With a first-class honours degree in Ancient and Modern History from Oxford University and PhD in Art History from the University of Sussex, Lucy Worsley OBE is one of Britain's leading historians. Worsley currently acts as chief curator at Historic Royal Palaces and is well known for presenting historical BBC Television series, including A Very British Romance (2015), Lucy Worsley: Mozart's London Odyssey (2016) and British History's Biggest Fibs with Lucy Worsley (2017) - which debunked historical views of the Wars of the Roses, the Glorious Revolution and the British occupation of India. Lucy has also written a number of books, including a children's novel, teen history book and a biography of Jane Austen.
Discover Jane Austen’s Bath with Lucy Worsley
Step back in time to Regency England and explore the city and countryside that inspired many of Jane Austen's novels. From Pride And Prejudice and Emma to Sense And Sensibility and Mansfield Park, Austen's romantic fiction continues to captivate, and on this tour, you'll get a fresh perspective on her work from one of our favourite historians. Lucy Worsley, who is also the author of Jane Austen At Home: A Biography, will join you on this three-day break in the Georgian city of Bath.
Austen lived here between 1801 and 1806, and Lucy will give a fascinating talk about the places that mattered to her, many of which you'll have the chance to visit. Plus, Lucy will join you at the Jane Austen Centre, which is set in a classically decorated Bath townhouse and has guides in period costumes, and on a literary-themed walking tour of the city.
You'll also see Jane Austen's House in Chawton, Hampshire, where she wrote her six major novels, as well as Chawton House, which was once owned by Austen's brother, Edward, and referred to by her in her letters as the 'Great House'.
On the final day, you'll visit two filming locations, the village of Lacock and Basildon Park, both of which were used in adaptations of Pride And Prejudice. 'It is a truth universally acknowledged that' this short break is a must for Austen fans.
Reasons to book
Visit Basildon Park
Jane Austen's house
Spend time with Lucy Worsley
Jane Austen's Bath with Lucy Worsley
Avon River cruise
Stylish four-star hotel
Your expert guides
- Transport from London by private coach
- Services of a Brightwater Holidays tour manager
- Two nights at the four-star Henrietta House Hotel in Bath with breakfasts and dinners included
- An exclusive talk on the life and times of Jane Austen and a Q&A session with Lucy
- Visit to Jane Austen's House Museum
- Tour of Chawton House
- Bath walking tour with Lucy
- River Avon cruise
- Visits to filming locations
Day1Jane Austen's House, Chawton plus talk and Q&A with Lucy WorsleyChawton, United Kingdom
Depart from pick-up points in London and transfer to Jane Austen's House in Chawton, Hampshire, regarded as the most treasured Austen site in the world. It is here that Jane's genius flourished and where she wrote, revised and published all her novels. Today, Jane Austen's House is a Grade I listed building and one of the most important literary sites in the world, attracting tens of thousands of visitors each year. The Museum holds an important collection of objects associated with Jane, including letters written by her and personal effects belonging to her and her family. Particular highlights include her jewellery, first editions of her books, furniture, textiles and the table at which she wrote her much-loved novels.
Continue to nearby Chawton House, the 'Great House' referred to in Jane's letters, which was owned by her brother Edward. The house has undergone centuries of change and development as it has passed through different hands, making it rich with quirky and fascinating features, from graffiti on paintings and 'witch marks' on walls, to heraldic stained glass windows and ornately carved fireplaces.
Then continue on to your hotel in Bath, where you will be joined by our celebrity guest Lucy Worsley, a well known historian and writer, who will give a talk on the life and times of Jane Austen and host a Question and Answer session.
Day2Bath tour with Lucy WorsleyBath, United Kingdom
After breakfast, Lucy Worsley will accompany you on a full day in the city of Bath, which is closely associated with Jane Austen, who lived here for some years before moving to Chawton and used the city as the backdrop to Northanger Abbey and Persuasion. You'll be joined by a local guide for a walking tour of 'Jane Austen's Bath', featuring some of the finest examples of Georgian architecture in the country.
Continue with a visit to the Jane Austen Centre, set in a classically decorated Georgian townhouse, where guides in period costume will provide an exciting and informative account of the author's association with Bath. This afternoon, cruise along the River Avon as far as Bathampton. Here there will be an opportunity to explore this lovely village and enjoy drinks or afternoon tea beside the river (not included) re-joining the boat and cruising back down river to Bath. Later, return to the hotel where dinner is served in the evening.
Day3Lacock and Basildon ParkBasildon, United Kingdom
After breakfast, depart for the village of Lacock in Wiltshire, which will be instantly recognisable, having been used as the location for countless TV and film period costume dramas, from Cranford to Wolf Hall and Harry Potter. It also featured prominently in the BBC's acclaimed adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice with Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth.
Your final visit is to the grand 18th century Palladian mansion Basildon Park, near Reading, used as the location for Mr Bingley's house Netherfield in the 2005 film production of Pride and Prejudice with Keira Knightley and Matthew MacFadyen. The interior boasts a richly decorated Neo-classical hall, a spectacular staircase hall with cantilevered stairs and arched first floor gallery, an octagonal drawing room with heavy Italianate ceilings and an upstairs shell room created by Lady Iliffe. Following this visit, you'll return to your original departure point in central London.
Henrietta House, Bath
Four-star Art Deco hotel five minutes from the centre of Bath
Henrietta House is a large Art Deco-style hotel on a classic Georgian terrace in Bath, with an elegant bar and a peaceful atmosphere. The centre of town is just a short walk away via Pulteney Bridge. Rooms are individually designed and each includes a mini-bar and tea and coffee-making facilities.
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