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Jane Austen Centre (The)
40 Gay Street, Queen Square, Bath, United Kingdom
NileGuide Expert tip:
Finish it all off with a cup of tea in the second-floor Regency Tea Rooms. One lump or two?
Bath's most famous resident has to be Jane Austen, As such she still draws the crowds to the city today, almost 200 years after her death. The novelist behind such classics as Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility and Emma visited the city of Bath frequently throughout her life, and lived here for five years from 1801 (although it is rumoured that she didn't particularly enjoy doing so). Today the closest you'll get to meeting Mr Darcy is having your photograph taken with the man who stands outside the Jane Austen Centre in period costume, but you will get several opportunities to learn more about the best-loved heroine of them all. More energetic literary lovers can take themselves off on the Jane Austen walk, to explore the places that inspired the novelist. Everyone can explore the Jane Austen Centre, which explains what Bath was like when Austen lived here and her connections with the city. It also shows you examples of the art and clothing of Austen's day.