A visit to Bath is a chance to step back in time, and the Georgian Garden is a hidden, fascinating example of how things looked in Jane Austen’s time. Thousands travel to see the Royal Circus with its unique curving architecture, but not so many wander to the back of the houses and take the chance to explore the layout of an original set of Georgian gardens.
Number 4, The Circus is not open to the public, but the garden is and it welcomes the curious all year. The Gravel Walk connects the Royal Crescent to Queen’s Square, and you’ll need to follow this to reach the garden. This secluded and sloping pathway was the rising walk trodden by Captain Wentworth and Anne Elliot in Persuasion, and it’s easy to imagine the characters making their way along to Sit Walter’s residence.
Why not stay in Georgian Bath accommodation and really live its history? The Royal Hotel is found in the heart of the city and has a Grade II listing. Newly refurbished to reflect its era, the bedrooms have all the splendour Miss Austen would have enjoyed when she visited the city herself, and it offers a lovely insight into the way thing were at the time.