JANE AUSTEN CENTRE (UK | Somerset | Bath | Historical)

  • Address: 40, Gay Street, BA1 2NT


Address: 40, Gay Street, BA1 2NT

Web: http://www.janeausten.co.uk/

Phone: 01225 443000

Jane Austen is one of the country’s best known novelists, being the author of classics such as Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion. This centre aims to tell the story of the author and her works, mentioning to visitors that it doesn’t set out to be a museum of artefacts or of her former home, since she lived in another nearby location and there are a limited number of exhibits.

Visitors are welcomed to the centre by a guide who gives a fifteen-minute introduction to Jane Austen, and this process is well managed and interesting. Visitors can then explore the displays, including the only waxwork of Jane Austen in the world and there is the chance to try on nineteenth-century costumes. Also in the centre is the Regency Tearoom, which specialises in afternoon tea served by staff in period dress.

There is an admission charge of £11 for adults, £9.50 for concessions and £5.50 for children. It’s also possible to purchase a ticket in advance on-line for £1 off, but visitors must arrive before 12.00. The museum is open from 09.45 until 17.30 every day of the week in April to October (from 09.30 until 18.00 in July and August) and from 10.00 until 16.00 on Sundays to Mondays and from 09.45 until 16.30 on Saturdays during the rest of the year.