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A stroll through historic Bath is like visiting an open-air museum. About 5000 buildings have achieved notice for their architectural merit, from the Roman Baths to the magnificent Abbey and the collection of Georgian homes known as The Circus. Follow in the footsteps of Jane Austen with a visit to her elegant townhouse, now an exhibition space in her honour, and the Assembly Rooms where she once attended society events. After a long day of walking, soak in the natural hot waters of the Thermae Bath Spa.

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A Trip to Jane Austen's Bath

Bath is on the bucket-list of every Austen superfan, and thanks to many Georgian-era sites and attractions here, it's easy to pretend you've left modern-day U.K. for the pages of "Pride and Prejudice."
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  • The Jane Austen Centre
    This center gets mixed reviews for being somewhat pokey and overpriced. But it's still worth coming here to talk to the guides or attend any lecture or event.
  • Theatre Royal Bath
    Theater was the Netflix of Austen's day, so if you're keen on time-traveling to the 18th century, definitely pay a visit to this local theater to see the current productions and take in an evening of Austen-era entertainment.
  • Thermae Bath Spa
    Visitors to Bath in Austen's time would have certainly "taken the waters" (hence Bath's name). While this spa is quite modern, it still allows you to participate in that ancient tradition.
  • Sally Lunn's Historic Eating House & Museum
    Another tea salon visit? Of course! This one offers a twofer: a historic visit to the oldest house in Bath and a chance to take cream tea with buns—known as the best in the area.
  • Prior Park Landscape Gardens
    What's an Austen novel without a dreamy pastoral walk? These landscaped gardens give you another opportunity to pretend you're back in the 18th century, complete with a picturesque bridge.
  • No. 1 Royal Crescent
    Another thing we love about Austen movies—those gorgeous settings! The rooms at No. 1 Royal Crescent seem like the perfect period-movie backdrop for Mr. Darcey to be presented.
  • Fashion Museum Bath
    Admit it, our favorite thing about Jane Austen movies is the fashion! And this museum will let you see every button and ribbon on those dresses. Lots of ball-worthy gowns to admire!
  • The Pump Room
    No doubt your turn around the grounds will have worked up an appetite. Come here to indulge in a traditional afternoon tea.
  • Highlights of Bath City Walk
    Start your trip off, as any Austen heroine would, by "taking a turn about the grounds." The "Jane Austen in Bath" tour is a great way to get the lay of the land and understand the author's relationship with the town.
  • No.15 Great Pulteney
    Every Austen fan needs a place to hang their bonnet. This Georgian townhouse turned boutique hotel gives an appropriately historic atmosphere with lots of modern comforts.

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