Fly Bri­tish Air­ways into the world of Jane Austen

Kuwait Times - - BUSINESS -

To mark the 200th an­niver­sary of the great Bri­tish nov­el­ist Jane Austen, Bri­tish Air­ways se­lected four places in the UK for trav­ellers from Kuwait to ex­plore the world of Jane Austen. Trav­ellers can en­joy great value re­turn fares from Kuwait with daily di­rect flights ar­riv­ing early af­ter­noon to Lon­don mak­ing for easy tran­sit onto the metro to be­gin their tour to Hamp­shire, Bath, Lyme Regis and Sh­effield - places that play an im­por­tant role in the au­thor’s life and work.

1. Hamp­shire: Hamp­shire holds a sig­nif­i­cant place for Jane Austen as her birth and rest­ing place. Vis­i­tors can start with Jane Austen’s House Mu­seum in the quiet vil­lage of Chaw­ton. It was here that Austen wrote and re­vised six of her most fa­mous nov­els. She re­vised her manuscripts for “Sense & Sen­si­bil­ity”, “Pride & Prej­u­dice” and “Northanger Abbey”, and wrote “Mans­field Park”, “Emma” and “Per­sua­sion”. This beau­ti­ful county is the per­fect blend of city, coast, and coun­try. Vis­i­tors can visit Austen’s coun­try home that was built in the 17th cen­tury which open daily. The county is host­ing the “Jane Austen 200” to cel­e­brate her life with nu­mer­ous events in­clud­ing spe­cial ex­hi­bi­tions, tours, talks, and per­for­mances to hon­our the nov­el­ist. (Im­age: The Din­ing Room (Cr. Peter Smith) of Jane Austen’s House Mu­seum, Chaw­ton, Hamp­shire, UK. (c) Jane Austen’s House Mu­seum)

2. Bath: En­thu­si­asts can ex­pe­ri­ence a day like Jane Austen in Bath, where she lived from 1801 to 1806. Ad­mir­ers can take a free au­dio walk­ing tour through the city which in­cludes ex­tract from Jane Austen’s nov­els and let­ters while soak­ing in the beau­ti­ful Ge­or­gian ar­chi­tec­ture de­picted in the Northanger Abbey and Per­sua­sion. Af­ter the tour, “Tea with Mr. Darcy” at the Re­gency Tea Room lo­cated in the Jane Austen Cen­ter is highly rec­om­mended. Vis­i­tors can en­joy de­li­cious fin­ger sand­wiches, home­made cakes, a pot of tea and dress up in a se­lec­tion of Re­gency cos­tumes. Bri­tish Air­ways’ cus­tomers can take ad­van­tage of a free train ride from Lon­don to Bath through its part­ner­ship with the Great Western Rail­way. (Im­age: Peo­ple dressed in pe­riod cos­tume for the Jane Austen Fes­ti­val in Bath, Credit: VisitBri­tain)

3. Lyme Regis: For Austen fans who love the beach, Lyme Regis is the per­fect place to ex­pe­ri­ence both. A pop­u­lar place for sum­mer va­ca­tion, Austen and her fam­ily vis­ited the southern coast twice, once in 1803 and in 1804. The quaint coastal town im­pressed the writer so much so that she used it for the set­ting of her book, Per­sua­sion, which is be­lieved to be Austen’s most au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal book. Vis­i­tors can walk along the fa­mous har­bour, the Cobb, to re­live her in­spi­ra­tions. (Im­age: The Cob at Lyme Regis at dawn, with the Juras­sic Coast be­yond, Dorset, Eng­land, UK. Credit: VisitBri­tain)

4. Sh­effield: Vis­i­tors who love the il­lus­tra­tions and im­agery from “Pride and Prej­u­dice” should not miss the Chatsworth House lo­cated in Der­byshire. Schol­ars be­lieve that Pem­berely, the fic­tional coun­try es­tate owned by Fitzwilliam Darcy, was in­spired by the Chatsworth House Bakewell in Der­byshire. To­day, the prop­erty serves as home to the Duke and Duchess of Devon­shire, but it also opens its 105 acres of gar­dens, 30 lav­ish rooms and one of Europe’s largest col­lec­tions of art for pub­lic to visit. (Im­age: Chatsworth, a large man­sion founded in the 16th cen­tury and added to and ex­ten­sively re­mod­elled over cen­turies, seen from across the lake in the park, re­flected in the flat calm water sur­face. Credit: VisitBri­tain)

Bri­tish Air­ways cur­rently op­er­ates a daily ser­vice be­tween Kuwait and Lon­don. All flights from Kuwait ar­rive at the air­line’s state-of-the-art home at Lon­don Heathrow Ter­mi­nal 5.

Chatsworth House, Bakewell in Der­byshire.

The Cobb at Lyme Regis at dawn, with the Juras­sic Coast be­yond, Dorset.

Peo­ple dressed in pe­riod cos­tume for the Jane Austen Fes­ti­val in Bath

Jane Austen wood­cut

Jane Austen’s House Mu­seum

Jane Austen’s House Mu­seum Din­ing Room

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