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The Jane Austen Centre

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Address: 40 Gay Street, Bath BA1 2NT, England
Phone Number: +44 1225 443000
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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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We visited the Jane Austen Centre on 28 November which is located in a lovely Georgian town house. We were greeted by a doorman in period costum and directed upstairs to watch a... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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St John-in-Cornwall, United Kingdom
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St John-in-Cornwall, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We visited the Jane Austen Centre on 28 November which is located in a lovely Georgian town house. We were greeted by a doorman in period costum and directed upstairs to watch a short introductory film prior to a presentation about Jane’s life and books along with the wider Austen family and the time they spent in Bath. The lady... More 

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

Booked here was afternoon tea with my mum and sister and was not disappointed. We chose the ladies afternoon tea at £9.95 and in my opinion a bargain! I left absolutely stuffed and the scones were to die for!!!!! Great trip!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

They provide an excellent exhibition and the short lectures are very informative. There's even clothes to dress up in!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A great little house-turned-museum documenting details of Jane's life and the society of her time. Definitely recommend a stop here.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Good opportunity to find out about their great writer. Nice shop and beautiful cosy tea room! Nice display and historical records on Jane Austen's life, though I confess I expected more. If you are a fan, it's a must!

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

Dear Dalia, It's great to hear that you had a lovely time exploring the centre and visiting the Regency tea rooms on our top floor. We certainly aim to be a must-see when in Bath, so thank you for your "it's a must" recommendation. Do come back and see us again! With warmest wishes, Mary More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We got there as the center was about to close so only experienced a bit of the house and the items in the gift shop which I thought was adequate. The wax figure at the front is good for photos.

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

Dear Tori, I'm sorry you didn't get to see more of the centre! We're open 10-4 (last entry to the exhibition at 3pm) throughout the winter months, so do come back and visit us soon! With my warmest wishes, Mary More 

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

Very disappointing and poor value for money. Expected to see a furnished house and and mock up of how life would have been. Instead bare rooms and plonked in front of basic video. Talk interesting but could have read on line for free.

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

Dear Karin, I’m sorry that the centre was not what you were expecting. The centre is not a fully-furnished Georgian house, but rather a permanent exhibition dedicated to championing her life and work situated within a typical Georgian townhouse. We do have some furniture which echoes the period within the interactive parts of the centre such as the Regency costume... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you read Jane Austen or are interested in that period of English history, do not miss out on this museum. The visit start with a talk - these happens every half hour. We arrived at 14.40, and felt we could have used the 20 minutes better then waiting for a guide.

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

Dear Fritse, Thank you for coming to visit us at the Jane Austen Centre and taking the time to write us a lovely review afterwards. I'm so glad that you had such a great time with us, though I'm sorry you arrived just after the beginning of one of our timed tours so had to wait a little while. We... More 

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

Jane Austen Centre is worth visiting. It is beautifully preserved & well maintained Georgian building.

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

Dear furzadv, Thank you for coming to see us and for giving us a lovely five-star review. It's great to know that you had a good time with us at the centre. We give our visitors plenty to look at and interact with through our displays, our language of the fan, our Regency costumes, our videos, introductory talk, portrait section,... More 

Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I'm a fan of Jane Austin and was so pleased to find this centre while visiting Bath. The tour was very informative about Jane's life and specifically her time in Bath and how she incorporated it into her books. One of my favorites is Persuasion, especially the 1995 movie. It was fun to walk the streets and recognize some of... More 

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

Dear KWheeler350, I'm delighted that you had such a wonderful time with us at the Centre. You've written us such a thorough and shining review, I'm not sure there's much I can add! I'm so glad you came to see us and I do hope the next time you're in Bath you'll come back and see us again. With my... More 

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