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The Jane Austen Centre

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Address: 40 Gay Street, Bath BA1 2NT, England
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+44 1225 443000
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10:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Fri 10:00 - 16:00
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The Jane Austen Centre features a permanent exhibition that tells the story...

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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Good for those who know little about Jane's life

I've been an avid Jane Austen reader since about the age of 11, and subsequently because of this I've spent time over the last 10 years reading about her life and history outside... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Chelmsford, UK
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I didn't really feel this was a proper Jane Austen experience. First off, it has lots of useful info on the Austen family and the influence of Bath on her books and life story, but it's really just a 15 minute history lesson with videos and graphics. I couldn't see that the stuff they have on exhibit there is directly... More 

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Mary W, Front Office Manager at The Jane Austen Centre, responded to this review

Dear TSYChelmsfordUK, I'm sorry that you were left feeling disappointed following your visit. We fully accept that we're not a museum filled with items from Jane's life, but instead seek to promote her and her work through interactive exhibits and allowing visitors to connect with the times in which she lived. As well as our videos, costumes, portraits and introductory... More 

Los Gatos, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We love Jane Austen, her writing, her times, her clothes, her life. That is why, when we visited Bath, we were drawn away from the very impressive abbey and Roman baths in order to make our way to Gay Street where Jane and her family resided for a time. Her house is now a small museum, and it is just... More 

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Mary W, Front Office Manager at The Jane Austen Centre, responded to this review

Dear VWriter, I'm delighted to read that you had such a lovely time with us here at the Jane Austen Centre. We do our best to educate, entertain and inform visitors about Jane, her life, and her time in Bath through talks, videos, interactive experiences, and replicas of items which she would have owned. I'm so glad that you had... More 

Exmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I love Jane's books and she is one of my favourite authors. A must for her followers. They provided a ramp for me to access the building. I could not see all but it was very happy with what I could see. A nice touch to be meet by Mr Bennett at the door. Providing clothes for children to dress... More 

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Mary W, Front Office Manager at The Jane Austen Centre, responded to this review

Dear jeanndeavid, Thank you for coming to visit the Jane Austen Centre and writing us such a lovely five-star review following your time with us! Sadly being a listed building we're unable to alter the building to make the Regency tearooms and top talk room wheelchair accessible, but I'm so glad that you enjoyed touring the main exhibition and having... More 

Surrey, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is definitely for Jane Austen fans!Its nice to have informative staff regarding her life and her connection in Bath.They have maximised the centre with the Regency Tea Rooms upstairs.

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Thank Maria W
Mary W, Front Office Manager at The Jane Austen Centre, responded to this review

Dear Maria, Thank you for coming to visit us at the centre and for writing us such a lovely five-star review afterwards. I'm so pleased that you enjoyed your time with us learning more about Jane Austen, her time in Bath, and all things Regency. Do come and visit us and the tearooms again! Mary More 

Ramsgate, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had an absolutely lovely time at the centre. The exhibits were interesting and the staff very pleasant and knowledgeable. Particularly enjoyed the dressing up area and having a afternoon tea in the onsite restaurant which is all Jane Austen themed.

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Mary W, Front Office Manager at The Jane Austen Centre, responded to this review

Dear Gumus82, Thank you for coming to visit us, and taking the time afterwards to write us a five-star review recommending the Jane Austen Centre to other Jane Austen fans who’re visiting Bath. I’m glad to read that you had a good time at the centre with our pleasant and knowledgable staff, trying on Regency dress, and taking tea in... More 

Salem, Massachusetts
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I read in my guidebook that this is not a great museum and was not recommended, but being a huge Jane Austen fan I decided to try anyway. Sadly, it is somewhat small, and not particularly interesting. The staff were very sweet and the tour guide was lovely, but the museum just doesn't have much of anything in it beyond... More 

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Mary W, Front Office Manager at The Jane Austen Centre, responded to this review

Dear Jeanne, I’m sorry that you felt the centre to be mainly painted wall displays and things to take photos with. We do have these, but in addition we also have artwork depicting Jane and her family, the language of the fan (and a chance to try it out), Regency games to play, lovely costumes for visitors to try on,... More 

London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've been an avid Jane Austen reader since about the age of 11, and subsequently because of this I've spent time over the last 10 years reading about her life and history outside of her books. While I was very excited to go to the Jane Austen Centre with a friend, I was disappointed slightly by the lacking information it... More 

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Thank Lucy C
Mary W, Front Office Manager at The Jane Austen Centre, responded to this review

Dear Lucy, Thank you for coming to visit us at the centre and taking the time to write us a review afterwards. I’m so glad to hear that you're an avid Jane Austen fan, and that you enjoyed your time here and had a fun time looking around. I’m sorry that you feel that the centre is only about Jane's... More 

Braintree, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Jane Austen lived in a house in Gay Street very similar to this one. The Centre tells the story of Jane's time in Bath and the use she made of her experiences in her novels. There are displays of artifacts relating to Jane and to life in Georgian Bath. Upstairs are the Regency Tea Rooms where you can get great... More 

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Thank Diana089
Mary W, Front Office Manager at The Jane Austen Centre, responded to this review

Dear Diana, Thank you for such a lovely 5-star review. I'm so pleased that you had such a good time with us and explored not only the exhibition and giftshop, but also the fares which our Regency Tea Rooms have to offer. The cream teas in particular are especially good I feel! Do come and visit us again. With my... More 

Jarrow,England
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had our 13 year old daughter with us who is an aspiring writer who seeks out strong role models. She loved hearing about Janes life, she asked lots of questions that were answered by our guide in depth and with an obvious enthusiasm. There are opportunities to dress up, try writing with quills and to play parlour games. By... More 

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Thank JarraMag
Mary W, Front Office Manager at The Jane Austen Centre, responded to this review

Dear JarraMag, Thank you for taking the time after your visit to write us such a charming review. I'm delighted that your daughter had such a wonderful time with us at the centre and is now a Jane Austen fan! That is one of our dearest aims at the centre - to inspire new Jane Austen fans, so I'm so... More 

Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you are an Jane Austen fan, and ever in Bath, you must go to this museum. It's not as big as a lot of other museums, however the information is good. There is a tour guide/ speaker, a small photograph gallery, a movie to view, and you can see the actual writing desk, and other artifacts that Jane Austen... More 

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Thank dejemahan
Mary W, Front Office Manager at The Jane Austen Centre, responded to this review

Dear dejemahan, Thank you for coming to visit us here at the centre and for taking the time to write us such a lovely review afterwards. It's great to read that you enjoyed getting involved in the interactive elements of the exhibition, and seeing objects from the period (some of which being versions of objects which Jane herself owned, though... More 

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