If you've ever picked up a Jane Austen novel or seen any of the movies based on her work, you've heard of Bath, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in England. Jane Austen lived in Bath for a while and her descriptions of life there were vivid, colourful, and inviting. Today, the Jane Austen Museum has themed exhibits and tea rooms.
Of course the main attractions in Bath are the ancient baths at The Pump Room in the Abbey church yard that date back to the time of the Roman Empire. The Romans occupied Bath starting around 8,000 BC. The baths were constructed on the site of natural hot springs that keep the water at 46 °C to this day. The Thermae Bath Spa is the location of the modern New Royal Spa Bath which blends modern amenities and ancient architecture.
Bath has 17 museums that trace the rich history of the area. The Fashion Museum traces 400 years of fashion history. Bath's Original Theatre Royal and Masonic Lodge have been converted into a museum. Historical sites include The Circus, The Assembly Room with its ballroom, tea room, and card room, Dyrham Mark, a 17th-century mansion, and The Royal Crescent.
This year, there are a number of celebrations that will make a visit to Bath even more special. This September, the annual 10-day Jane Austen Festival will take place from September 12 - 21st. Events will include a Costumed Promenade, dinners, walking tours, dance workshops and readings of excerpts from her novels.
2014 is the 300-year anniversary of the Duke George of Hanover of Germany became the King of England after Queen Anne died before she had children. George II enjoyed the Roman baths in Bath and gradually other noted members of society would go there for holidays. There are Georgian treasures to be discovered in museums in Bath. There will be special celebrations to mark the anniversary.
Places to stay in Bath include The Bath Priory Hotel, Restaurant & Spa, Queensberry Hotel, and Macdonald Bath Spa Hotel.
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