This homage to Jane Austen explores her numerous connections to the city – she spent five years in Bath and set two of her novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, here – through a variety of costume set-pieces and writing extracts, though it’s as much a historical insight into Regency life as it is about the author herself. Period tearooms upstairs complete the picture, while the gift shop does a brisk trade in tongue-in-cheek memorabilia, including ‘I Love Mr Darcy’ bags and the like.
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You have to hear an introductory talk before getting to see the exhibition and there's not a lot there but it was still fun to visit as we tried on bonnets and learned fan language. (Yes, I was visiting with children and this is not really a family attraction.)
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