Jane Austen Centre

40 Gay St, Bath, Somerset BA1 2NT
39 Gay Street Bath England BA1 2NT GB
01225 44300001225 443000

This interesting and cosy centre is a pleasure from beginning to end with its exciting and illuminating stories of the writer Jane Austen. Enjoy the atmosphere as you admire the fine costumes, maps, books and watch an exclusive film. It is the perfect starting point for an exploration of this famous author.

Enjoy the permanent exhibition which tells the story of Jane’s experience in Bath city between 1801 and 1806. She actually lived in Gay Street (higher up the hill on the same side at no.25) for some months in 1805. Learn the effect that living there had on her writing and her life.

Costumed staff at the centre will bring the Austen experience alive and you can dress in Regency costumes as well. Take a photo of yourself in bonnets, top hats, shawls, small draw-stringed handbags and parasols. You can even take part in a ‘Jane Austen themed walking tour’ around Bath where you will see where she lived, the settings for her novels ‘Northanger Abbey’ and ‘Persuasion, and you will get to know this beautiful city intimately.


Visitors can find their award-winning regency tearooms up on the second floor. They only have disabled access to the ground floor, where the exhibition and gift shop are situated. As visits begin with an introductory talk on the first floor, with the tea rooms up on the second, visitors should be aware of the stairs.

Their toilets are downstairs on the lower ground floor. They do not have allocated parking, but there are a number of places to park in the surrounding areas, with the large Charlotte Street car park just a five minute walk from the centre.

They are unable to allow dogs in to the exhibition, with the exception of service dogs.

Opening Times: 7 days a week. Their only closures come on Christmas day, Boxing day and New Year’s day. They do sometimes close for a week around January for renovations, details of which are displayed on their website during the closure period.

Adults £11.00
Seniors £9.50
Students £8.50
Children £5.50
Family (2 adults and up to 4 children)£26

They also offer group rates which include a 20% discount.

Photo Credits: © The Jane Austen Centre