One Day Tour of Jane Austen’s Bath
Two centuries after her death, Jane Austen is still adored by millions across the globe. Janites, as her fans are known, like nothing more than the chance to follow in their heroine’s footsteps and there is no place better to do that than Bath. This was the city she made her home, moving here in 1801, and used as the setting for both Northanger Abbey and Persuasion.
ECT Travel is now offering wonderfully evocative Jane Austen tours of the city. Designed to bring Regency Bath to life, these one day, guided walking tours include private visits to key sites, expert talks and an indulgent afternoon tea in Queen’s Square, the most desired address in Regency Bath.
As well as exploring the places in the city where Jane Austen actually lived, tour goers will also visit the locations that appear in her novels, including Gravel Walk where Anne Elliot and Captain Wentworth were engaged in Persuasion. And should any Janites want to get even closer to their heroine, ECT Travel can also arrange unique Regency experiences, such as tasting the spa water or attending a grand ball.
Original, insightful and packed with unique experiences, ECT’s tour of Jane Austen’s Bath is aimed at anyone looking for a summer day out with a difference. Bath is close to Bristol and just 90 minutes by train from London. Boasting thermal baths and great shopping, the city also has plenty to offer people looking for a weekend break.
Tour highlights include:
No.1 Royal Crescent, a Georgian townhouse museum set in Bath’s most fashionable strolling street and furnished just as it would have been in Jane’s day.
A guided walk around Bath’s famous and elegant streets, which are steeped in Austen history. ECT’s guide takes visitors on a fascinating trail, following Jane and her characters through the city.
The Assembly Rooms is one of Bath’s finest Georgian buildings. Designed in 1793, this is where high society came to dance, listen to music, play cards, drink tea and find a spouse.
The Holburne Museum, set in Jane’s favourite park, Sydney Pleasure Gardens. This Grade 1 listed building is now home to a fascinating collection of fine and decorative art. Visitors on this tour will be treated to an exclusive, curator-led tour of the Museum.
Afternoon Tea in Queen’s Square. This early eighteenth-century square was Regency Bath’s most prestigious address. Jane herself spent a month at no.13 in the company of her brother Edward and his family. No.12 is now part of the Francis Hotel where the tour stops for tea.
ECT’s Jane Austen One Day Walking Tour of Bath runs on the following Saturdays in 2018: 14th April, 12th May, 9th June, 14th July, 11th August, 22nd September