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Jane Austen in Bath, England
You’ve arrived at one of the best places to find out more about Jane Austen, our favourite author. Jane paid two long visits to Bath towards the end of the eighteenth century, and from 1801 to 1806 Bath was her home. It also provides the backdrop to two of her novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, and features in her other novels and in the collection of letters to her sister, Cassandra.
The Jane Austen Centre, located at 40 Gay Street in Bath, is a permanent exhibition. Situated in an original Georgian townhouse, it tells the story of Jane’s time in Bath, including the effect that living here had on her and her writing.
Come and meet our costumed ‘character’ guides, and enjoy being shown Bath’s fascinating history and its associations with Jane Austen and her family. The Centre also now features a specially commissioned waxwork of Jane – two years in the making, with the assistance of an internationally-renowned sculptor, an FBI-trained forensic artist and a Bafta and Emmy award-winning costume designer.
We have an extensive Group Visits programme, including walking tours of Georgian and Regency Bath. The publication Jane Austen’s Regency World, a full colour bi-monthly magazine, is available online or from our in-house giftshop. You will also find an online quiz, updated every month, and a comprehensive list of Austen and Regency historical related links.
No visit to the Centre is complete without stopping for refreshment at its wonderful Regency Tea Room, open daily for afternoon and cream teas, light lunches, cakes and drinks – and our new favourite, a bubbly champagne afternoon tea! The Tea Room is open whether you visit the Centre or not, so you’re welcome to pop in or book a table any time.
Want to learn more about Jane Austen? We host a treasure trove of information in our Online Magazine, which contains over 800 articles and includes a weekly blog of news and information about our favourite author from the UK and from around the world.
Here you’ll find fascinating information on all aspects of Jane Austen’s life and work, Georgian and Regency history, recipes, fashion, music, contemporary life and much more.
Want something Austen related for yourself or a friend? You’re just a click away from our wonderful Online Gift Shop.
Our online shop is stocked with a vast array of Austen- and period-themed items, from Regency-style tea sets to Jane Austen jewellery. There are significantly more gifts and ideas in our online shop than we can display at the Centre. The Online Giftshop is full of gift ideas for gifts for Austen devotees – feel free to browse!
Finally, we offer Free Membership to our Jane Austen site and services. You will have full access to the 1000 articles from our online magazine, regular Austen news from around the world, as well as offers from our Online Giftshop, a fun weekly quiz, plus a welcome 10% off voucher for any online purchases.