If you’re a major fan of Jane Austen and her celebrated novels then Bath, England is the perfect destination to help you capture that 18th-century romance and charm. Instead of simply reading Austen’s words, you can actually put yourself in her shoes and experience Bath as the great writer did!
Just like Austen, you’re a true original, so you shouldn’t stick to the same ol’ traditional tourist sites. Instead, check out this list of BUCKiTDREAM To Dos that will transport you back in time (with a few modern conveniences!) to the sophisticated, dreamy era of Mr. Darcy himself.
Read up on all things Austen If you’re not a total expert on Jane Austen, the Jane Austen Centre should be your first stop upon arriving in Bath. This small museum is held in one of the houses that Austen actually lived in, and you can take a super informative tour with guides dressed up in period costumes to help set the mood for your trip.
Get your beauty sleep like Elizabeth Bennet Three Abbey Green offers amazingly authentic accommodations that are very similar to how Jane Austen would have lived (parts of the building date back to 1689!). If you’d like a more upscale option, The Royal Crescent is a five-star luxury hotel and spa that will remind you of all the great features modern life can offer, while still being near the historic center of the city.
Put your best fashion foot forward The Assembly Rooms (mentioned in two of Austen’s novels) were the main attraction for high society back in Austen’s day. Today, a must-see sight is actually under the Assembly Rooms – the Fashion Museum lets you view clothing dating all the way back to the 1600s, so you’ll feel fully immersed in Austen’s world.
Bathe your way to good health Centuries ago, many would head to the baths for a cure-all for whatever maladies ailed them. Now, you can indulge in the same relaxing experience that Austen would have had by heading to the Thermae Bath Spa. It’s the only day spa in the UK that still allows people to bathe in the natural thermal waters. There’s also a rooftop pool that gives you an incredible view of the city!
Treat yourself to tea No English experience is complete without high tea. The Regency Tea Room at the Jane Austen Centre offers a ‘Tea with Mr. Darcy’ served by staff in full period costumes to help you get in the Austen mood. There’s also the Pump Room Restaurant for a more elegant afternoon tea; it’s right next to the Roman Baths, so you’ll have an easy time imagining the Bath residents of yore heading there for a healing experience.
Promenade like a Brit One of Austen’s favorite pastimes was taking strolls around Bath. You can journey around like the illustrious writer herself by following the Gravel Walk to The Royal Crescent (where Austen would have walked after she attended church on Sundays). Another great walk is through the Sydney Gardens (originally named ‘The Pleasure Gardens’) with wonderfully picturesque trees – perfect for that Instagram pic!
Trot around Bath It’s easy to get around Bath, but what better way to do it than traveling like Austen would have? Take a scenic horse and carriage tour around the city so you can view Bath exactly like it would have appeared in Austen’s day and age.
Indulge your Austen obsession If you want to truly sate your Austen fixation, head to Bath during September for the annual Jane Austen Festival. There are tons of fun things to do, like the Grand Regency Costumed Promenade, the Country Dance Ball, the Regency Costumed Mask Ball, and Austen-themed tours and workshops. You’ll easily feel like a part of Austen’s world during this exciting festival!
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