The Jane Austen Centre located in Gay Street where Jane Austen once lived, the permanent exhibition in this Georgian house ... More
Jane Austen Centre (The)
The Jane Austen Centre located in Gay Street where Jane Austen once lived, the permanent exhibition in this Georgian house offers a look at the life and times of Bath's most famous authoress. Staff give regular introductory talks, following which you may browse through the exhibition at your leisure. Settings and costumes illustrate Bath in Austen's time, while a video presentation gives glimpses of her daily life and how living in Bath influenced her novels. If you fancy dressing in period costume and posing for the camera, make an appointment for a sitting with the professional photographer. The gift shop offers various Jane Austen souvenirs, books, stationery, lace, cards and gifts.
I enjoyed the Jane Austen Centre. The staff were really nice. I did buy a few things in the shop including an antique copy of North Anger Abby. The staff gave me copies of the Jane Austen's Regency World Magazine for free since i spent so much. I didn't do the tour by i did go and enjoy the tea rooms. I had a lovely time.
As a HUGE fan, I was so looking forard to the Jane Austen Center and even dragged my poor friends along(who are NOT fans). I have been apologizing ever since. Please don't ruin the fantasy by coming here. Stop at the front door, take a pic with the wax figure, maybe buy one item in the shop and run away.
There is little to like about the Jane Austen Centre, Bath, other than the exit sign. The awful dummy dressed as the Lady on the door step should have been an indiacation of what was to come. For £7.45 I expected more than a few dusty costumes, a short video and little else other than an expensive gift shop. How awful the overseas visitors must think of Bristish tourist attractions.
As a Jane Austen fan, I was VERY disappointed in the centre. You listen to a talk about her life, all of which can be found on the internet. Also, the exhibition was not authentic or nice at all. Also, a lack of creative and clean presentation. Over priced admission and the shop sold nothing but photos of the "BBC"'s Mr Darcy.
The prices were really expensive and staff were rude. It was a shock to visit after going to lovely Chawton House (where Jane actually lived), they did not have anything that belonged to Jane it seemed like this museum was just cashing in on her fame.
We visited the museum when the Jane Austen Festival was on and regretted it.Staff looked bored, really expensive and there was nothing much to see. If you climb up to the second floor there is a tea room but this was a complete rip-off and the staff were in filthy white frilly aprons who obviously did not want to be there. Save your money for the Pump Rooms and the Roman Baths.
When we could buy tickets (between the staff gossiping) we went up for a talk. The guide here was enthusiastic but the rest of the museum looks like my great Aunts sitting room. The shop looks sweet but very expensive and most of the products can be purchased elsewhere. Save your money for the Roman Baths.
i visted the jane asuten centre last week, I discovered so much on Jane Austen and loved every minute of the talk, afterwards i took a trip to the tea rooms where I enjoyed tea with mr Darcy, which was truly fantastic, well worth the trip.
I thought I knew a lot about Jane Austen, her life and works until I visited the Jane Austen Centre.
It was great to find out so much more!
The staff were informative and friendly, the ambience very 'Regency'.
Definitely worth a visit.
A complete rip off. Certainly an informative talk at the beginning, but the house itself and the contents had precious little connection with the lady. And anyway she only lived 5 years in Bath and apparently hated every minute!
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