Fashion Museum – Assembly Rooms, Bennett Street, Bath BA1 2QH
The Fashion Museum is located in the Basement of the Assembly Rooms. The Assembly Rooms owned by the National Trust are mentioned in both of Jane Austen’s Bath novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion.
Holburne Museum The Holburne Museum, Great Pulteney Street, Bath BA2 4DB +44 (0)1225 388569 – This lovely museum at the end of Great Pulteney Street has a small car park (pay and display) and an excellent cafe. Its collection of artefacts is vast and the Portrait Gallery upstairs is wonderful. In particular Gainsborough’s portrait of the Byam family is stunning. There is a lift to all floors and the toilets which are in the basement.
Museum of Bath Architecture The Paragon, Bath BA1 5NA – here you can find out everything you ever wanted to know about the building boom of 18th and 19th Century Bath. Situated on the opposite side of the road to No.1 Paragon Buildings where Jane Austen stayed with her Aunt and Uncle in 1797.
No.1 Royal Crescent (Bath Preservation Trust) Bath BA1 2LR – Delightful museum set out in the style of a Georgian gentleman’s residence. All sorts of interesting paraphernalia from the head scratcher in the bedroom to the dog wheel in the kitchen!
Old Theatre Royal, 12 Old Orchard Street, Bath BA1 1JU – This delightful old theatre, now the Bath Masonic Hall, is open to the public during the week on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 11am and 2.30pm on Saturdays 2.30pm only (no tours when events are taking place). Take a look at the Theatre Jane Austen went to and where she set scenes in her books Northanger Abbey and Persuasion.
St Swithin’s Church at Walcot is the place where Jane Austen’s parents were married in April 1764, where her Grandfather Leigh and also her Father the Rev George Austen are buried. George Austen’s tomb stone can be seen near the railings in the garden to the left of the main entrance. It is a very pretty church with many memorials inside to the great and good of Bath. There is also an excellent cafe in the Crypt area.
Victoria Art Gallery, Bridge Street, Bath BA2 4AT – Spread over two floors, the collection covers three centuries of British paintings and sculptures, from Gainsborough to Constable to Sickert and Turner and a superb collection of decorative art treasures, including glittering Bohemian glass and ceramics.
Jane Austen’s Regency World – Magazine subscription available securely online. This delightful periodical has informative articles on all sorts of areas of life in the times of Jane Austen and associated pieces too. Jane Austen is for life not just for festivals!
Collector’s Library – All of Austen’s novels beautifully cloth-bound pocket-sized hardbacks with gilt edges and ribbon markers – only £8.99 each. Available from the Jane Austen Centre, 40 Gay Street, Bath BA1 2NT.
Shopping – Books!
Bath Old Books – 9c Margaret’s Buildings, Bath BA1 2LP +44(0)1225 422244 or email email@example.com – Book readers heaven! Situated between the Circus and Royal Crescent this gem of a shop is a superb place to find that old book you didn’t know you needed or there again perhaps you did!
George Bayntun Books – Manvers Street, Bath BA1 1JW. Bayntun’s is one of the world’s most famous bookshops and home to the Bayntun-Riviere bindery, which dates back to 1829. The bookshop specialises in fine bindings, both old and new, first and illustrated editions, with an emphasis on English literature…
Shopping – Costume and Antiques
Antique Textiles and Lighting – Fine 17th to 20th Century textiles, probably the largest collection in the UK. Includes lace and embroidery from the 16th Century onwards. 18th Century clothing, waistcoats and shoes. Fans, paisley shawls, beadwork and beaded bags. Silks, ribbons, quilts, tapestries and samplers. Also chandeliers and wall lights all restored and ready for installation.
34 Belvedere, Lansdown Road, Bath BA1 5HR
10.00 to 4pm (closed Monday and Thursday) or by appointment
Allana Marsh – Historical Costume Maker – Offering a unique experience to create your perfect outfit. Bespoke costumes made-to-measure for both men and women.
0789 630 5165
Other fun things to do
Jane Austen’s Sweethearts – A fun filled game to play with your Jane Austen loving friends. Jane Austen’s Sweethearts is a game of chance on the theme of love and marriage, based on the characters in Jane Austen’s novels. Whether you love the movies or the novels, or you are an expert on all things Jane, you can play this enjoyable card game. “Great fun, had a lovely evening spent in good company discussing Austen over this entertaining card game…” Jackie Herring – Festival Director.
Further Education – MA
Bath Spa University – Achieve more with Bath Spa’s MA in Jane Austen’s England. Not all postgraduate degree course are created equal. Study for yours at Bath Spa University and learn about one of the most creative periods of British history in one of the most creative and historical cities. You will explore the wider social, political and cultural history of a vital period between the American Revolution and the end of the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars, events that bookend Austen’s life. You’ll also benefit from Bath Spa’s links with the heritage sector, including the Jane Austen Centre and Chawton House Library. Get more from your future. Visit bathspa.ac.uk/pghistory
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