The Jane Austen Centre
The Jane Austen Centre
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9:45 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
9:45 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
9:45 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
9:45 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
9:45 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
9:45 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
9:45 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
9:45 AM - 5:30 PM
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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. Costumed Actors provide an introductory talk after which the exhibition is self-guided. Actors will be on hand throughout the exhibition 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. A giftshop on the ground floor sells unique items bespoke to the Jane Austen Centre themed on her work. There is as well 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 the annual Jane Austen Festival as well as walking tours of the city with an Austen theme.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Jessie
    4 contributions
    5 out of 5!
    Brilliant experience, staff very friendly, helpful and knowledgable. Enjoyed being able to dress up. We then had afternoon tea, great selection of vegan cakes. Very accommodating, lovely atmosphere. Very enjoyable time here.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 23 February 2023
  • Sarah B
    1 contribution
    Brilliant
    My friend and I had a fantastic time at the Jane Austen centre! We had afternoon tea in the Regency Tearoom which was fantastic, everything delicious and fresh. We then went on the tour round the exhibition which was brilliant, the tour guides were so knowledgeable and so ready to answer any questions. The dressing up section is an absolute must, so much fun! I highly recommend a trip to the centre for anyone
    Hi there, Thank you for your recommendation. We're so pleased to hear that you had a great time in the Regency Tea Room and our Exhibition. Do visit us again in the future! Best wishes, Mary C
    Written 3 March 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 28 February 2023
  • LibraryBev19
    Southampton, United Kingdom15 contributions
    Great interactive exhibition
    Usually I baulk at "interactive" but this was very good, with nobody forced to do anything. All the staff are in character and very helpful, entertaining and informative. It's possible to dress up in period costume for photographs, which even my usually reticent husband did. Afterwards we followed the heritage walk in the guide book.
    Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to leave such wonderful feedback. We're so happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit to our interactive Exhibition. We hope to welcome you again in the future. Best wishes, Mary C
    Written 3 March 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 28 February 2023
  • David
    1 contribution
    Most amiable...
    A delightful surprise - the actors really played their parts well and there was a fair bit to see and do. A bit too reliant on "Pride and Prejudice" - I don't know if they rotate exhibitions - but it was a small concern. I think they could do with a space twice the size if that were possible. "Tea with Mr. Darcy" was actually with Fanny Price, but the young woman playing the part was excellent. Not cheap and maybe more savoury would be welcome instead of so much cake and scones, but an enjoyable experience. Overall, we came out with silly grins on our faces, it was a great part of an enjoyable day.
    Hello there, Thank you for your positive feedback. We're so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your time with us. I shall pass your words onto Fanny Price! Best wishes, Mary C
    Written 18 March 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 17 March 2023
  • girishka
    5 contributions
    Cuteness, Clotted Cream and Calming down with a finest Tea :).
    Lovely staff in the tea room and the museum. It was my first ever 'Cream tea' experience (very tasty). The only 'little' obstacle for me to 'calmly' enjoy the very interesting exhibition was the big group of loud italian teenagers who overpowered especially the dressing room. Mr Darcy had a lot patience with them there :D.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 20 March 2023
  • user123456
    United Kingdom1,295 contributions
    Brilliant
    I visited today to complete my trip in Bath, and was not disappointed! Entry up to the exhibition room was like walking into someone’s home. I arrived just in time for the opening video, although there was no more seating available. I was initially concerned, but the guide moved us over to the next room. The guide (a very good looking young man) was amazing! He played the character so well, I was drawn in and believing every word he said. I would of loved him to have shown us around the entire centre. The rest of the centre is self guided. It was really interesting and interactive at stages; the perfumes, the quills, the wax work of Jane. The entry ticket included 10% off in the gift shop, which of course meant I would be purchasing one of James novels.
    Hi there, Thank you for your positive feedback. We're so pleased to hear you enjoyed our interactive Exhibition. Here at the Centre, we're so proud of our character guides. We hope to welcome you back again in the future! Best wishes, Mary C
    Written 9 April 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 30 March 2023
  • Lynne C
    Devon, United Kingdom2 contributions
    Great place to visit
    We really enjoyed our trip to the Jane Austen Centre. It was all so interesting and we loved the dressing up area! Only criticism is we were given a talk at the beginning about Jane Austen's family by Mr Wickham. He spoke so fast it was hard to hear everything. It must have been very difficult for those people in the room where English is not their first language. Slow down Mr Wickham ... you may be very familiar with the history but your guests are not!
    Visited April 2023
    Written 2 April 2023
  • Janet H
    1 contribution
    A most enjoyable visit.
    I visited The Jane Austen Centre with my daughter. It was a delightful experience which we both thoroughly enjoyed. All the staff were very friendly and knowledgeable and the mixture of watching videos, listening to live information delivered by actors and hands-on experiences was well-balanced. I was even persuaded to dress up! The gift shop was also well worth perusing. I can recommend a visit.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 14 April 2023
  • Chelsea A
    Columbus, Ohio194 contributions
    A fun side trip!
    Mr Knightly gave a good introduction to Jane's family and her life and then turned us loose through the museum. It is small, but is a fine time and has some fun facts about Jane's life and her experience in Bath. It was fun dressing up in period costume and taking pictures with Mr Darcy. The film about the locations associated with Jane in Bath was witty and a fun watch. I would allot about an hour for a visit here, as it isn't very large and it is pretty easy to get through the whole thing
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 1 May 2023
  • katrina
    Melbourne, Australia53 contributions
    Interesting museum dedicated to Jane Austin. A must see if you are a fan
    Had a great time at this Museum today. The staff were friendly and knowledgeable. I really liked all the things they had on offer to do. Hearing about the life of Jane and her family, the books she wrote and the area of Bath in Regency times. There were only 3 people in my tour group so was able to read all of the information easily and even got to dress up in costumes of the time . I had an added bonus of a free cream tea as my B and B gave me a Bath reward card to use in their Regency tea rooms. I would definitely recommend this museum especially if you like the works of Jane Austin.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 9 May 2023
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JodPea
4 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
Really enjoyed our visit, the house was lovely and the tour guide was very enthusiatoc about her subject. The whole exhibition was very well done, there was information every where - even in the Ladies!
Written 20 February 2024
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Catherine B
1 contribution
Feb 2024 • Couples
good experience - however this was dampened slightly by Mr Wickham obnoxiously singing throughout the house and loudly speaking in the gift shop about taking edibles. Loved the museum and other staff members were helpful and knowledgeable but left feeling uncomfortable and disappointed
Written 11 February 2024
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Hi Catherine, Thank you for taking the time to pass on your feedback. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit to the Centre, but we are saddened to hear of the situation you stated. This is not at all what we expect from our actors, who enhance your experience at the Jane Austen Centre by being in character throughout your visit. We can assure you that we will investigate this incident thoroughly and appropriate action will be taken. If you would like to discuss this further, please contact us at contact@janeausten.co.uk. Best Wishes, Mary C
Written 19 February 2024
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hunniCornwall
Cornwall61 contributions
Feb 2024 • Friends
Good tour with friends - we enjoyed the dressing up and info on Jane Austen - we were very happy to have Mr Wickham as our guide who was rather amusing. We tried the Jane Austen tea in the cafe but we weren't keen on it.
Written 11 February 2024
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Rachael B
4 contributions
Feb 2024 • Friends
Nice little place, interactive tour and friendly staff/actors. We stayed for afternoon tea afterwards which was delicious.
Written 4 February 2024
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Cat B
1 contribution
Feb 2024 • Family
What an amazing morning. The staff there are wonderful and so informative and helpful. Lots of knowledge and an Austen fans dream.
The tea room was beautiful, the food and tea was fresh and delicious.
We had a brilliant time. Thank you
Written 4 February 2024
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Hi There, Thank you very much for your positive feedback. We are always so pleased to hear from our visitors and will certainly pass on your words to our passionate team. We hope to see you again in the future! Best Wishes, Mary C
Written 10 February 2024
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Katharine T
1 contribution
Jan 2024 • Friends
My Ukrainian guests and I enjoyed this fun, interactive experience of Jane's imagined life in Bath. Late afternoon's the best time to visit to try on the dressing-up clothes. Less crowded. Loads of detail about Bath but it's not a 'literary' museum for experts of JA's novels ... although the books are on sale in the shop.
Written 26 January 2024
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JLJUK
Dudley, England, United Kingdom11 contributions
Jan 2024 • Family
My sister and I thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the Jane Austen Centre. We were lucky enough to have Miss Elizabeth Bennett conduct our tour and there were only 4 people on our tour ( I might add the tour we just missed was of about 15 people). I found the tour interesting, informative and fun. Unfortunately we were short of time as I would have liked to dress up. Lots of costumes to choose from and bonnets. Miss Elizabeth was brilliant. Looking and sounding the part, her knowledge was superb. We had afternoon tea and scones in the Regency tea room overlooked by a portrait of Mr Darcy. The gift shop was lovely and everyone was dressed in period costume. For Jane Austen fans it is well worth a visit.
Written 22 January 2024
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Wanderer0705
3 contributions
Dec 2023 • Family
The best value museum in beautiful Bath. My daughters and I (9 and 6) loved that Elizabeth Bennet told us of Jane’s family, her stories and where she lived. We all enjoyed the art works of Jane, and the dressing up was so much fun. Elizabeth helped us dress and accessorised us too. She took photos of us, and we enjoyed posing with her too. The costumes were nicer here than at the royal crescent museum (no.1)
The exhibits and video were great too. I could’ve spent all day there! The tea room was lovely, playing music from well know Austen inspired movies, and the food and drinks were delicious.
The kids loved the mouse trail and writing with a quill. Shop pricey, a shame but if you’ve money to spend there’s some lovely things.
It’s a gem of an experience, for anyone who’s mad on Austen! Highly recommend and will be back again. Thank you for making our New Year’s Eve morning so much fun and educational!
Written 17 January 2024
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Hi There, Thank you for passing on such positive feedback. We are delighted to hear that both you and your daughters enjoyed the exhibition, and I will make sure to pass on your kind words to Miss Elizabeth and the rest of the team. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Centre in the near future. Best Wishes, Mary C
Written 19 January 2024
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Ellen28
New York City, NY1,016 contributions
Jan 2024 • Solo
A little hokey, but I’m glad I went. It’s essentially a costumed character telling you more about Austen, her family, and her time in Bath and then releasing you into the museum part. The finale is trying on period clothes and trying out quill pens. I thought it was cute and learned a bit. I walked up to the house Austen actually let for a bit (#25). Worthwhile.
Written 15 January 2024
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Polyana F
Bonito, MS2 contributions
Dec 2023 • Family
The exposition was well organized and the staff was engaged in providing the best experience. They were all dressed up in costumes from Jane's time and showed great knowledge.
Written 1 January 2024
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