Top of the itinerary for fans of iconic English writer Jane Austen, the Jane Austen Centre is devoted to Bath’s most famous former resident. Exhibits chronicle Jane Austen’s life in Bath between 1801 and 1806, featuring Austen memorabilia and personal effects, as well as highlighting the city’s influence on her writing, inspiring novels like Persuasion and Northanger Abbey, and there’s even a lifelike Jane Austen waxwork to pose for photos with.
Housed in an authentic Georgian townhouse, the Jane Austen Centre does its best to recreate Regency-era Bath, with guides dressed in period clothing, elaborate costumes for visitors to try on, and grand Regency-themed Tea Rooms where you can tuck into High Tea fit for literary royalty, before shopping for unique Jane Austen souvenirs in the gift shop.
The Jane Austen Centre is located at 40 Gay Street in Bath and is open daily April-June & Sept 9.45am-5.30pm, July-Aug 9.30am-6pm and Nov-March: 11am-4.30pm, except Saturdays 9.45am-5.30pm. Adult admission costs £9 and last entrance is one hour before closing.