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Jane Austen Tour of Bath and Meryton from London

Your Jane Austen Tour will start by being picked up at your hotel or elsewhere in central London at 8am.
10:30 – 11:30: Lacock

We will start our Jane Austen Tour by exploring the exquisite village of Lacock, owned by the National Trust and a popular film set. The village looks as if it is frozen in time, with wonderful historic cottages, traditional pubs and a medieval Abbey nearby. The village has been used in numerous film and TV dramas including Cranford, Downton Abbey and Harry Potter, but most importantly this was Meryton in the iconic BBC Pride and Prejudice (starring Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth).

We will stroll through the village streets and imagine the Bennet girls shopping for bonnets and flirting with the officers, especially Mr Wickham! From Lacock we take a short 30 minute drive to explore Jane Austen’s Bath.
By midday your Jane Austen Tour will arrive in Bath where you will get to explore Jane Austen’s Bath. Bath is a beautiful, historic city and UNESCO world heritage site, founded by the Romans and reaching its heyday in the Georgian and Regency periods when Jane Austen herself walked its elegant gardens and crescents. Jane visited her aunt and uncle in the city and later lived here for 5 years from 1801.

Parts of her novels “Northanger Abbey” and “Persuasion” were set in Bath and subsequent film and TV adaptations have been filmed here. We will take a walking tour through the Bath that Jane knew; walking along the river and across the iconic Pulteney Bridge lined with shops and restaurants, before strolling down Great Pulteney Street, a fashionable Georgian Street that featured in both Jane’s Bath novels, to the address where Jane herself lived.

We will return across the river to central Bath to admire the Roman Baths, built in the 1st century AD by the conquering Romans as a bath house and temple dedicated to the goddess Sulis Minerva (visit inside the baths not included) and the stunning Bath Abbey “Lantern of the West”, still much as Jane would have known them. We will drink some water from the Pump House (a cure for everything!) and learn about the reorganisation of 18th century Bath into a genteel social venue for “the season” .

We will continue our walking tour to admire the 18th century squares and circles built as part of this transformation and find the other addresses where Jane lived in Bath as her fortunes declined after her father’s death. We will stop for lunch (if you like we can take Afternoon Tea at the Regency Tearooms in the Jane Austen Centre) before visiting the Jane Austen Centre, with its small but fascinating exhibition on Jane’s life as well as an opportunity to dress in Regency costume!

We will finish the tour by walking up to the Royal Crescent, the gracious sweep of Georgian houses with views down over Bath, considered to be one of the most desirable addresses in England, where Jane’s aunt and uncle briefly lived and setting for “Persuasion” before departing Bath for the return drive to London.

Jane Austen Tour of Bath and Meryton from London
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