Who was Jane Austen?
Bath and Jane Austen
Jane Austen's Places in Bath
Jane Austen's Centre in Bath
The Jane Austen Centre Regency Tea Rooms
Jane Austen Dancers of Bath
Jane Austen Festival in Bath
3. Who was she?
Jane Austen was an
English novelist whose
books, set among the
English middle and upper
classes, are notable for
their wit, social
observation and insights
into the lives of early 19th
4. Jane Austen was born on 16 December 1775 in the village of Steventon in
Hampshire. She was one of eight children of a clergyman and grew up in a close-knit
family. She began to write as a teenager. In 1801 the family moved to Bath. After the
death of Jane's father in 1805 Jane, the family moved several times eventually
settling in Chawton, near Steventon.
In 1816, Jane began to suffer from ill-health, probably due to Addison's disease. She
travelled to Winchester to receive treatment, and died there on 18 July 1817 at the
age of 41.
(1775 - 1817)
Jane's brother Henry helped her to publish her first novel, 'Sense and
Sensibility', appeared in 1811. Her next novel 'Pride and Prejudice', which she
described as her "own darling child" received highly favourable reviews.
'Mansfield Park' was published in 1814, then 'Emma' in 1816. 'Emma' was
dedicated to the prince regent, an admirer of her work.
Two more novels, 'Persuasion' and 'Northanger Abbey' were published
posthumously and a final novel was left incomplete. All of Jane Austen's novels
were published anonymously.
6. Bath and Jane Austen
Jane Austen set two of her six published novels, «Northanger Abbey»
and «Persuasion», in Bath and made the city her home from 1801 to
In «Northanger Abbey» Jane Austen writes:
' They arrived in Bath. Catherine was all eager delight; - her eyes were here,
there, everywhere, as they approached its fine and striking environs, and
afterwards drove through those streets which conducted them to the hotel.
She was come to be happy, and she felt happy already'.
8. Jane Austen Centre in Bath
Celebrating Bath’s most famous
resident, The Jane Austen Centre
offers a snapshot of life during
Regency times and explores how
living in this magnificent city
affected Jane Austen’s life and
writing. ‘Live’ Guides, costume,
film, superb giftshop and an
authentic period atmosphere
await you at this premier
9. Opening times:
4th November 2013 – 5th April 2014 (Winter
11:00am – 4:30pm (Sunday – Friday… Last
entry to Centre & Tearoom 3:30pm)
Saturdays 9:45am – 5:30pm (Last entry to
Centre & Tearoom at 4:30pm)
April 1st – June 30th 2014 (inclusive)
9.45am – 5.30pm (Summer Hours)
July 1st – August 31st (inclusive) 9am –
The centre is opened 7 days a week
throughout the Summer.
Jane Austen Centre in Bath
Ticket Type Ticket Tariff
Adult £8.00 per ticket
Child (6 - 16) £4.50 per ticket
Discovery Card Holders Free
Family* £22.00 per ticket
Senior (60+) £7.00 per ticket
Student £6.00 per ticket
*Family usually means 2 Adults + up to 4 Children
10. The Jane Austen Centre Regency Tea Rooms
The quintessentially English
tradition of taking afternoon tea
has always been a popular treat in
Bath. Consisting of a choice of fine
teas, a range of delicate
sandwiches and a selection of
mouth-watering cakes and scones,
it’s easy to see why this indulgent
delight is still as popular today as
it was in Georgian times.
Jane Austen Centre offers you an
opportunity to taste traditional
English tea in the atmosphere of
*Georgian times (1760 - 1820) - the time when Jane Austen lived
11. Jane Austen Dancers of Bath
The 1995 BBC version of Pride and Prejudice and the
Ball at Netherfield where Mr Darcy danced with Miss
Elizabeth Bennet, inspired the Jane Austen Dancers of
Bath to be founded in 1996 – the first and foremost
Regency dance group in Bath and the UK.
12. Jane Austen Dancers classes provide the opportunity to learn how
to dance, and find out more about the etiquette, the fashion, the
history and the social customs of the Regency and late Georgian
They hold an annual Ball and special classes for events such as
The Jane Austen Festival and Pride & Prejudice Tours. Also they
frequently participate in film and TV projects and private & public
Jane Austen Dancers of Bath
13. Jane Austen's Festival in Bath
The first Jane Austen Festival in Bath was held in September
2001 over the course of a weekend with events taking place at
the Jane Austen Centre in Gay Street.
The first Promenade set out from the Jane Austen Centre in
2004 and had 30 people including most of the staff taking
part. In 2009 the promenade had over 450, all in costume
with drummers, dancers, military and naval men.
This year it will be already thirteen's Jane Austen Festival!
14. The Festival is hold each
year in autumn and
continue from 12th to
You can see the long and
interesting programme of
the festival on:
Jane Austen's Festival in Bath