Bath is a charming city, famous for its historical heritage, five-star spas, rejuvenating hot springs, eclectic nightlife, and of course, the Jane Austen Centre, which pays homage to its world-renowned resident. If you want to tour this World Heritage Site and enjoy a literary trip, you won’t be disappointed. To add to the charm of your journey, Bath’s many Boutique B&Bs are perfect choices for your temporary home away from home.
The Pride and Prejudice author is the most famous Bath resident, and the city built the Jane Austen Centre to promote the writer’s achievements, just as she showed her love for Bath in her works, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion. The author even moved to the city, where she remained for five years in 1801 to 1806.
At the heart of Bath, along with the most alluring architectural marvels, the city features a Regency Tea Room, gift shop, and an exhibition, all geared towards discovering the kind of life that Jane Austen lived in Bath.
Every September, the author’s fans celebrate the Jane Austen Festival, making it a prime time to schedule a visit. This fabulous gathering of literary fans is complete with awesome festivities. There are musical soirees, theatricals, walks, tours, talks, workshops, food tasting, novel reading, Country Dances, and the Regency Costumed Masked Ball. You will have the time of your life living and breathing Jane Austen for over a week.
The Jane Austen Centre is enough reason to book your stay in Bath, but the city boasts much more than its famous resident. After all, Jane Austen moved to this town for everything it had to offer. While you are here, make sure to try out the city’s hot springs, spas, and sporting events. Of course, don’t leave without visiting the city’s historical sites, including the Roman Baths, Fashion Museum, and Sally Lunn’s Refreshment House & Museum among others.