Nicola James

Regional Qualification(s):

Southern England

Language(s):

English

Phone Number(s):

07887 510330

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Introduction:

I'm Nicola, a Blue Badge Guide in Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire and the Isle of Wight.

The South Central region has so much to offer and I love sharing it with people - from famous landmarks like Winchester Cathedral to special landscapes like the New Forest and the Jurassic Coast.

My particular interest is Jane Austen and her life and homes in Hampshire: Steventon, Chawton, Southampton and her final resting place in Winchester.

Not forgetting Lyme Regis, the charming Dorset seaside resort beloved by Jane and her family.

Guiding in these locations is a joy and you really get a sense of the people and places that shaped Jane Austen's novels.

There are so many highlights across the region, with just a few listed below where I would be delighted to guide you:

Chawton, Hampshire

Steventon, Hampshire

Winchester and Winchester Cathedral, Hampshire

Salisbury and Salisbury Cathedral, Wiltshire

Stonehenge, Wiltshire

Jurassic Coast - Portland - Durdle Door - Lulworth Cove, Dorset

Lyme Regis, Dorset

The New Forest - Lyndhurst - Beaulieu - Buckler's Hard, Hampshire

Portsmouth, Hampshire

Southampton, Hampshire

Osborne House, Isle of Wight

Bournemouth - Poole - Christchurch

Special Interests:

Literature

Jane Austen
Thomas Hardy
TV & film adaptations - I love a period drama!

History & Prehistory

The Tudors
The Georgians
The Victorians
WW2
Transport, roads and maps

Architecture

Georgian & Regency

Churches & Cathedrals

Winchester Cathedral
Salisbury Cathedral
Christchurch Priory
Romsey Abbey

Genealogy

I love a family tree!

Royalty

Monarchies of Europe (and their jewellery collections!)
The Peerage (useless knowledge I know, but I've always been fascinated by high society, the ton, the backdrop of Jane Austen novels)

Stately Homes & Country Houses

Wilton House
Mottisfont
Athelhampton House
Kingston Lacy

Gardens

Stourhead
Exbury Gardens
Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens

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