Book lovers celebrating National Reading Day can honour the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen by visiting the places that inspired her greatest works with British Airways. Spanning from Hampshire to Sheffield, travellers can make an easy transit with the metro to begin their journey.
Enjoy all-in fares from S$1,208 on World Traveller economy from Singapore to London with British Airways. The fares are available for booking from now until 21 July 2017, and valid for travel until 31 March 2018.
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.
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.
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.
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.