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The Jane Austen Centre

40 Gay Street, Queen Square, Bath, BA1 2NT

Type:Museum

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About

Celebrating Bath's most famous resident.

The Jane Austen Centre offers a snapshot of what it would be like to live in the Regency times - the fashion, food, society - everything that would have inspired Austen’s timeless novels. The Centre also explores how the city of Bath impacted upon Jane Austen’s life and writing in much-loved books such as Northanger Abbey and Persuasion. 

The Centre is set in a classically decorated Georgian townhouse, where your very own Austen experience will begin with a friendly welcome talk from a knowledgeable and helpful member of staff. After the introduction you’ll be free to wander around the intriguing exhibition at your own pace. 

Get into the Jane Austen spirit and feel as if you’re really in Pride and Prejudice by dressing up in the exhibition’s Regency costumes, including bonnets, top hats, shawls, fans and dresses. There are lots of opportunities for fun photos with the Jane Austen Centre providing a great backdrop.

The Centre has a waxwork which, for the first time in history, creates a lifelike portrayal of what Jane Austen would have looked like. It took three years for an experienced team, including sculptor Mark Richards and forensic artist Melissa Dring, to construct the waxwork which is based on eyewitness descriptions and a sketch by Austen’s sister Cassandra. For the first time in centuries, visitors can get up close to Jane Austen herself!

Once you've finished exploring, head upstairs to The Regency Tea Room for a delicious afternoon tea.

The Jane Austen Centre is a truly wonderful experience for all.

Accessibility Information

The Jane Austen Centre is based in a Grade II listed Georgian townhouse and therefore regrettably does not have a lift. The main entrance has a small step up to the front door with a ramp available which the venue's friendly greeter will be happy to assist you with. 

The Gift Shop is on the venue's ground floor, and the exhibition space is flat with only a few stairs leading to the entrance, which can be accessed in reverse via a ramp. The talk room (where visits begin with a 20-minute talk about Jane Austen's life delivered by one of the venue's performers) is unfortunately inaccessible for wheelchair users, due to being on the first floor, up two flights of stairs. The Tearoom is up a further two flights of stairs on the second floor, and therefore also inaccessible for wheelchair users.

The venue's toilets are in the basement, one flight of ten stairs below the exhibition level, and therefore inaccessible. 

 

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Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult£14.75 per ticket
Child (6 - 16)£6.20 per ticket
Family (2 Adults + up to 4 Children)£28.00 per ticket
Senior (60+)£10.50 per ticket
Small Family (1 adult + up to 4 children)£26.50 per ticket
Student£9.50 per ticket

Discovery card holders receive 10% discount on entry tickets. Children under 6 go free with an adult.

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Facilities

Accessibility

  • Accessible to Wheelchair Users - A ramp up to the main entrance and down into the exhibition space is available. The talk room and Tearoom is inaccessible to wheelchair users.
  • Facilities for Disabled Visitors
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Ramp to main entrance
  • Ramp/Level Access - There are ramps available to enter the venue, and descend to the exhibition space.
  • Steps to main entrance - A ramp is available for wheelchair users.

Attraction Facilities

  • Shop

Catering

  • On-Site café/restaurant - The Regency Tea Room on the 2nd floor has been awarded the Tea Guild's 'Award of Excellence'

Establishment Features

  • Printed Material in Foreign Languages
  • Toilets

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted

Venue Facilities

  • Groups Accepted

Show Facilities

Opening Times

Summer Opening (1 Apr 2024 - 31 Oct 2024)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday09:45 - 17:30*
Winter Opening (1 Nov 2024 - 31 Mar 2025)
DayTimes
Monday - Friday10:00 - 16:00*
Saturday09:45 - 17:30*
Sunday10:00 - 16:00*

* During July and August the Centre is open from 9.30am until 6pm (Last entry to Centre & Tearoom is 1 hour before closing).

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change

Events

Saturday, 29th June 2024 - Saturday, 29th June 2024

Three women dressed in Jane Austen attire.Jane Austen Festival's Summer Ball at the GuildhallPrepare to promenade in your Regency finery at the annual Jane Austen Costumed Summer Ball.
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Friday, 13th September 2024 - Sunday, 22nd September 2024

A man flanked by two women all wearing Jane Austen-themed costumesThe Jane Austen FestivalNine wonderful days of celebrating all things Austen in the beautiful city of Bath.
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Map & Directions

Road Directions

Find out about the latest on the roads and get travel directions from TravelWest.info
  Bath is operating a charging Clean Air Zone. Owners of all higher emission vehicles – except private cars and motorbikes – will need to pay to drive in the city centre. To check if you need to pay or to apply for an exemption or discount, go to bathnes.gov.uk/BathCAZ
 

Public Transport Directions

For comprehensive information on how to get here using public transport, visit TravelWest.info
  Bath is operating a charging Clean Air Zone. Owners of all higher emission vehicles – except private cars and motorbikes – will need to pay to drive in the city centre. To check if you need to pay or to apply for an exemption or discount, go to bathnes.gov.uk/BathCAZ
 

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Map and Directions

Road Directions

Find out about the latest on the roads and get travel directions from TravelWest.info
  Bath is operating a charging Clean Air Zone. Owners of all higher emission vehicles – except private cars and motorbikes – will need to pay to drive in the city centre. To check if you need to pay or to apply for an exemption or discount, go to bathnes.gov.uk/BathCAZ
 

Public Transport Directions

For comprehensive information on how to get here using public transport, visit TravelWest.info
  Bath is operating a charging Clean Air Zone. Owners of all higher emission vehicles – except private cars and motorbikes – will need to pay to drive in the city centre. To check if you need to pay or to apply for an exemption or discount, go to bathnes.gov.uk/BathCAZ
 

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