Event Price 
Approx. $4,995

Join Dartmouth on a five-night literary tour of Southern England featuring Downton Abbey!

  • Private guided walking tour of London to include entrance into Westminster Abbey and a group experience at Jarndyce Antiquarian Booksellers.
  • Group tour, introduction into the treasurey and private dinner at the British Library.
  • Private guided walking tour of Oxford to include Magdalen college, Merton College, St Marys Passage, Christ Church, Botanic Gardens, and the Bodleian Library Tour. 
  • Private guided walking tour of Shakespeare's birthplace to include Nash House, New Place, Halls Croft, Mary Ardens House, and Anne Hathaway's Cottage. 
  • Guided tour of Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey) and its gardens, including the Egyptian Exhibition. 
  • Private guided tour of Jane Austen's House and Museum, St Nicholas Church, and Chawton House. 

Accommodation at Grosvenor House (London, 5-star), McDonald Randolph Hotel (Oxford, 5-star), and Old Thorns Manor Hotel and Golf Course (Hampshire, Boutique Hotel & Resort).

No Single Supplement 

Event Itinerary 

Day 1: Arrival into London

  • Evening welcome reception and faculty lecture at Grosvenor House

Day 2: Literary Tour of London

  • Walking tour of London to feature Charles Dickens
  • Private visit to Jarndyce Antiquarian Booksellers
  • Westminster Abbey & Poets Corner visit 
  • Private guided tour of the British Library followed by private tasting menu dinner

Day 3: Experience Oxford: J.R.R. Tolkien, Lewis Carroll, Oscar Wilde, & William Golding 

  • Private guided tour of Oxford colleges, including Magdalen, Merston, and Christ Church
  • University of Oxfordshire Botanic Gardens
  • Radcliffe Square and the iconic round Radcliffe Library 
  • Oxford University Museum of Natural History
  • Optional late afternoon river cruise

Day 4: Shakespeare's Birthplace

  • Travel to Stratford upon Avon
  • Private guided tour of the medieval town
  • Tours of Shakespeare's birthplace & Hall's Croft (the 17th century home of Shakespeare's daughter)
  • Visit Anne Hathaway's Cottage
  • Evening reception and lecture at Oxford Randolph Hotel 

Day 5: Discover Downton Abbey & Chawton House

  • Travel to Highclere Castle, the real-life home to Downton Abbey, where the Earl and Countess of Canarvon reside to this day
  • Group visit to castle to include Staterooms, bedrooms, and grounds and gardens. 
  • See the Egyptian Exhibit, where artifacts from the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb are on display. The 5th Earl of Carnarvon famously financed the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb in the Valley of the Kings where he died of uncertain causes (famously inspiring the "Mummy's Curse")
  • Travel to Chawton House for a private luncheon and guided tour of the library reading rooms, exhibition, and gardens
  • Afternoon visit to Steveton Villege, the birthplace of Jane Austen, and St. Nicholas Church
  • Enjoy a lecture by Michael Kenning, the Vice Chair of the Jane Austen Society, followed by afternoon tea in the Village Hall
  • Travel to Old Thorns Manor for a farewell reception and dinner

Day 6: Departure

  • Depart Old Thors Manor for London Heathrow Airport 
Region 
Season 
Type of activity 
Activity Level 

Easy-Moderate

Faculty

Donald E. Pease and Patricia McKee

Donald E. Pease is a Professor of English and Comparative Literature, the Ted and Helen Geisel Third Century Professor in the Humanities, and the Chair of the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program. He is an authority on 19th- and 20th-century American literature and literary theory and founder/director of the Futures of American Studies Institute. Professor Pease has written numerous books, including Theodor Seuss Geisel (2010), and over 100 articles on figures in American and British literature. He is the editor of The New Americanist series, which has transformed the field of American studies.

Patrica McKee is a Professor of English and holds the Edward Hyde Cox Professorship. An authority on Victorian literature, Professor McKee is the author of several books, including Public and Private: Gender, Class, and the British Novel, 1764-1878, Producing American Races: Henry James, William Faulkner, Toni Morrison, and Reading Constellations: Urban Modernity in Victorian Fiction.

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Dartmouth Exclusive Program
Operator Name 
Humphreys of Henley