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Bath: The Jane Austen Centre Ticket

1. Bath: The Jane Austen Centre Ticket

Discover a permanent exhibition that tells the story of Bath's most famous resident, the author Jane Austen, at the Jane Austen Center. Explore the effect that living in the Georgian city had on her life and writing. Costumed guides will take you through the exhibition and be on hand to satisfy your quest for knowledge of all things Austen. Taste some period-recipe food, dress up in Regency costume, and have your photo taken with the world famous Jane Austen waxwork. There is a delightful gift shop on the ground floor, which sells unique items bespoke to the Jane Austen Centre, and a delicious Regency Tea Room on the 2nd floor, which offers 17 varieties of leafed tea to go with locally baked cakes. The guided tour runs every 30-minutes.

From London: Stonehenge & Bath Full-Day Trip

2. From London: Stonehenge & Bath Full-Day Trip

Enjoy a full-day tour of 2 of the West Country of England’s most famous attractions on a coach trip from London to the standing stone circle of Stonehenge and the Roman and Georgian city of Bath. Following your transfer from central London, start by exploring the mysteries of Stonehenge, the world’s most famous prehistoric monument. Dating back some 5,000 years, the stone circle is located on Salisbury Plain, and has been home to pagan religions and spiritual worship for centuries. Try to unlock some of its secrets at the new Visitor Center. Then, continue to Bath in time for lunch at leisure. There’s an incredible selection of restaurants in the city, including traditional pubs for a classic pub lunch, quaint tea houses, and cool sandwich shops for a quick snack. Enjoy ample free time to wander the delightful crescents and terraces of the city to see fine examples of Georgian architecture. If you prefer, visit the Roman Baths, built around 2,000 years ago (entrance ticket at own expense). Marvel at the grand Bath Abbey, or go to the romantic Pulteney Bridge across the River Avon. Learn why Bath was so loved by Jane Austen at the Jane Austen Centre, and visit the elegant 18th-century Assembly Rooms. There will be plenty of time to shop, or to enjoy afternoon tea in the Pump Rooms, where the quintessential English experience is accompanied by live classical music.

Bath: Private Walking Tour

3. Bath: Private Walking Tour

Explore the UNESCO World Heritage site of Bath on a customizable tour. See the city’s top sights, and learn about its culture and history from your private student guide. Meet your guide to start the experience. Cross the famous Pulteney Bridge and discover the history of the Roman Baths. Pass the beautiful Thermae Bath Spa, Britain’s only thermal spa. See the Edgar window in Bath Abbey and hear stories of the building’s turbulent history. Learn about Jane Austin’s connection to the city, and discover the striking Royal Crescent, where your tour will end.

From Brighton: Full Day Stonehenge and Bath Tour

4. From Brighton: Full Day Stonehenge and Bath Tour

Spend the day discovering English history and heritage with an excursion that takes you to the mystical Stonehenge, as well as the city of Bath for an informative sightseeing tour. Your tour begins in Brighton, with downtown pickup from a convenient meeting point. Board an air-conditioned coach and head out to your first attraction, the prehistoric site of Stonehenge. Here, you’ll learn of the area’s mystery and significance, with the help of your onsite audio guide. Visit the visitor’s center, where objects unearthed from the site will be on display.   You’ll then head to the city of Bath, where you’ll follow a guide through ancient streets. Among other sites, you’ll pass by Bath Abbey, a parish church founded in the 7th century and UNESCO-listed building; the Jane Austen Center, which houses a permanent exhibition about Jane’s life and works, as well as a life-sized wax statue; and the Royal Crescent, a curved lined of 30 terraced houses that exemplify the city’s Georgian architecture. Then, you'll be given a map and some free time to get to know Bath and follow up on the sites that intrigued you the most.

From Brighton: Stonehenge and Bath Full-Day Trip

5. From Brighton: Stonehenge and Bath Full-Day Trip

To begin your jam-packed day, visit one of the most famous prehistoric monuments in the world — a must-see during any visit to England. Spanning back over 5,000 years of history, Stonehenge remains one of the world's great unsolved mysteries. The monument endures as a source of inspiration and fascination and, for many, a place of worship and celebration. An audioguide tour will accompany your walk around the stones. You can also visit the new, world-class visitor center, which is proud home to permanent and temporary exhibitions, plus a spacious shop and cafe. At the stone circle, a sense of context and dignity is returned to the monument.  In the afternoon, set off on a scenic drive to Bath. With over 2,000 years of history and streets lined with elegant, honey-colored Georgian houses, no other city rivals the breathtaking beauty of Bath. You will see the Royal Crescent, the Circus, Assembly Rooms, and the delightful Pulteney Bridge. Learn how the Romans arrived in Bath in the first century, discovered Britain's only existing hot water springs, and built a bathing complex. This complex now stands as Britain's greatest memorial to the Roman era. Toward the end of the tour, take some free time for shopping and to visit the city's many other attractions.

From London: Stonehenge and Bath Guided Day Trip

6. From London: Stonehenge and Bath Guided Day Trip

Explore the UNESCO World Heritage–listed attractions of Bath and Stonehenge on this full-day tour from London. Travel by coach to the prehistoric monument of Stonehenge and — with your audio guide to hand — gain insight into the sites historical significance. Afterward, visit the Georgian city of Bath — widely considered among England’s prettiest cities. Explore the ancient streets with your guide and discover top attractions including Bath Abbey, the Jane Austen Centre, and the Royal Crescent. This tour includes guide, entrance fees and round-trip travel from London.

From Bournemouth: Full-Day Sightseeing Tour to Bath

7. From Bournemouth: Full-Day Sightseeing Tour to Bath

Board the bus from Bournemouth Travel Interchange then sit back and relax as you soak up countryside views on the journey to Bath. Arrive in Bath and embark on an insightful guided tour of this charming Georgian city, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Listed location. Travel through the city’s picturesque streets and feel yourself be transported back in time as you listen to your guide share stories about Bath’s rich-history. Highlights of the tour include Bath Abbey and a parish church founded in the 7th century. The tour also passes by the Jane Austen Center, which houses a permanent exhibition of her life and her work, as well as the Royal Crescent, which boasts a curved line of 30 terraced housing showcasing the very best of the city's Georgian architecture. At the end of the guided tour, receive a map of the city and then spend some free time exploring on your own. During this time you can revisit the sights that interest you most, shop for souvenirs of your trip, or find a place for lunch. At the end of an unforgettable full-day experience, enjoy a well-deserved rest on the return journey to Bournemouth.

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What people are saying about The Jane Austen Centre

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 318 reviews

Great overall trip, excellent service imparted by tour guide Pepe & driver mate Choi did drive very carefully & every schedule was met in time , really fabulous experience, thanks a lot to Premium tours

Super little museum. Tour guides in character. Informative but not information overload. Chance to dress up, play regency games and try writing as Austin would have with quill and ink.

Excellent, value for money. If you go to bath this museum is a “must” on your to do list. The museum might be small but it contains so much history and information.

Amazing experience. Our tour guide Leon was fabulous. He talked about Stonehenge, Bath, history and many other things. Definitely recommend this

Really nice trip. Definitely check out the Roman Baths.