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Days out

A winter visit to Jane Austen’s House and Chawton House

Last summer we visited Jane Austen’s House and Chawton House in Hampshire. Tickets are valid for a year so me and my mum decided to visit them both in winter to see the seasonal contrast and enjoy some festive sights. Jane Austen’s House is currently undergoing significant roof works. It doesn’t looks quite so picturesque […]

A quick trip to Canterbury

Last month we went to Canterbury for an afternoon after a family party. There were so many places to choose from but we had a little wander before picking a couple of sights to see. Our first place of note was The Crooked House which is now a charming bookshop. Built in 1617, the house […]

Exploring Battle Abbey and the Battle of Hastings battlefield

Our last day out of summer was to Battle to visit the Abbey and the battlefield which was the scene of the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The site is run by English Heritage and we had free entry due to our membership. The Abbey’s magnificent gatehouse hosts an exhibition about life at the site […]

Rochester Castle, Guildhall Museum and Cathedral

On our way to Dymchurch in Kent, we visited Rochester. We began by using our English Heritage membership to visit the Castle. The inside of the keep is quite magnificent with multiple floors accessed via spiral staircases. Matthew was a bit scared but bravely persevered to reach the top! Anya boldly led the way, fearless […]

Our day in Chawton part two: Chawton House

After our visit to Jane Austen’s House in Chawton, we followed the great author’s steps around the village before making our way to the local church and her brother’s home: Chawton House. Unfortunately St Nicholas’ Church is closed on Fridays so we didn’t get a chance to peek inside. We admired the outside of the […]