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“a peak into Jane Austens Bath”

The Jane Austen Centre
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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 April 4, 2013

I had a good time at Jane Austen Centre in Bath. The Centre is small and did not have much authentic stuff from Jane Austen, but the staff was excellent and had a very interesting and enjoyable talk to begin with. The tearoom upstairs were great and I really enjoyed the shop!
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1  Thank Ellen R
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Reviewed April 2, 2013

If Jane Austen was alive today I'm sure she would have a few choice words to say about the Jane Austen Centre.

Jane Austen lived in several houses in Bath, but this isn't one of them - it is quite near somewhere she stayed, but then only for a few months. It's called a "centre" because "museum" would be pushing it - the only vaguely authentic item I saw in the display were some socks, which were apparently over a hundred years old. Otherwise there were a lot of recreations, artists impressions, copies of pictures, and some movie memorablia.

To be fair, the 10 minute talk at the start was excellent, delivered with interest and humour - our guide even had a light dig at the high price of admission - and some people might enjoy the dressing up box section at the end, but overall it had very little to offer and felt like we'd paid 8 pounds to get into a Jane Austen-themed shop and tea room.

2  Thank MJHibbett
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Reviewed April 2, 2013

Bath makes a great deal about Jane Austen having lived there. However she wasn't there long and was glad to leave! Having said that if you like Jane Austen's books and want to know more about her life and the era she lived in then the centre is worth a visit. The talk was interesting and informative if a bit rushed-" there's no time for questions, we have to move on". The exerbition is small, there are lots of information boards to read- most people didn't bother- but you can go round at your own pace. There is a dressing up area for grown ups which was fun. The staff are knowledgable and the shop had a good variety of Austen related books and other items.

1  Thank Jill L
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Reviewed April 1, 2013

A small attraction, but as she didn't spend long in Bath that is fair enough. The free talk about her life was interesting, the staff are all very knowledgeable.

1  Thank Blackcherry86
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Reviewed March 30, 2013

The best part was the 10 minute very interesting, informative talk about Jane's life and family which takes place before you go round the exhibits. The centre is quite small and wasn't as fascinating as I thought it would be, and I am a Jane Austen fan! There were cardboard cutouts of buildings in the exhibition and some costumes of the period, together with extracts from letters and works of Jane's. However, it was all somehow rather disappointing. The house in which the centre is situated is not the one where Jane lived, which is further up the street, but very similar: a naval uniform is similar to one which would have been worn by Jane's brother: everything seemed to be 'similar to..' or 'of the period' rather than relating to Jane herself - although I know she was not in Bath for any great length of time. There was also a film about the Bath Festival where people dress in period costumes which was quite interesting although the sound was not clear. The restaurant was small and crowded, so we did not go in, so cannot comment on that aspect of the centre. Perhaps I expected too much as I had been wanting to visit for a long time so although it was worth a look, don't expect too much.

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