The Jane Austen Festival: What you need to know

The city of Bath acts a stage for a packed calendar of events throughout the year, giving you even more reasons to visit this alluring city.

But there’s one event that stands out more than others, especially if you’re a fan of English novelist Jane Austen.

The Jane Austen Festival is making its 19th annual appearance in Bath from 13th to 22nd September, with festival organisers promising a bigger and better event than ever before.

When Jane Austen made Bath her home – from 1801 to 1806 – the city was a thriving spa resort, popular with fashionable society.

This is your chance to retrace Jane’s steps on your visit to Bath and discover the same elegant yet vibrant city which provided inspiration for two of her six published novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion. Here’s what you need to know about the forthcoming festival:

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What is it?

People flock to Bath from all over the world to attend masked balls, tours, talks, breakfasts and plays – essentially living out their very own period drama, dressed head-to-toe in full Regency dress for the 10-day duration.

This year will be the 19th Jane Austen Festival, with 10 full days of celebrating all things Austen in the beautiful Georgian city of Bath.

You can immerse yourself in the world of Bath’s most famous literary resident at the festival, all while exploring the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Getting there

From London, head west for 2.5 hours in the car to the county of Somerset (south west England).

Or jump on a train from London Paddington – a journey on GWR that takes 90 minutes.

If you’re flying, the nearest airport is Bristol, which has direct links to 25 European countries. Shuttle buses also run from the airport to Bath’s city centre.

Staying there

Apex City of Bath Hotel is in prime position in the city centre, 200m from the Thermae Spa, and offers slick, contemporary style and a superior buffet breakfast.

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