Ask anyone in Bath who is the city’s most well-known resident, and they are sure to mention Jane Austen. The celebrated British author spent five years living at 4 Sydney Place (a 15 minute walk from the Jane Austen Centre) from 1801-06, and featured the city in many of her novels, including Northanger Abbey and Persuasion.
From the introductory talk by a costumed guide, to the excellent gift shop and the delicious Regency Tea Room, where you can treat yourself to a ‘Tea with Mr Darcy’, the Jane Austen Centre truly is a gateway to Regency Bath - there’s even the opportunity to try on some amazing regency dress.
For a fully immersive experience, visit during the Jane Austen Festival and take part in the world-famous Grand Regency Costumed Promenade or the Regency Costume Masked Ball, which takes place in the same buildings that Jane Austen visited herself.
The lifelike waxwork of Jane Austen was created by forensic artists after extensive research using contemporary eye witness accounts and family facial characteristics - look out for the ‘Austen family nose’.
- Limited accessibility for wheelchair users
- Guide dogs permitted