Jane and her family moved to Bath in 1801 when it was a busy, stylish city with elegant houses and fashionable meeting places. Both she and her sister were unmarried and, with lots of balls and social events, it was probably seen as a good place to find a husband. She left Bath five years later when her father died unexpectedly, leaving the family in economic difficulties.
Now the city celebrates the life of its most famous resident, 200 years after her death. As well as the Jane Austen Centre, there is a Jane Austen Festival which takes place every year. It includes theatre performances, lectures, Jane Austen tours and even a summer ball. You can still walk along some of the elegant roads that Jane did, like The Royal Crescent, take afternoon tea and cake in The Pump Rooms and visit The Assembly Rooms where she attended balls and evening parties.
Although two of her novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, were set in Bath she didn’t really like the city. Jane spent the last years of her life in the small village of Chawton and her house there is now a museum. Real fans often find it more personal and inspiring than Bath.