The Jane Austen Centre tea room

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Celebrating Bath's most famous resident.

The Jane Austen Centre offers a snapshot of what it would be like to live in the Regency times - the fashion, food, society - everything that would have inspired Austen’s timeless novels. The Centre also explores how the city of Bath impacted upon Jane Austen’s life and writing in much-loved books such as Northanger Abbey and Persuasion. 

The Centre is set in a classically decorated Georgian townhouse, where your very own Austen experience will begin with a friendly welcome talk from a knowledgeable and helpful member of staff. After the introduction you’ll be free to wander around the intriguing exhibition at your own pace. 

Get into the Jane Austen spirit and feel as if you’re really in Pride and Prejudice by dressing up in the exhibition’s Regency costumes, including bonnets, top hats, shawls, fans and dresses. There are lots of opportunities for fun photos with the Jane Austen Centre providing a great backdrop.

The Centre has a waxwork which, for the first time in history, creates a lifelike portrayal of what Jane Austen would have looked like. It took three years for an experienced team, including sculptor Mark Richards and forensic artist Melissa Dring, to construct the waxwork which is based on eyewitness descriptions and a sketch by Austen’s sister Cassandra. For the first time in centuries, visitors can get up close to Jane Austen herself!

Once you've finished exploring, head upstairs to The Regency Tea Room for a delicious afternoon tea.

The Jane Austen Centre is a truly wonderful experience for all.

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult£14.75 per ticket
Child (6 - 16)£6.20 per ticket
Family (2 Adults + up to 4 Children)£28.00 per ticket
Senior (60+)£10.50 per ticket
Small Family (1 adult + up to 4 children)£26.50 per ticket
Student£9.50 per ticket

Discovery card holders receive 10% discount on entry tickets. Children under 6 go free with an adult.

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Accessible to Wheelchair Users - A ramp up to the main entrance and down into the exhibition space is available. The talk room and Tearoom is inaccessible to wheelchair users.
  • Facilities for Disabled Visitors
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Ramp to main entrance
  • Ramp/Level Access - There are ramps available to enter the venue, and descend to the exhibition space.
  • Steps to main entrance - A ramp is available for wheelchair users.

Attraction Facilities

  • Shop

Catering

  • On-Site café/restaurant - The Regency Tea Room on the 2nd floor has been awarded the Tea Guild's 'Award of Excellence'

Establishment Features

  • Printed Material in Foreign Languages
  • Toilets

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted

Venue Facilities

  • Groups Accepted

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Junction 18 M4. Follow directions to Bath and park in Charlotte Street Car Park. Car park entrance is 100m from the Jane Austen Centre

Public Transport Directions

Located in the centre of Bath – just follow the signposts. Bath Spa railway 15 minutes. Park and Ride stop 100m.

The Jane Austen Centre

Type:Museum

40 Gay Street, Queen Square, Bath, BA1 2NT
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Tel+44 (0)1225 443000

Opening Times

Winter Opening (1 Nov 2023 - 31 Mar 2024)
DayTimes
Monday - Friday10:00 - 16:00*
Saturday09:45 - 17:30*
Sunday10:00 - 16:00*
Summer Opening (1 Apr 2024 - 31 Oct 2024)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday09:45 - 17:30*

* During July and August the Centre is open from 9.30am until 6pm (Last entry to Centre & Tearoom is 1 hour before closing).

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change

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