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The Jane Austen Centre, Bath

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Visit The Jane Austen Centre to learn how the historic city of Bath influenced the famous author and her writing. When you first enter the site, listen as a guide tells you about Austen's life in the city. Afterward, wander through the exhibition to see period dress and furnishings. Finish your visit in the Regency Tea Rooms on the second floor. Costumed staff here will serve you traditional British tea and homemade cake. The gift shop offers a fine selection of souvenirs for Austen fans. Use our Bath vacation generator to visit The Jane Austen Centre on your trip to Bath, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • I enjoyed the Jane Austen Centre more than the Jane Austen House Museum because the Centre did a better job at presenting what they have. Persuasion is my favorite Austen novel so having a section on ...  more »
  • As a Jane Austen fan, I was quite excited to stop by the Center. However, I was not impressed. They do a good job of telling her life story and that of her family but there is little actual memorabili...  more »
  • This permanent exhibition tells the story of Jane Austen's Bath experience and how it affects her and her writing. There is a life-sized wax model of the author displayed here. Exhibits on display are...  more »
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  • Very welcoming and enthusiastic staff in period costume. Jane Austen once stayed in a house on the same street, making it as authentic as any of the 'Shakespeare' sites. There is not that much to see but the talks, videos and panels are informative for a general audience. The tea shop is excellent.
  • The cost of admission is a bit high, but the Centre offers a very interesting glimpse into the life of Austen. It would have perhaps been nice to have seen more parallels between the facts and the literature. For a tour focused on one of England's most creative minds, it does seem a bit lacking in creativity.
  • If you are either a tourist visiting bath or have an interest in Jane Austen then this is definitely worth your visiting. The building has a restaurant and gift shop. The staff dress in authentic clothing for the period and are super friendly. I'd recommend putting this on your 'to visit' list!
  • Like many silly overly romantic American lasses I'm a huge fan of Jane Austen. So I had to pay the Jane Austen Centre a visit. It was a great experience overall, and I wouldn't go so far as to say I wish I had skipped it, but it was a bit underwhelming. The tour was fairly informative and was preceded by a 15 minute speech regarding Jane and her family's lives. But when you go downstairs there weren't too many artifacts or activities to peruse. The tea room was simply lovely. The finger sandwiches, scones, and clotted cream were super charming and also yummy. I had a good time but, like I said, bit underwhelming. The ticket is about $13.50.
  • Had afternoon tea here for my daughter's birthday. Good selection of sandwiches and cake, some of which we took home in a doggy bag. Wide range of different teas.