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The Jane Austen Centre

40 Gay Street, Bath BA1 2NT, England
+44 1225 443000
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The Jane Austen Centre features a permanent exhibition that tells the story of Bath's most famous resident, the author Jane Austen. It explores the effect that living in the Georgian city had on her life and writing. There is a delightful Giftshop on the ground floor, which sells unique items bespoke to the Jane Austen Centre, and a delicious Regency Tea Room on the 2nd floor, which offers 17 varieties of leafed tea to go with our locally baked cakes. The Centre organises an annual Jane Austen Festival as well as walking tours of the city with an Austen theme. Costumed Guides will take you through the exhibition and be on hand to satisfy your quest for knowledge of all things Austen. You will get to taste some period-recipe food, dress up in Regency costume, and have your photo take with the world famous Jane Austen waxwork.
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  • Average19%
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40 Gay Street, Bath BA1 2NT, England
+44 1225 443000
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Excellent venue. The short movie was interesting. The museum is well presented. The butler outside provides a warm welcome

Thank Khadiatou D
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We didn't know a great deal about Jane Austen before we visited but the staff delivered information that was interesting and informative. Some guided tours can be a little dry but our guide really brought things to life. Recommend.

Thank Jeremy P
Reviewed 2 days ago

A must-see for any Austen fan - you can try on costumes, scents and read her letters and background. The gift shop is cute too

Thank thari525
Reviewed 4 days ago

We spent the afternoon with Moira. What a blast and what a fabulous personality! If you are looking for someone with a passion for Jane Austen, who finds great pleasure sharing tidbits and stories of Jane's fiction and life, book a tour with Moira. In...More

Thank searchinggreatfood
Reviewed 4 days ago

The museum is designed to prevent over crowding in the small space by creating small tour groups for the start of the tour. Guides (and all staff) are dressed in period clothes of the regency era to fit with the life and times of Jane...More

Thank Lisa_kieffer
Reviewed 6 days ago

My daughter and I had tea here and we absolutely loved it. The setting was nice and comfortable. The tea was wonderful. The scones and finger sandwiches were also very good. The staff dresses in period character. We both loved it.

Thank caloriecounter
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A visit to Bath should include a visit to the Jane Austen Center. The live narrator does a good job talking about Jane's life and current happenings in the center. Several interactive exhibits have been added to make it fun and informative for even those...More

Thank TravelingSpinsterTA
Mary W, Front Office Manager at The Jane Austen Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear TravelingSpinsterTA, I'm delighted that you agree with us that a visit to Bath should include a visit to the Jane Austen Centre. Our costumed guides/live narrators really are passionate about Jane and promoting her life and works to all of our visitors. Our ultimate...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My girlfriend is a huge Jane Austen fan. This was a great spot for us to explore and learn more about Austen and her life. It starts with a video and then a guide tells you about Jane and her life. Then you go through...More

Thank USCKaboom
Mary W, Front Office Manager at The Jane Austen Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear USCKaboom, I'm delighted that yourself (not a huge Jane fan) and your girlfriend (who is) both had a fantastic time visiting the Centre. We do our very best to be a must-visit for both fans of Jane and fans-to-be alike. With my very best...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a great learning experience even if not a Jane Austen fan. The tour is great and educational. The staff are very friendly. Try on period costumes. You really get a feel of life in her time.More

Thank TheCarat
Mary W, Front Office Manager at The Jane Austen Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear TheCarat, Thank you for such kind words! We do our best at the Centre to inspire a love of Jane in everyone, both fans and newcomers to her work alike, and to be a place where everybody feels welcome the moment they arrive at...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you're a fan of Jane Austen then it is worth visiting this attraction. The staff are all in period clothes and at the beginning of your tour you are given a talk on her family life and her works which was very interesting. Downstairs...More

Thank TravellingEllie1234
Mary W, Front Office Manager at The Jane Austen Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear TravellingEllie1234, Thank you for your marvellous five-star review of the Centre following your visit to us. I'm so pleased rear you enjoyed your time with us! (Our online giftshop is also dangerous for the same reason you mentioned - too many nice gifts!) With...More

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22 April 2017|
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Response from Mary W | Property representative |
We recommend about an hour, but it depends how long you want to spend with us. There's no time limit and are more than welcome to stay with us for as long as you like!