Jane Austen must be one of Somerset’s all-time favourite authors. The famous novelist paid two long visits to Bath towards the end of the 18th century and from 1801-1806 she called the vibrant city her home.
Her first real experience of Bath was at her aunt’s residence, No 1 The Paragon. Sydney Place was reportedly the property where Jane wrote one of her first novels, Northanger Abbey while gazing out of her bedroom window on to Sydney Gardens.
The novelist has a small museum dedicated to her - The Jane Austen Centre in Gay
Street explores her life and well-loved books by retracing her steps and discovering her favourite Bath haunts.