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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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40 Gay Street, Bath BA1 2NT, England
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Although we didn't go on the tour, we did go to the Regency tea rooms upstairs. We had searched Bath for the best deal on afternoon tea and the options here seemed like good value but ultimately we chose it for the setting. Upstairs is...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

I can't count myself as a Jane Austen devotee and yet I found the Jane Austen Centre to be surprisingly good. Loved the opportunity to try my hand at writing with quill and ink. A good mixture of information and fun.

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We didn’t really know this exhibition was in Bath but saw the name Jane Austen on a map and gave it a go. So glad we did! Starts with a short but informative chat about janes family and brief history. You are then led into...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We didn’t go in the Jane Austen Centre properly, just to look in the shop but we did go on the Jane Austen walking tour and it was FANTASTIC! Mr Knightly took us on a tour round Bath telling us about Jane Austen and the...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very well conducted tour, interesting and informative about Jane and her family. Loved the dressing up with Mr Darcy although my wife would have preferred Mr Firth! Well worth visiting.More

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

Dear Nick, Thank you for your charming review. We do our best to be interesting and informative here! Our Mr Darcy in the costume section of the exhibition may not be Mr Firth, but if you venture up to our Regency tearooms you'll find a...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You have an introductory talk first which is very informative. Then you are taken back in time to the late 18th century. Staff are on hand to help and answer any questions you may have. Spent just under an hour here.More

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

Dear Mark, Thank you very much for your charming five-star review. I'm so pleased that you found the Centre to be informative and our costumed guides to be helpful and able to answer all your questions. Do come and visit us again the next time...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

On our way to the Crescent we saw this and stopped at Jane Austin's top floor bedroom for elevenses. In January we had a window seat and the place to ourselves, not sure what it would be like in the main season ....More

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

Dear Seefoodie, I'm really glad you enjoyed your visit to the Regency tearooms. It does get busier here in the summer season (it's a rare treat indeed to have the tearooms to yourselves!), but the food, charm and atmosphere is here all year round! With...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This forms a permanent exhibition in an original Georgian townhouse in Gay Street, exploring the author's connections with Bath. You will be instructed by costumed character guides. The attraction details Austen's time in Bath, where she paid two long visits before settling there from 1801...More

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

Dear Angela, Thank you for your lovely review. "A must for Jane Austen fans" is precisely what we hope to be. You mentioned our gift shop filled with "the most niche Austen-related merchandise you never knew you needed". We also have an online gift shop...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

nice staff which are obviously passionate about their subject. overall there is little to see that has not been told or shown about Jane Austen before. the only unique object is the wax statue of Jane Austen. the entry fee should realistically be about 1/2...More

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Mary W, Front Office Manager at The Jane Austen Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Claire, Passion about Jane is certainly something which we have in abundance! However, we do also have lots to see and do here too. Some of the things we have to offer here are short videos, talks, and interactive experiences; such as the language...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Going into Jane Austen Centre was like walking through time, the scenery,costumes and atmosphere were superb. Overseas visitors are in awe of the life and works of Jane Austen.More

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Mary W, Front Office Manager at The Jane Austen Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear londonlady1938, Thank you very much for coming to visit us here at the Jane Austen Centre, and for writing us such a charming review afterwards. "Like walking through time" is high praise indeed and exactly what we hope we can do for our visitors....More

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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!
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