Exclusive for Mail on Sunday readers: Explore Jane Austen’s Bath with TV star Dr Lucy Worsley 


Exclusive for Mail on Sunday readers: Explore Jane Austen’s Bath with TV star Dr Lucy Worsley

Jane Austen’s home in the early 1800s, the setting for the Netflix hit Bridgerton, and a filming location for the BBC’s The Pursuit Of Love, the Georgian city of Bath has long been admired in print and on screen.

From Pride And Prejudice to Emma, Sense And Sensibility and Mansfield Park, Jane Austen’s romantic fiction continues to captivate. 

On this magical, exclusive break you’ll step back in time to Regency England and explore the towns and countryside that inspired many of her classic novels in the company of one of our favourite historians.

Inspiration: The village of Lacock featured in Pride And Prejudice

Bath has stunning sights at every turn, including the famous Roman baths

Bath has stunning sights at every turn, including the famous Roman baths

OUR SPECIAL GUEST

You will be joined by Dr Lucy Worsley

You will be joined by Dr Lucy Worsley

With a first-class honours degree in Ancient and Modern History from Oxford and a PhD in Art History from the University of Sussex, Dr Lucy Worsley OBE, above, is one of Britain’s leading historians. She is chief curator at Historic Royal Palaces and has presented historical BBC TV programmes including British History’s Biggest Fibs, Jane Austen: Behind Closed Doors and Suffragettes With Lucy Worsley.

TV presenter Dr Lucy Worsley, chief curator at Historic Royal Palaces and author of Jane Austen At Home: A Biography, will join you on this three-day break in Bath, where she will share her knowledge of Austen’s life and work.

REASONS TO BOOK

Exclusive talk by Dr Lucy Worsley: Austen lived in Bath between 1801 and 1806, and historian Dr Lucy Worsley will give a fascinating talk about the places that mattered to the author, many of which you’ll have the chance to visit during this trip.

Visit the Jane Austen Centre: Lucy will join you at the Jane Austen Centre, set in one of Bath’s classically decorated townhouses with guides in period costume, and on a literary-themed walking tour of the city. 

At the centre, you’ll get a snapshot of what it was like to live in the Regency period and explore how it impacted Jane Austen’s writing.

See Jane Austen’s home: You’ll also see Jane Austen’s house in Chawton, Hampshire, where she wrote, revised and published all six of her novels, as well as Chawton House, which was once owned by her brother Edward and was referred to in Jane’s letters as ‘the Great House’.

Trips to TV locations: On your final day you’ll visit two instantly recognisable Austen filming locations: the village of Lacock in Wiltshire and the 18th Century Palladian mansion Basildon Park, near Reading, both used in brilliant adaptations of Pride And Prejudice.

Discover the city of Bath: Established by the Romans in about 60 AD as a spa city around the hot springs in the River Avon valley, Bath has stunning sights at every turn. 

You’ll have time to explore all the highlights during your stay.

WHAT’S INCLUDED  

  • Two nights’ dinner, B&B at a four-star hotel in Bath.
  • Exclusive talk on the life and times of Jane Austen and Q&A with Dr Lucy Worsley.
  • Visit to Jane Austen’s House Museum in Chawton, Hampshire.
  • Tour of Chawton House.
  • Walking tour of Bath with Lucy.
  • Cruise on the River Avon.
  • Visit to filming locations.
  • Transport from London by private coach.
  • Services of Brightwater Holidays tour manager.

YOUR ITINERARY: DAY 1 Depart London. Visit Jane Austen’s house in Chawton, Hampshire, and Chawton House. Arrive at hotel in Bath for exclusive evening with Dr Lucy Worsley. DAY 2 Walking tour of Jane Austen’s Bath with Lucy, with visit to Jane Austen Centre. Cruise on River Avon. DAY 3 Visits to Lacock and Basildon Park. Return to London.

HOW TO BOOK

The price: From £865pp* for three days. The dates: October 5 to 7, 2021.

Call 01334 441 871 quoting ref MOS LUCY WORSLEY. To find out more, visit mailtravel.co.uk/lucywbath.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: * Price based on two sharing a room. Single supplement: £145pp. Timings of Dr Lucy Worsley’s events are subject to change and there may be slight alterations to the itinerary due to operational restrictions. For full T&Cs, visit mailtravel.co.uk/lucywbath. 

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