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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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40 Gay Street, Bath BA1 2NT, England
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Reviewed yesterday

I arranged a trip to the centre for my wife's 30th as she is big JA fan. The place occupies a former house on Gay street. You are welcomed warmly and the tour starts upstairs with a short video. A couple of guides (dressed as...More

Thank Adrian H
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

While I felt the tour was overpriced, the tour was enjoyable. After a simple introductory talk, the tour becomes a self guided walk.

Thank jessicamb2018
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The centre does little to add to one's knowledge of the author or the period she lived in. Apart from a handful of exhibits, information was delivered by written notes on cardboard, a short film and short talks. Could get the same info online and...More

Thank Trevor W
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This might be acceptable for the foreign tourist but I felt this was a rip off. £12 each for a talk about Jane Austen and then look at some portraits, boring and tacky - give this one a miss!!More

Thank maryhellis
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JACentre, Manager at The Jane Austen Centre, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for your feedback, however we are very sorry you felt this way. Our exhibition has much more to experience beyond the introductory talk and portraits area. We also have a specially made film featuring Adrian Lukis, Regency biscuits to sample, Regency style perfumes...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

Extremely interesting although I'm not a Jane Austin fan. Talks and exhibits were very well done. Nice tea room with tasty sweets upstairs too

Thank bobe2
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JACentre, Manager at The Jane Austen Centre, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for your lovely feedback, we'll pass this onto our Centre and Tearoom staff.

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Reviewed 4 days ago

I took a group here who specifically requested to do this visit and many just walked through and left. Nothing very interesting, a lot of reading and photos to look at. Not worth the price or visit. The best part of the visit was dressing...More

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JACentre, Manager at The Jane Austen Centre, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for your feedback. We try to offer a variety of activities for our visitors to get involved with. As well as all the information we offer and dressing up, we also provide quill and ink writing to try, Regency recipe biscuits, afternoon tea...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We came to Bath to explore our inner Jane Austen and to celebrate my Sister's 30th Birthday!! We obviously visited the Jane Austen museum and it was great! The best part is everyone who works there. From the 'most photographed man in Britain'! to the...More

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JACentre, Manager at The Jane Austen Centre, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for your lovely feedback, we'll pass this onto our staff. We hope you can come and visit us again and try our delicious afternoon teas.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I’m a fan of Jane Austin novels so this was on my list of places to visit. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect really I enjoyed the presentation and then went on to the exhibition which detailed aspects of her life but felt it...More

Thank Sarah C
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JACentre, Manager at The Jane Austen Centre, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hi Sarah, thank you for visiting the centre. It's great to hear you enjoyed your visit, particularly the tea rooms. We are dedicated to telling the story of Jane's life in Bath in an entertaining and informative way and we really appreciate your feedback.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

It's the Jane Austen Centre, what more really needs said. It was fantastic! We had a blast, the staff was all dressed up, the venue was just as you imagine one of the old houses to be in Bath. The tour was fun and full...More

Thank Ruth K
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great to learn about Jane Austen's experiences here in Bath, bought a student ticket and saved a bit of money. Also, got 10% off in the gift shop. Really recommend going here if you're an Austen fan.

Thank Naseha Y
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firang
9 May 2018|
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As far as I know, there are no combination tickets.
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22 April 2017|
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Response from JACentre | 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!
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Traci M
3 May 2016|
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Disabled parking is at a premium in Bath. I would advise using the Park and Ride, the centre is too congested. I have a blue badge too and have given up trying to park in Bath
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