No. 1 Royal Crescent

No. 1 Royal Crescent
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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. 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.

Come and see what life was like - both upstairs and downstairs!

Venue Type:

Historic house or home, Heritage site, Museum, Gallery

Opening hours

Tuesday - Sunday (and Bank Holiday Mondays): 10.30am - 5.30pm
Mondays: 12noon - 5.30pm
Last entry 4.30pm

Open from 4 February to 17 December 2017

Admission charges

Adult £10
Child £4
Concessions £7
Group £7
Family £22


  • Museums Association
  • National Art Pass

Collection details

Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Social History

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Women’s Suffrage 100: Freedom & Fight in Bath

  • 10 February 2018 — 1 January 2019 *on now

What would the 18th century founder of the Bluestocking Society talk to a 20th century Bath suffragette about? What role did women play in saving and restoring the city of Bath? To mark the centenary of women getting the vote and being able to stand for parliament we present a new performance in a salon at No.1 Royal Crescent where Elizabeth Monatagu and Mary Blathwayt discuss the politics and protest of their day. Experience their discussions and then explore the more recent history of women and protest through the story of the campaigning women of Bath Preservation Trust.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
photograph of woman in georgian style dress showing teacup to woman

Museum Lates: A Georgian House by Candlelight

  • 6 July 2018 From 6pm, From 6:30pm
  • 3 August 2018 From 6pm, From 6:30pm
  • 7 September 2018 From 6pm, From 6:30pm
  • 5 October 2018 From 6pm, From 6:30pm
  • 2 November 2018 From 6pm, From 6:30pm
  • 7 December 2018 From 6pm, From 6:30pm

First Friday of every month. A rare chance to visit the museum at night. On these tours our costumed guides will show you the house and bring it to life with their stories. The house becomes even more atmospheric. Our shop will also be open for these special events.

First Friday of every month. Two tours at 6pm and 6.30pm, lasting approximately one hour.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children




Lecture: Jane Austen the Radical

  • 17 September 2018 6:30-7:30pm

Helena Kelly, author of ‘Jane Austen: The Secret Radical’ presents a lecture on the subject, revealing her reassessment of the life and work of Jane Austen as a subversive and daring, truly radical writer. Focusing on the serious, ambitious, subversive nature of this writer, the lecture will illuminate the radical subjects within Jane Austen’s novels, including slavery, poverty and feminism. The author reveals the real Jane Austen: a clever, clear-sighted woman “of information”, aware of what was going on in the world and sure about what she thought of it. This is perfectly aligned with our 2018 lecture series celebrating 100 years of women’s suffrage and connects with the role of Georgian women in the fight for gender equality.

Tickets can be bought in advance, online.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children




Jane Austen Festival Tours

  • 21 September 2018 From 6:30pm, From 6:50pm, From 7:10pm, From 7:30pm

In partnership with the Jane Austen Festival, we open our museum for evening tours. See a Georgian house by candlelight and get into the spirit of these tours by coming along in period costume.

Our costumed guides will show you the house and reveal its stories, as well as bring to life moments of Jane Austen’s novels as you wander the rooms of our incredible Georgian home.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children


£30 includes tour, glass of Prosecco and canapes.


No. 1 Royal Crescent
c/o 1 Royal Crescent




01225 428126

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.