Recommended Accommodation

The Abbey Hotel – 1 North Parade, Bath BA1 1LF, with its central location close to the Abbey, Guildhall and Pump Rooms this is an ideal place to stay if you wish to be amongst the hustle and bustle of the city and the Festival.

Bath Boutique Stays – 4 Sydney Place, Bath – if you would like to stay where the Austen’s lived for 3 years in Bath this delightful first floor apartment, with its views of Sydney Gardens is  what was the sitting room of the house and is suitable for a maximum of 2 occupants.

Dorian House – 1 Upper Oldfield Park, Bath BA2 3JX +44(0)1225 426336  – Enter an atmosphere of period charm in Dorian House, built of Bath stone circa 1880. Extensively refurbished in 2009 with marble bathrooms and high pressure showers. There is a musical connection with each of the rooms, great fun.

The Halcyon – 2/3 South Parade, Bath BA2 4AA +44(0) 1225 444100 – really comfortable and welcoming boutique hotel very close to Bath Abbey and the Roman Baths and the finish of the promenade in Parade Gardens. Very short distance from train station and close to city centre car parks. Ideal central location.

The Royal Crescent Hotel – 16 Royal Crescent, Bath BA1 2LS +44(0)1225 447427 – superb views over the city from this really prestigious location. Wonderful luxurious hotel where all the famous stay.

Sir Walter Elliot’s House – 95 Sydney Place, Bath BA2 6NE +44(0)1225 469435 – Step back in time… and enjoy the elegance of Sir Walter Elliot’s House as filmed in Persuasion. This amazing Regency town house has been lovingly restored to make your stay authentic and comfortable but with all the essential mods cons! For special rates quote JAC 2013. Particularly good if you are a large party and want to feel truly Regency, the very accommodating hosts love nothing better than a house full, why not hire it for the duration of the Festival.  HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Avonvale carpets have kindly sponsored the Festival

Situated at 37 Kingsmead Street, Bath BA1 2AA you will see one of their chlidema woven carpets as part of the scenery of ‘Simply Jane’ on Monday 16th September at The Mission Theatre. There is also an example of this traditional and ancient form of weaving in the Pump Rooms in Bath. For a true Regency feel for your sitting room visit Avonvale and talk to Paul and Jim.

Crest Nicholson – Bath Riverside Apartments

Are you smitten? Have you fallen for Bath’s charms? Then why not take a look at these wonderful sophisticated new apartments. Bath Riverside is a prestigious development located across the River Avon from Victoria Park and the Georgian beauty of Queen Square, yet within walking distance of Bath’s fantastic mix of historic buildings, shops and restaurants.

Recommended Restaurants

The Allium Brasserie –  at The Abbey Hotel, 1 North Parade, Bath BA1 1LF – Mr Darcy’s and Jane Austen Cocktails, two for the price of one served between 2pm – 7pm throughout the Festival. Besides the cocktails this wonderful restaurant serves the most delicious food and is ideally located for lunch on Promenade day.

Tilleys Bistro – 3 North Parade Passage, Bath +44(0)1225 484200 – imaginative menu and delicious puddings very central and close to Bath Abbey. Ideal lunchtime location on Promenade day why not book a table.

Jane Austen Centre Regency Tea Rooms – 40 Gay Street, Bath BA1 2NT +44(0)1225 443000 ext 204. An oasis of calm in the hustle and bustle of the city of Bath. Lovely pots of leaf tea, delicious cakes and of course ‘Tea with Mr Darcy’!

Local Interest

Fashion Museum – Assembly Rooms, Bennett Street, Bath BA1 2QH +44(0)1225 – Celebrating 50 years of the Fashion Museum in Bath 1963 – 2013 a must for everyone is the exhibition 50 Fabulous Frocks on now.

National Trust in the village of Lacock. This delightful village is often used by film crews and was Meryton in the 1995 BBC production of Pride & Prejudice with Colin Firth. Just 30 minutes from Bath, Lacock Abbey was also the back drop for Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films.

National Trust at – Prior Park Landscape Garden. Visit this 18th century hidden gem and enjoy free entry if you arrive in Regency costume. Within an easy bus ride of the city centre why not visit one of only four Palladian bridges in the world in what was Ralph Allen’s back garden with its stunning views of Bath.

No.1 Royal Crescent (Bath Preservation Trust) Bath BA1 2LR +44(0)1225 428126 – 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.

Thermae Bath Spa – Hot Bath Street, Bath BA1 1SJ 0844 888 0844 – Treat yourself to an evening at Thermae Bath Spa and enjoy bathing in the warm, mineral-rich waters along with a light meal in the Springs Restaurant. The Twilight Package is available Sunday-Friday from 4pm with last full entry into the Spa at 6pm and last serving in the Restaurant at 8.15pm. There is nothing quite like bathing in the rooftop pool overlooking the beautiful city of Bath as the sun sets, a very unique and special experience!

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!

Collector’s Library – Complete set of Austen novels available online or from the Jane Austen Centre giftshop, 40 Gay Street, Bath BA1 2NT at just £39.99 small, beautifully put together, with ribbon markers and in a presentation box.

Shopping – Books!

Bath Old Books – 9c Margaret’s Buildings, Bath BA1 2LP +44(0)1225 422244 or email batholdbooks@yahoo.co.uk – 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!