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From approx. $5,995 including tax (VAT)

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

  • Guided experience in London to inlcude:
    • Intimate and exclusive guided tour of the Charles Dickens Museum
    • Private guided tour of Westminster Abbey
    • Private visit to Jarndyce Antiquarian Booksellers
    • Private guided tour of the British Library followed by a private tasting menu dinner at the library.
  • Guided expereince in Oxford to include:
    • Private guided tours of Oxford University to include Magdalen College (Oscar Wilde), Merston College, and Christ Church College (Lewis Carroll), Radcliffe Camera, and the Bodleian Library. 
    • Visit to the University of Oxford Botanic Garden, the oldest botanic garden in Great Britain and one of the oldest scientific gardens in the world.
    • See St Marys Passage at Oriel Square (inspiration to C.S. Lewis's The Chronicals of Narnia) and enjoy drinks at the Eagle and Child Pub, favourite haunt of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis.
    • Optional Enhancement: Evening River Cruise on the River Thames
  • Private guided tour of Stratford upon Avon, birthplace of William Shakespeare, to including Nash House, New Place, Halls Croft, Mary Arden's House, and Anne Hathaway's Cottage. 
  • Guided tour of Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey) and its gardens, including the famed Egyptian Exhibit, home to a Tutankhamun collection. Highclere Castle is the ancestral home of the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon. 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, thus inspiring the "Mummy's Curse." 
  • Private guided tour of the Jane Austen House and Museum, St Nicholas Church, and Chawton House. 
    • Featuring a private lecture by the Rev. Michael Kenning, Vice-Chair of the Jane Austen Society.

Featuring exclusive accommodation in historic 5-star properties including the Belmond Cadogan Hotel, London (of Oscar Wilde fame), the Randolf Hotel, Oxford, and the 17th century Lainston House, Hampshire. Laniston House was designed by Sir Christopher Wren on the commission of King Charles II. Charles II lived in the country home from its completion until his death. 

Event Itinerary 

Day 1: Arrival and evening in London
Day 2: Historic and literary tour of London
Day 3: Historic and literary tour of Oxford
Day 4: Literary Tour of Shakespeare's Stratford upon Avon and evening in Oxford
Day 5: Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey) and Jane Austen's Chawton House and Stevenson Village (Hampshire)
Day 6: Hampshire and Departure

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Professors Thomas H. Luxon and Ivy Schweitzer

Thomas H. Luxon, Professor of English

Professor Luxon came to Dartmouth in 1988 following faculty appointments at The University of Chicago, St Lawrence University, and Franklin and Marshall College. He holds an A.B. from Brown University and A.M. and Ph.D. from The University of Chicago. Professor Luxon was appointed the Cheheyl Professor and founding director of the Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning (DCAL) in 2004 and served in that role until 2013. Luxon teaches courses and seminars in Milton, Shakespeare, critical theory, academic writing, Women’s Studies, Jewish Studies, and Comparative Literature. Professor Luxon has published two books as well as numerous articles on early modern literature, religion and culture. He is the general editor of The John Milton Reading Room, an on-line hyper-annotated study edition of Milton's complete poetry and selected prose.

Ivy Schweitzer, Professor of English and Creative Writing

Ivy Schweitzer is Professor of English and Creative Writing and past chair of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Dartmouth College. Her fields of specialization include early American literature, women’s literature, gender and cultural studies, and digital and public humanities. She is the editor of The Occom Circle, a digital edition of works by and about Samson Occom, and co-producer of a full-length documentary film entitled It’s Criminal: A Tale of Prison and Privilege, based on the courses she co-teaches in and about jails. In 2018, she blogged weekly about the year 1862 in the creative life of Emily Dickinson and co-edited a collection of essays in honor of The Occom Circle titled Afterlives of Indigenous Archives. She recently collaborated with three colleagues on a website of pedagogical materials about 19th century women writers and domesticity called “HomeWorks.” 

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Humphreys of Henley