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

Closes at 4 so never spied it. It’s a bit of a disappointment from the outside.i wouldn’t be prejudiced but I am too proud to return.

1  Thank Jimeenthegobbler
Reviewed 5 days ago

Unfortunately, and I'm seriously sad to say it, but I have to agree with some of earlier opinions that titled this exhibition "so-called" and "just not good enough". I was very enthusiastic about going to Bath and visiting the Jane Austen Museum. If you have...More

3  Thank Andrea S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Spent a couple of very enjoyable hours here. Very enthusiastic lady gave the introductory talk and helped us at various points. Even enjoyed dressing up in period costume for photos.More

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

Dear Phil, I'm ever so pleased that you took the opportunity to dress up in period costume whilst here. It's really great to see couples in Regency costume having fun posing for photos next to our Mr Darcy. As you mention too, our costumed guides...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It offers guided tours of the Jane Austen Museum, and includes a shop for purchasing Jane Austen inspired goods. She lived in Bath for several years and her novels Persuasion and Northanger Abbey have scenes based there. A must for any fan.

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

Dear Sara, Thank you very much for coming to see us at the Centre and for leaving us a lovely review afterwards. "A must for any fan" is high praise indeed! Thank you. With my warmest wishes, Mary

Reviewed 1 week ago

This so-called permanent exhibition does not provide any original items or even shines a light on the world of Jane Austin which could not be gleamed from even the most basic of history books. They claim to include lots of lesser-known facts about Jane Austin...More

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

Dear Usk, I'm shocked and saddened by your review. Sharing the life and works of Jane Austen with our lovely visitors is our passion and we strive to be full of facts and insights that will interest even life-long Janeites, and certainly ones which are...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

For Jane Austen enthusiasts, anything to do with her life and works is not just acceptable but a great treat. However, wandering through this display one feels a little sad and embarrassed for Jane. There is ample evidence of passionate enthusiasm, authenticity and valid information,...More

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

Dear Diana, We do our best to provide a great experience, and indeed - a great treat, for both lifelong fans and newcomers to Jane and her novels alike. Although we're not just a place for Austen fans, but for anyone who's even vaguely interested...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

The Jane Austen Centre is located on a lovely street on a lovely square in gorgeous Bath. Austen never lived in this Georgian house, but she did live about 5 doors up the hill on the same street. The tour began with a greeting from...More

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

Dear Susan, Thank you for coming to visit us here at the Jane Austen Centre. I agree with you, we really are very lucky in our location - Gay Street is a lovely street to be on, and just next to Queen Square where Jane...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

I am a Jane Austen fan and loved visiting her house in Chawton. The Bath Jane Austen Centre was a little underwhelming. It is "similar" to a house she lived in for a short time, and contains some artefacts such as a couple of portraits...More

3  Thank L0ubieLou77
Mary W, Front Office Manager at The Jane Austen Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear LOubieLou77, I'm sorry that you weren't as pleased with the Centre as we hope all our visitors will be. It is indeed similar to the house she lived in a few doors up (sadly now a dental practise), and rather than trying to recreate...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This little museum is dedicated to giving the visitor a taste of Jane Austen's time in Bath in the early 19th century. The gentleman on the door and the lady who sells the tickets are all dressed appropriately. You wait for a party to assemble...More

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

Dear Michael, Thank you for your lovely review of the Jane Austen Centre. I'm so pleased to read that you had a great time exploring all things Austen with us, and took the time to write us a charming review following your visit. (I'd only...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited the Jane Austen Centre as an ardent fan of the author. The staff are enthusiastic and clearly enjoy their jobs and the whole experience but it's rather expensive for what it is and the exhibition is a little repetitive. Some lovely insights to the...More

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

Dear Sara, Thank you for your high praise of our staff and Jane Austen insights. Our costumed guides really do love sharing their passion for all things Austen with our visitors, so I'm very glad that you felt that enthusiasm and appreciated it too. I'm...More

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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!
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