What is the Jane Austen Centre?
Welcome to Bath, England – a place very much at the heart of Jane Austen’s life and works. And nestled in the heart of the city is the Jane Austen Centre, a permanent exhibition that explores Jane’s time in Bath and the influence that this beautiful city had on her books, characters and personal life.
New* See the stunning Jane Austen waxwork by award winning sculptor Mark Richards.
The Jane Austen Centre’s exhibition has been created with the guidance of Louise Ross and Maggie Lane, two leading authorities on Jane Austen, and of local members of the Jane Austen Society. It enjoys a reputation as one of the leading places to learn about English literature’s most beloved novelist.
The exhibition aims to be not only informative but also exciting and illuminating. The Jane Austen Centre is situated in an original period property, and visits are enhanced by knowledgeable guides in Regency costume. There are talks, activities and contemporary exhibits, including the opportunity to dress up in Regency costume and view an exclusive film starring Adrian Lukis (Mr. Wickham in the celebrated BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice).
During your time at the Jane Austen Centre, you’ll learn how Jane was fascinated by Bath, mentioning it in all of her novels, as well as making it the principal setting of Northanger Abbey and Persuasion.
The Jane Austen Centre Gift Shop
At the Jane Austen Centre Gift Shop we try to find lots of interesting and unusual items that are not found in other shops locally. And many of our products are made just for us, and are not available anywhere else.
Of course we do stock all of the novels, CDs and DVDs associated with Jane Austen, as well as works of history, biographies and follow-on novels. It is surprising how many follow-ons there are. There is much interest and speculation about what happened next in each of Jane Austen’s books.
The Jane Austen Centre Gift Shop is decorated in appropriate Regency colours and is always welcoming and warm. It is a hive of activity at Festival time with visitors from around the world visit the city to celebrate their love of Jane. This is the time of year which is the most fun – with the possible exception of Christmas when we bring out the mince pies and mulled wine!
For a small space in a Georgian building the Jane Austen Centre Gift Shop manages to stock an amazing variety of high quality items ranging from stationery to exquisite Regency-style handmade jewellery. If you can’t get to Bath, many of the products which are sold in the Gift Shop and much more can be purchased online through our Online Giftshop. The online shop is always worth a visit: here you will find special offers and interesting items we don’t have room on our shelves to stock.
Want to Learn More?
Visitor information, opening times, prices, map and contact information.
Beat the queues and book your tickets through the Jane Austen Online Gift Shop.
If you’re planning a group visit, please download our online brochure
The Jane Austen Centre is the perfect place to discover more of Jane’s experience in the city between 1801 and 1806, and the effect that living here had on her work.