Recommendation by Lemi
While in Bath, drop by on a few true-to-life places that made their way into Jane’s novels and were even used for the BBC’s screen adaptations. The beautiful Georgian-style halls of Bath Assembly Rooms (also known as the Upper Rooms) were always busy with concerts, dances, and card games. Dancing, as we known from Jane Austen’s work, sparked romance and encourage courtships. Women out in society mingled and preened in their most dazzling clothes—an extensive collection is even on display in the Bath Fashion Museum on the lower ground floor. Catherine Morland, the wide-eyed heroine of “Northanger Abbey,” first encounters Bath society in the Upper Rooms. She spends a disappointing night with her aunt, because they were not “acquainted” with anyone at the party. Unfazed, she tries once more in the now-lost Lower Rooms, and meets Henry Tilney. They hit it off on the dance floor, becoming fast friends.
Open today: 10:30-18:00
Bennett Street, Bath, Somerset, England, United Kingdom
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