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Royal Crescent

This semicircular terrace of townhouses is one of Bath’s most well-known landmarks.

The Royal Crescent is considered to be among the U.K’s most impressive examples of Georgian architecture. Overlooking the greenery of Royal Victoria Park, this landmark is now home to private housing as well as a five-star luxury hotel. It also serves as a popular site for filming period TV shows and movies, such as Persuasion and The Duchess. Be sure to check out the interesting museum housed inside No. 1 Royal Crescent, which features beautiful 18th-century furniture and artwork.

Consisting of 30 houses, the Royal Crescent was built between 1767 and 1775. The crescent is defined by its perfectly symmetrical houses, gently sloping lawn and impressive ha-ha, a ditch that serves as a barrier while also allowing for unobstructed views. Note the commemorative plaques that mark the buildings where famous people have lived or stayed over the centuries. Look for a plaque on No.5 Royal Crescent indicating it was once the home of English writer and poet Christopher Anstey.

Don’t miss the museum at No. 1, found on the corner with Brock Street. The first house to be built on the crescent, No. 1 Royal Crescent has been restored and furnished with authentic 18th-century decorations. The museum presents an interesting perspective into the English class system, with the lavish upper floors contrasting with the basic servants’ quarters below.

Wander through the museum’s recreated scullery, bedrooms, kitchen and housekeeper's room. Learn about the home’s first resident, Henry Sandford, and explore the Cabinet of Curiosities, which reflects Sandford’s interest in world cultures and natural history. Look for the elegant dessert table arrangement in the dining room as well as historic mousetraps in the downstairs rooms. Notice the wig scratcher in the Lady’s Bedroom, which was used to provide relief from headlice.

Royal Crescent is a 20-minute walk from Bath Spa train station. A car park is available on nearby Charlotte Street. There is an admission fee for the museum at No. 1 Royal Crescent.


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Lodging Near Royal Crescent

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Apex City of Bath Hotel $140
Apex City of Bath Hotel

Apex City of Bath Hotel

1 James Street West, Bath
     
    4.6
    of 5, from 263 reviews
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    Located in Bath City Centre, this hotel is steps from The Egg Theatre and Theatre Royal Bath. Roman Baths and Bath Abbey are also within 10 minutes.

    Hilton Bath City $99
    Hilton Bath City

    Hilton Bath City

    Walcot Street, Bath
       
      3.9
      of 5, from 1,614 reviews
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      Hilton Bath City is next to the River Avon and has some of Bath’s best Georgian architecture right outside its door. It’s only 5 minutes on foot to the Theatre Royal and Bath Abbey, and just a little farther to Bath Spa Railway Station. Take a 10-minute stroll to the beauty and well kept Parade Park (entrance fee). Bath Abbey and Roman Baths are also within easy reach on foot. Bath Spa Railway Station is a 15-minute walk with direct links to London Paddington. Parking is available in the local vicinity and there are 3 Park & Ride options, the hotel doesn’t own a car park.

      The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa $275
      The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa

      The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa

      16 Royal Crescent, Bath
         
        4.6
        of 5, from 355 reviews
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        Occupying honey-colored, 18th-century houses in the heart of Bath, this historic hotel is across from the Botanical Gardens and a quarter of a mile from the Jane Austen Centre.

        Parade Park Bath $70
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          3.5
          of 5, from 981 reviews
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          Situated in Bath, this bed & breakfast is steps from Parade Gardens, Bath Abbey, and Roman Baths. Theatre Royal Bath and The Holburne Museum are also within 15 minutes.

          Francis Hotel Bath - MGallery by Sofitel $138
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            4.4
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            Located in Upper Town, this hotel is steps from The Egg Theatre, Jane Austen Centre, and Theatre Royal Bath. Roman Baths and Bath Abbey are also within 10 minutes.

            Classic Georgian Flat Offers Luxurious and Spacious Accommodation
            Classic Georgian Flat Offers Luxurious and Spacious Accommodation

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              5.0
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              Located in Upper Town, this spa apartment building is steps from No. 1 Royal Crescent and Royal Crescent. Bath Assembly Rooms and Museum of Bath at Work are also within 5 minutes.

              Fantastic 2 Bedroom Apartment in Sought After Area in Bath
              Fantastic 2 Bedroom Apartment in Sought After Area in Bath

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                Located in Upper Town, this spa apartment building is steps from No. 1 Royal Crescent and Royal Crescent. Museum of Bath at Work and Bath Assembly Rooms are also within 5 minutes.

                1st Floor Georgian Apartment for 4, Perfect for Enjoying Vibrant City Living
                1st Floor Georgian Apartment for 4, Perfect for Enjoying Vibrant City Living

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                  Located in Upper Town, this spa apartment building is steps from No. 1 Royal Crescent and Royal Crescent. Museum of Bath at Work and Bath Assembly Rooms are also within 5 minutes.