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National Trust – Dyrham Park

Dyrham, near Bath, Gloucestershire, SN14 8HY
At Dyrham Park a herd of fallow deer roam the 270 acres of ancient parkland, full of magnificent trees and breathtaking views. In the garden there are formal borders, idyllic ponds and a wildflower orchard. Inside the house you can get a flavour of 17th-century life with a fine collection of Dutch ceramics and art.

National Trust – Prior Park/ Bath Skyline

Ralph Allen Drive, Bath, Somerset, BA2 5AH
One of only four Palladian bridges of this design in the world can be crossed at Prior Park, which was created in the 18th century. The garden is set in a sweeping valley where visitors can enjoy magnificent views of Bath. A five-minute walk leads to the Bath Skyline, a six-mile circular route of woodlands, meadows and spectacular views.

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.

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.

Publications

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!

Bookshop

Waterstones

Milsom Street, Bath BA1 1DA
Waterstones Bath is the largest bookshop in the city. Since opening in the 1980s it has become a treasure for Bathonians and visitors alike and is the location from 10th to 17th September for the readings of Northanger Abbey. The readings take place upstairs near the Café amongst the books and is wheelchair accessible via a lift. The café is down a set of stairs and not wheelchair accessible but the important WC facilities are.