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Guided Walk/Tour

Jane Austen Tours

Jane Austen Tours


Estate Office,
Stoneleigh Abbey,


Have you ever wondered where Jane Austen got the inspiration for the places and characters in her novels?
Receive new insights into Miss Austen’s world through Stoneleigh Abbey’s ‘Jane Austen Tour’.

The stories of Jane Austen were largely based upon friends and members of her family, their lives, their homes & their personalities.

For 400 years Stoneleigh Abbey was home to Jane’s maternal relatives, the noble Leigh family. In 1806, Jane, with her mother and her sister Cassandra, visited Stoneleigh Abbey in the company of her mother’s cousin, the Reverend Thomas Leigh. During her stay Austen was so inspired by the house, its grounds, and the many family intrigues that she wove descriptions of the interiors, views of the grounds, and cameos of the family into her novels.

Visitors to the house can see the interiors and much of the furniture as it was in Jane’s time, view the famous chapel and woodland walks of Sotherton Court in Mansfield Park, learn the story of the real Anne Elliot from Persuasion & better understand where Jane Austen garnered her understanding of the social nuances of her time.

This tour is led by a guide in costume and includes readings from original letters and Jane Austen’s written works.

Please contact Stoneleigh Abbey to confirm tour details & availability.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedDisabled accessDisabled toiletsFacilities for groupsGift shopOn-site light refreshmentsPostboxPublic toiletsAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Children welcomeDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Smoking not allowed


Adults: £8-00. £6-50 (English Heritage member Discount)
Children: £3-50
Please contact Stoneleigh Abbey for special 'Group Booking Rates'.



Plan route to Stoneleigh Abbey using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SP 316716  Lat: 52.34237 Long: -1.53625

From the South: Leave the M40 at junction 15 and take the A46 north towards Coventry. Leave the A46 at the Kenilworth/Leamington Spa exit; turn right at the roundabout towards Leamington Spa on the A452. After 100 yards, turn left onto the B4115, signposted Stoneleigh Abbey and Ashow. The Abbey entrance is 1 mile along this road on the right.
From the North: Head southbound from the A45/A46 junction along the A46. Take the first exit signed Stoneleigh/Warwick Arts Centre. Turn left signed Stoneleigh & then in 100m turn right at the crossroads signed B4115 Stoneleigh Abbey & Ashow. In 1.5 miles, the Abbey is signed as a left turn.

Parking: free


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • PostboxPostbox
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis solid
  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesIs flat (i.e. without steps)

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesTo a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesBaby changing facilities
  • YesVisitor information available in large print (14pt and over)


  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesAudible alarm system


  • YesSteps to the main entrance
    • 7
      Number of steps to entrance
  • YesEntrance is well lit


  • YesLevel access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to cafeteria
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesSeating suitable for wheelchair users, ie moveable and good height for person sitting in a wheelchair

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