Thousands of people visit the ancient city of Bath every year, some come to enjoy the grand architecture, while others intend to explore the world of Jane Austen.
But what does this world-renowned classic writer have in connection with Bath, and it is really that significant?
Between the years 1801 and 1806, Jane Austen called the city of Bath her home. The writer grew so fond of the ancient city that it found its way into two of her published Novels. ‘Persuasion’ and ‘Northanger Abbey’ are both partly set in Bath, and the passion she had for the city is reflected in these novels.
If you are lucky enough to spend a few days in Bath, and you wish to retrace Austen’s steps, you’ll be pleased to know there is plenty opportunity for you to do just that. The city has a lot to offer to any Austen fan, in fact, it has so much to offer you may just wonder where to begin.
Why not book a room in a B and B in Bath so you have somewhere to rest your weary head after a long day exploring, and dream of a living in the city when Austen called it home?
The Jane Austen Centre
The Jane Austen Centre is a delightful museum that is crammed full of exhibits that are sure to please any Austen fan. The permanent exhibition which can be found at 40 Gay Street thoroughly explores the influence this city had on one of the worlds’ most famous writers.
Gay Street was in fact home to Jane Austen for a few months, and she had the pleasure of residing at number 25. This house can be found a little higher up the hill and on the same side of the road as the Jane Austen Centre, and looks almost as it did in Austen’s day. Did you know Gay Street is in fact mentioned in ‘Persuasion’?
“The Crofts had placed themselves in lodgings in Gay Street, perfectly to Sir Walter’s satisfaction”.
This passage shows Austen’s love for Bath, and indeed the street where she resided for a short time.
The Regency Tea Room
The Regency Tea Room is a delightful little café that gives you the perfect opportunity to rest awhile and enjoy delicious cakes, sandwiches and tea after your visit to the Jane Austen Centre. Located within the centre itself, this tea room provides the perfect end to your experience, and offers you the opportunity to dine in style as Austen once did.
The Jane Austen Festival
Held in Bath every year, the wonderful Jane Austen festival is a real tribute to their favourite author.
Beginning with a promenade, and featuring hundreds of people adorned in regency costumes, this world famous festival is not to be missed. With dramatic and musical performances taking place throughout the festival, visitors can immerse themselves in the world of Austen, and all that it has to offer.
With the opportunity to enjoy a masked ball, to dine in exquisite cafés and restaurants that offer you a sample of food Austen may have eaten. The festival is the perfect way to celebrate this ladies’ work and achievements.
Why not come along and explore Bath first hand and stay with us?