No.1 Royal Crescent is a magnificently restored Georgian town house that creates a wonderfully vital picture of life in Georgian Bath.
Built between 1767 – 1774 to the designs of the architect John Wood the Younger, the Royal Crescent is justly considered one of the finest achievements of 18th century urban architecture and represents the highest point of Palladian architecture in Bath.
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No.1 was the first house to be built in the Crescent and originally provided luxury accommodation for the aristocratic visitors who came to take the waters and enjoy the social season.
Nowadays No.1 provides visitors to the Crescent with an opportunity to look beyond the famous Palladian façade and see what life was like for the wealthy in 18th century Bath. Each room is an exquisite example of Georgian interior design with authentic furniture, paintings, textiles and carpets.
The superbly appointed Dining Room is set for dessert. Pipes and port are laid out for an evening of cards in the comfortable Gentleman’s Study. Upstairs you can see the elegant Drawing Room, where fashionable visitors took tea, or slip into a delightfully feminine bedroom. Below stairs is a splendidly equipped, bustling Georgian Kitchen. Guides in every room bring the house to life with stories of the past.
No. 1 Royal Crescent is now open with 10 historically dressed rooms, a new exhibition space and a well-stocked Georgian shop. There is level access to two floors for the first time, and a virtual tour for areas inaccessible by lift.
Joint tickets include £1 off the full adult ticket price at Beckford’s Tower and Herschel Museum of Astronomy.
No.1 Royal Crescent is open every day from 10.30 to 17.30 except for Mondays, when it is open from 12.00 to 17.30. Last entry is 16.30.