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Address: 40 Gay Street, Bath BA1 2NT, England
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+44 1225 443000
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09:45 - 17:30
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Sun - Fri 10:00 - 16:00
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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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Lovely Staff, wish there was more

I had read mixed reviews about this center, but I just love Jane Austen and was in Bath, so I went for it! THE GOOD: the knowledgeable staff, learning about Jane's family and... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Erica B
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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a lovely place to visit. The staff are obviously so keen on their subject that they communicate it in the way they greet and interact with visitors.

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Beaconsfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Informative staff, lots of details about Janes life in Bath.My wife had read all the books but I had not but now feel need I need to get reading.I can recommend this really interesting exibition

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This was a wonderful experience for any Jane Austen fan! Learned so much about Jane. The staff were fantastic.

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

Dear Elisa, Thank you for your five-star review of the centre. Our costumed guides are always striving to give the best experience possible to each and every visitor. I'm thrilled that they and the centre were able to make your visit so enjoyable and to tell you so many new things about Jane. With thanks again and very best wishes,... More 

London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We went in here simply because it was raining - my partner has read all of the novels - I have read none - however, the museum is an excellent little insight into both the life and the times of Jane Austen and well worth a visit. To cap it all the top floor tea room is lovely - especially... More 

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

Dear Paul, I'm delighted it began raining in that case! We do all we can to provide a great experience both for newcomers to Jane's work, and for lifelong fans, so I'm so pleased to read that both yourself and your partner who has read all of her books had a wonderful time with us. (A big thank you also... More 

Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This place does justice to Jane Austen romance. Mr Darcy comes alive though more of a thorough gentleman. I left my heart there. Thanks Jane Austen and thanks England for making the experience so romantic. Adult tickets are £11 and family £ 26 (2 adults and 4 children). Early bird is before noon 12 and you can save £1.

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

Dear anuradha2013, It's so very kind of you to write us a glowing review after your visit to the centre. It's fantastic to read that we were able to bring Jane Austen's world and the spirit of romance alive for you. We're also ever-grateful to Jane for bringing romance to our lives! It's lovely to have visitors in the centre... More 

Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Such a lovely place to have afternoon tea. You can dine with Mr. Darcy under his portrait. Delicious scones and savory tea, Don't miss this!

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

Dear Martha, I'm delighted that you had such a wonderful time taking afternoon tea with us! As well as scones we also do incredible home made cakes (I say we, it's actually our lovely Steph who makes them). Come and take tea...and cake, with us again! Warmest wishes, Mary More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Take a trip back to Jane's world with a visit to the Jane Austen centre. I waited seven years to visit and it didn't disappoint. Staff are very helpful and entertaining. Follow this up with a visit to the assembly rooms to enhance the JA experience!

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

Dear Sharon, Thank you for you shining recommendation. I'm so glad that you found the centre to be such a wonderful trip back in time and "a must for any Jane Austen fans". Seven years is a long time to wait!!! It's a honour to know that you've wanted to visit the centre for so long, and even better to... More 

Madison, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I had read mixed reviews about this center, but I just love Jane Austen and was in Bath, so I went for it! THE GOOD: the knowledgeable staff, learning about Jane's family and upbringing, seeing a letter to the center from Emma Thompson, and learning more about the only living sketch of Jane (and how a forensics expert created a... More 

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

Dear Erica, Thank you for your detailed review of the centre. I was personally so pleased to read that you found so many highlights within the centre, such as our "lovely" and "knowledgable" staff, learning about the different depictions of Jane and how reliable they are, and reading about Jane's family. I'm sorry that you would have liked to have... More 

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

I have a daughter studying 17th and 18th century English Literature at Bath Spa University! A must see for her and it had a nice amount of her books and souvenirs but would Jane Austen approve? Her love of money, perhaps! Not a bad place to see so why not include it in your travels, who knows, Mr. Darcy might... More 

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

Dear Shawn, Thank you for your excellent review of the Jane Austen Centre. Did you spot out Mr Darcy figure in the exhibition? He did indeed come swaggering in! (And stayed!) It's lovely to hear that we're a must for the English Literature students studying at the city's universities. I do hope we'll see you and your daughter again before... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The atmosphere and staff are very friendly but the whole thing is misleading. For 11 GBP /person we expected a lot more than what we got. The place seems to have no real connection to J. A. who once lived a block further up the street and only for a short time. There are no interesting artefacts associated with her... More 

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

Dear Vanderbasch, I'm sorry that you feel that way about the centre; the vast majority of our visitors really enjoy their visit, so I'm sorry that you felt the centre was overpriced. Especially as there is so much included in the entry ticket price, as well as a voucher for 10% in the gift shop and tearooms. I'm sorry you... More 

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