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The Jane Austen Centre at 40 Gay Street in Bath, Somerset, England, is a permanent exhibition which tells the story of Jane Austen's Bath experience – the effect that visiting and living in the city had on her and her writing.
|Monday||9:30 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Tuesday||9:30 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Wednesday||9:30 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Thursday||9:30 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Friday||9:30 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Saturday||9:30 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Sunday||9:30 AM – 6:00 PM|
I know a lot about Jane Austen so I was really looking forward to it. I didn't learn anything new but it was a great little exhibition and having the volunteers in costume was a great idea. Just being somewhere she had lived was an honour.
From the characterful introduction at the door to the tour of the house, and then heading upstairs for afternoon tea, the entire experience is everything for which a Janeite could hope. It's a great forage through Austen's personal life and writing career, with Regency life coming to life all around. Plus, the gift shop is wonderful. Well worth a visit!
Definitely worth a visit. The guided tour is very interesting and inspiring. The gift shop is small but has a lot of interest and unique things. And you can just pop into the gift shop without going into the museum.
As a Jane Austen addict, I was really happy to visit this place ! The visit is really great and I really liked the fact that we can participate ( costume and writing for example) . My only disappointment was that there is no adaptation for foreign visitors. We're French and in some parts of the visit especially with the different guides we were really lost, we didn't understand everything... There is no explanations written in an other language, everything is in english... It was a good visit to do in Bath !
Took my other half to see the Centre on a Saturday afternoon, and as someone who didn't know much about the author before I can fairly say I learned a lot! The staff were all dressed in traditional clothing which was nice, and all seemed friendly and chatty (and were happy taking photographs of me with Mr Darcy!) My only complaint is it did seem slightly more expensive than I'd have liked, but as a student there was a reasonable price reduction for us!
There is no way this has four out of five stars. There's something dodgy going on here. I'm pretty easy to please with tourist places, but this is a tremendous rip off for money. You walk in, you're given a talk, and then you walk around a couple of rooms with nothing in them except information boards with a bit of writing on them. There is virtually NOTHING owned, signed, seen, read, or touched by Jane Austen apart from the building. I don't care how friendly the staff are, this is a tourist trap par excellence. Save your money. Go somewhere else. Wikipedia maybe. I doubt any of the furniture or costumes are even authentic. Shame.
I enjoyed the centre but I think the tickets were overpriced and it could be improved. It was cool how all th staff were dressed in period clothes. Dressing up in costumes and writing with the feather ink pen was fun. But the tour could be longer and rather than having to read so much, the tour guides could have easily explained them.
It was an interesting visit but may have been more meaningful to those who have read her books. The museum was well laid out and informative. Staff were dressed in costumes and told the history of Jane Austen's life. There is a gift shop where you can purchase books by Jane Austen. The afternoon tea was average.
Really fun place! We had the tea with Mr Darcy and it was really good. My wife is the resident Austen fan in our house but I was really impressed with how fun this is. Highly reasonable prices for the experience! Really cool staff and great pictures on the wall! Also check out the picture from Sir Ranulph Fiennes in the ladies room, super cool that my wife spotted it.
It was an interesting visit but may have been more meaningful to those who have read her books. The museum was well laid out and informative. Staff were dressed in costumes and told the history of Janet Austen's life. There is a gift shop where you can purchase books by Janet Austen. The afternoon tea was average.
It's a cute little museum with hilarious and friendly staff, and a great way to spend about an hour to learn more about Jane Austen's time in Bath, her books' characters (and some of the films), and a bit about the Regency period in general. Tours start every half an hour, and a member dressed up as a character - we had a great Captain Wentworth - will give you a brief intro to the Austen family, and then let you discover the rest of the museum by yourself. - Book ahead for the tea room, we didn't make it in. Also, the gift shop is adorable!
If your a huge Jane Austen lover, like myself, Then this place is most definitely a must see. A lovely exhibition and an in-depth talk about Jane and her life. Plus a great little shop. Fab
Lovely visit! The staff is very nice and always ready to answer your questions. The visit starts with a small lesson on Jane Austen's life which is a format that should be more present in museums. The exhibition is mostly centered around Austen's time in Bath and gives a good vision of what life must have been at the time. A part of the exhibition focuses on life in general with recreation of, amongst many other things, costumes (that you can try), perfumes (that you can smell) and baked goods (that you can eat). Whether you like Austen's novel or not yet, you should run to this exhibition!
This was a really wonderful interesting place to visit. I'd wanted to go for a long time. The young lady that gave us a 15 minute introduction talk about Jane and her family was very good. After that we we taken to the start of the exhibition where we were shown pictures and of her and given very in depth information about them. After this we were left to wander through the remainder of the great exhibition of clothes worn, much more information about her life and her family and all about the different places she'd lived etc. Some clothes you could try on too! Theres a gift shop and cafe too. It's VERY well worth a visit if you're ever in Bath. 10/10 for me
I visited Jane Austin Centre last month and I was really excited before seeing the place. To be honest, the way they "advertise it", with costumes like being on that time, so inviting, it is actually just marketing. When you go inside the place the only thing that you are going to see are pictures of Jane Austin and her family and the place where she lived. Not to making it too boring, fortunately you have the opportunity to write with the feather using the ink like the old time and get dressed with old fashion clothes. I think you have to pay far too much for what you are going to see and "learn".