trail leaflet from the

Tourist Information Centre, Winchester

SO23 9GH

Discover the famous words of Jane Austen in Winchester.

Explore the city centre of Winchester when it rains and be delighted as 12 beautiful quotes from Jane Austen’s writing appear on the floor in front of you. ‘Indulge your imagination in every possible flight’ as you find each of them and enjoy the humour of Austen’s writing.

The first or final quote on the trail, depending on how you look at it, is displayed on a living wall of ivy on the College Street garden, opposite the house where Jane Austen died. A beautiful bench, inspired by Austen's life and writing, has been handcrafted by local sculptor Nicola Henshaw after a workshop with pupils from Winnall Primary School and faces the wall to allow reflection on Jane Austen’s words – ‘Know your own happiness. Call it hope’

The house where she died, on 18 July 1817, is commemorated by a plaque on the wall. We’d be grateful if you could photograph it only from across the road and avoid looking in the windows and knocking on the door as this may disturb the residents.

Special thanks to AR Design Ltd, The Jane Austen Society of North America and Hillier Nurseries for their support. 

Celebrate the life of one of the world’s most famous authors in Hampshire

2017 marks the 200th anniversary of the death of Jane Austen and the Rain Jane trail starts the celebration of Jane Austen’s life and the program of events taking place.

Visit the Jane Austen 200 website for full details of exhibitions, talks, walks, writing competitions and performances throughout 2017.

Explore the Jane Austen trail which traces her journey from birth to her death giving you an insight into the life and times of this ‘Hampshire girl.’ 

To make sure you time your visit with the rain so you don't miss a quote why not stay a few days? 

Wake up in the Mercure Winchester Wessex Hotel and have breakfast overlooking Winchester Cathedral - Jane Austen's buriel place. 

Or stay at The Old Vine in a grade II listed building just a short stroll away from the High Street.

For city centre accommodation - choose from B&Bs and guest houses, hotels, pubs and inns and self catering accommodation.

We also have plenty of places to stay around Winchester in the surrounding rural coutryside and idyllic market towns. 

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