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Are You Ready To Fly Into The World Of Jane Austen?

Plan a visit to the places that had once played important roles in this author's life to celebrate her works!

By Rina Ahmad | July 12, 2017

To mark the 200th anniversary of British novelist Jane Austen, British Airways has selected four places in the UK for travellers from Kuala Lumpur to explore the world of Jane Austen. You can  connect to train services from London Heathrow to begin your tour to Hampshire, Bath, Lyme Regis and Sheffield – places that played an important role in the author’s life and work.

Return fares from Kuala Lumpur to London starts from RM2,964* for World Traveller economy and RM 5,407 for World Traveller Plus premium economy class. With British Airways’ daily direct flights to London on the most technologically advanced aircraft Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, you will arrive in London early in the afternoon so you can make an easy transit onto the metro to begin your travel to the world of Jane Austen.

British Airways currently operates a daily service between Kuala Lumpur and London.

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The Cob at Lyme Regis 

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A popular place for summer vacation, Jane and her family visited this 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. You can walk along the famous harbour, the Cobb, to relive her inspirations.

6. Chatsworth House, Bakewell in Derbyshire, UK (Cr. VisitBritain)

Chatsworth House

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We love the illustrations and imagery from Pride and Prejudice so you’ll be happy to note that 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.

4. People dressed in period costume for the Jane Austen Festival in Bath (Cr. VisitBritain)

The Jane Austen Festival in Bath 

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Want to experience a day like Jane Austen in Bath, where she lived from 1801 to 1806? Take a free audio walking tour through the city which includes extract from her novels and letters while soaking in the beautiful Georgian architecture depicted in 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. You 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. Jane Austen's House Museum Dining Room (Cr. Peter Smith ©Jane Austen's House Museum)

The Dining Room of Jane Austen’s House Museum

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Hampshire holds a significant place for Jane Austen as her birth and resting place. Start at Jane Austen’s House Museum in the quiet village of Chawton. It was here that she wrote and revised six of her most famous novels. Her country home that was built in the 17th century opens 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.

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