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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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09:45 - 17:30
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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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If you love Jane Austen then it's lovely

I love Jane Austen so was not going to miss out and had a lovely time, the costumed guides were great and so informative, but my boyfriend found it a bit repetitive (there's a... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Great Dunmow, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I suggest you have to be a very very big fan of Jan Austin to pay the fee to see this disappointing place. There is not a lot there to see and I felt the cost was too high for what you get.

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Runcorn, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I must say that the staff were lovely but it is not worth the £11. If you take a pic of front door and buy the £3 book in the shop you will have the same experience.

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1 Thank ronnie19632015
Mary W, Front Office Manager at The Jane Austen Centre, responded to this review

Dear Ronnie, Thank you for coming to see us and for giving our staff a lovely review. I'm sorry that you weren't so impressed with the centre itself however. We give our visitors plenty to look at and interact with through our displays, our Regency costumes, our videos, introductory talk, portrait section, Regency games, and much more besides - so... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I love Jane Austen so was not going to miss out and had a lovely time, the costumed guides were great and so informative, but my boyfriend found it a bit repetitive (there's a short video to watch before the costumed guide chats to you about Janes life and a video in the gallery after and even I have to... More 

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Thank kmullan89
Mary W, Front Office Manager at The Jane Austen Centre, responded to this review

Dear kmullan89, Thank you for coming to visit the Jane Austen Centre, and for writing us such a nice four-star review afterwards. I'm so pleased that you and your partner enjoyed your time with us and getting to know Jane and her writing better. We do our best to appeal to both dedicated Jane Austen fans, and newcomers to her... More 

Canberra, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 271 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I'm not sure what I was expecting but I just found the overall experience rather amateurish and disappointing. There was a talk at the start which was quite good but the static displays were just underwhelming. Maybe I just wanted to see D'Arcy!

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

Dear Pechfoodlover, I’m glad that you enjoyed your introductory talk given by one of our costumed guides, but I'm sorry that the centre wasn't quite what you were expecting. The centre is a permanent exhibition dedicated to championing the life and work of Jane Austen through a range of displays, interactive experiences and videos. We do also have the world's... More 

Cupar, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This centre is very good at explaining almost every aspect of Jane Austen's life, including the relatively unproductive period while she was in Bath. It does, however, lack concrete examples of any artefacts connected with her life. Everything on display is a copy or simply an example from that period of time, unconnected to her.

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Thank jon0269
Mary W, Front Office Manager at The Jane Austen Centre, responded to this review

Dear Jon, I'm pleased to read that you enjoyed your time at the centre and found us to be informative about all aspects of Jane's life and her time in Bath. You're quite right that we do not have artefacts from Jane's life as a museum would do. As we are a permanent exhibition dedicated to championing Jane's work we... More 

Horsham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

All staff in period costume. Nominal entrance fee. Interesting live presentation on the Austen and exhibition, which includes short film presentation with staff on hand to answer questions. Great shop offering Austen-themed souvenirs. Also a tea shop, at which we were lucky enough to get a free table. Most tables seemed to be reserved.

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

Dear Horshamboy, Thank you for such a lovely review! I'm so pleased that you enjoyed your time with us; touring the centre, taking tea with us, exploring Jane's life and browsing our gift shop. A "must-do in Bath" is high praise indeed. Thank you, and do come and see us again. With my warmest wishes, Mary More 

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

We really enjoyed the guided visit and to learn more about this interesting Lady. The staff is friendly. The exhibition quite well done. We had Cream tea in the charming tea room on the top floor, great ! Anyhow, the entrance fee is too high to my opinion.

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

Dear Karin, Thank you for coming to see us at the Jane Austen Centre and taking the time to write us such a wonderful review following your visit. Our friendly and welcoming costumed guides do their best to know all they can about Jane and it's great to know that you enjoyed your tour so much and found it very... More 

Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We are book and Jane Austen lovers so were very disappointed. The short talk, video and tour all provide basically the same information in a different format. Nice for an odd photo and to view a few pieces of memorabilia - in and out in 30 minutes max leaves a somewhat bad taste when you leave...

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

Dear AngelTravelService, Thank you for coming to visit the centre and writing a review for us following your time here. We have lots within the centre for our visitors to see and do following their introductory talk given by a knowledgable costumed guide. We have artwork depicting Jane and her family, the language of the fan (and a chance to... More 

York, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The admission price is worth it when you consider how much effort the staff put in to make you feel immersed in Regency tradition. Each member of staff is dressed as one of Jane's characters. Our guide was Miss Bates - a very informative lady who actually didn't say anything silly at all! I have loved Miss Austen for over... More 

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

Dear Catherine, Thank you for such a glowing five-star review! I'm so pleased that you enjoyed your visit to the centre and learnt lots of new things about Jane, despite having been a fan of hers for over 40 years! Our costumed guides very much appreciate your kind words and will, I'm sure, be touring with a spring in their... More 

Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The admission price was slightly step to listen to a guide speak for approximately 15 minutes but in reality, you can participate in the Bath walking tour for free. Nevertheless, it is good to learn about Jane Austen's life and also the information of her immediate family. I did not know how popular and how good Jane Austen was until... More 

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

Dear Concierge3725, Thank you for coming to visit us and taking the time to write us a lovely review afterwards. It's great to read that you learnt new things about Jane and her novels, and that you enjoyed learning about her family and enduring appeal. I'm very glad that you found your time at the centre to be so interesting.... More 

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