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The Jane Austen Centre
Ranked #35 of 129 things to do in Bath
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase
Reviewed 29 June 2018

Very disappointed.All the information and more can be accessed on websites.The entrance fee was excessive.Only visit if you do not have anything else to do in Bath!

1  Thank Geraldine D
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Reviewed 28 June 2018 via mobile

The staff are very nice and friendly
The tour is very educational to the Austen family history and the history of bath
The tea room is amazing
If you go there try their carrot cake

Thank Mohamed A
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Reviewed 28 June 2018

A lovely place to go to get more information on Jane Austen and a beautiful wax statue of her. Staff all dressed as characters from her books and very knowledgeable, so ask questions!

Thank Rachel E
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Reviewed 27 June 2018

This small museum punches well above its weight. Truly a must see for both literature and history lovers! Jane Austen lived in Bath at several locations and two of her books use the city as a primary location. Only takes an hour or so but well worth it.

1  Thank Tom H
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Reviewed 27 June 2018 via mobile

What a disappointment this museum is! As a great admirer of Jane Austen I jumped at the opportunity to visit the Jane Austen Centre in Bath, only to leave feeling ripped off and disappointed.
After handing over my £12 admission fee, I was directed to a room upstairs to watch a brief film. Before the film had started, a staff member opened the doors and told all of us assembled to move into another room. She rushed through a brief history of Jane’s family and connection in Bath. Literally rushed... no time for questions. Then we were moved downstairs to meet another staff member who spoke about six drawings of Jane and whether or not they might be likenesses. Then we were let loose for the self-guiding portion which consisted of some cheaply put together displays and a poorly constructed film. Then... exit through the gift shop (which was also disappointing in its limited range).
The museum is in a building with no association with Jane Austen. There are no Austen artefacts. You will learn nothing new from attending. For a facility that purports to be a Jane Austen Centre, I would have expected much more rigour and insight. This is just a tourist trap where you can buy a cup of tea from someone dressed in a regency costume.

5  Thank ATW2012
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