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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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  • Very good28%
  • Average19%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible8%
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40 Gay Street, Bath BA1 2NT, England
+44 1225 443000
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The Jane Austin Centre has information abut Jane's time in Bath, but it is repeated several time by guide, written info & film. It is quite expensive for not that much to see.

Thank sajackie54
Reviewed 2 days ago

Not the greatest author and this place makes a fairly poor attempt to make her a better figure than she deserves to be. The exhibits are amateurish. Not worth a visit.

Thank Noel G
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Stopped in for tea but the line was really long. Did learn quite a bit about Jane Austin and her life in Bath. The house they use does not really have anything to do with Jane but it is similar to one she lived in....More

Thank Harry F
Reviewed 6 days ago

The best thing about our visit two weeks ago to the Center was the walking tour from the Center that was led by Moira. She was in appropriate costume and full of interesting information about Bath, the places that played a part in Austen's novels...More

1  Thank Austenlovers
Mary W, Front Office Manager at The Jane Austen Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Dear Austenlovers, I'm delighted that you enjoyed your time in Bath so much, and in particular your walking tour. As well as the Centre itself we offer private walking tours to groups (when booked in advance), and they are a real bonus to any visit...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are going to Bath on a Jane Austen jaunt then this is a must do. The staff were lovely, the museum has loads to see and I learned a lot. I thoroughly enjoyed this tour and highly recommend it to not just Jane...More

Thank celticyank
Mary W, Front Office Manager at The Jane Austen Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Dear celticyank, Thank you very much for such a wonderful five-star review! I'm so glad that you enjoyed your time at the centre, that you learnt so much, and that you'd recommend the Jane Austen Centre to anyone coming to visit Bath! With my very...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

I was looking forward to visiting Jane Austen House, I found it rather disapointing, the house was not put to good use as the basement was just toilets, first floor was entry tickets & very small expensive shop, then there was talk on the Austen...More

Thank L8100MPmarym
Mary W, Front Office Manager at The Jane Austen Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Dear L8100MPmarym, I'm sorry that the Jane Austen Centre wasn't quite what you were expecting. As we're located in a listed Georgian townhouse we're not the most palatial of centres, however we do feel that we put 40 Gay Street to very good use as...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is great for those that love reading Austen and novels from that period. There is a man out the front dressed as a town crier ringing a bell to welcome your arrival. It was interesting to learn about her early life and those...More

Thank jules014Sydney
Mary W, Front Office Manager at The Jane Austen Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Jules, Thank you for coming to see us at the Centre and taking the time to write us a review of your visit afterwards. It's lovely to read that you enjoyed meeting our 'Mr Bennet' at the door, and then found delights inside including...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

For those of you who have no read anything Jane Austen, get reading before you visit for those who have read her,this is a must. Its a little pricey but that you have to be ready for, for most things today. There is a small...More

Thank glynnis03
Mary W, Front Office Manager at The Jane Austen Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear glynnis03, Thank you for your shining five-star review of the Jane Austen Centre! We take real care to provide something for everyone - children especially enjoy trying our Regency games, and fans of academia have fun discussing the life and times and politics of...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

A great place for fan of Jane Austen and everyone. It told the life of Jane Austen and the life at that time in bath I always wanted to try on the costumes of that era, which I did and had my photo taken

1  Thank X5587FMbrens
Mary W, Front Office Manager at The Jane Austen Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear X5587FMbrens, Thank you for your lovely five-star review of the Jane Austen Centre. I'm so pleased that you enjoyed your visit to the Centre, and that you got to live your dream of trying on Regency costume! With my very best regards, Mary

Reviewed 1 week ago

I had high hopes for this center, however, I already knew almost all the information provided here. The center isn't in a house connected to her (beyond being on Gay St), there's no artifacts or displays that aren't reproductions, and most of the information seems...More

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

Dear Greenglass, I'm sorry you already knew some of what we had to say about Jane. We do our best to provide insights for both highly knowledgable fans like yourself, but also for those who may not have come across her or her work before....More

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How much time should we allow to do the centre?
21 April 2017|
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Response from Mary W | Property representative |
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!