You’ve read the books. You’ve read about the author. But still, you want more. If you travel to England there are three choice places that any Jane Austen fan needs to add to their list of experiences.
Jane Austen’s House Museum
The building that houses the museum was once Jane Austen’s home. Walk through the halls, see her writing desk, sit in the garden and peruse the well stock gift shop. During the last eight years of her life she wrote and edited some of our favorite works here. The building is located in Chawton, England and has a reasonably price entry fee ranging from four to seven pounds depending on the time of the year.
The website had event information and links to other Austen related websites worth checking out. If you can’t make it to England they have a short flash image tour you can watch online; not as impressive as being there in person but a beautiful sentiment.
To say cathedrals from the 11th century are beautiful is an understatement. In many cases they are breath taking and one does not need to be from a religious background to enjoy their history. The Winchester Cathedral is located in Hampshire, England and is the resting place of Jane Austen. She is buried in the nave “close to familiar acquaintances”.
The website makes two small mentions of her. First, that there is a tomb where she lies; and second, that there is a special tour: “Jane Austen – Her Life and Times” which “offers visitors an intimate and often amusing insight into her life.” You will also find notable historical information about the church, other public tours and directions. Be sure to check out the photo gallery for amazing photos of this architectural beauty.
Jane Austen Center
She lived in Bath, England for five years and many of her novels mention or describe it. While she did not live in residence in this building, it seems most logical that there would be a center dedicated to her. The Center was “created with the guidance of local members of the Jane Austen Society and authorities”. The exhibition’s main focus is the five years that Austen spent here. The gift shop offers all the usual Jane Austen paraphernalia including period costumes (or patterns to make your own).
The website offers the latest tourist information (including tours), a monthly newsletter that can be read online or delivered by email, and a bit of historical information like famous people from Regency society.
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This piece was originally posted on 5/13/2009 at Literary Fiction, BellaOnline.