No 1 Royal Crescent
No 1 Royal Crescent
c/o 1 Royal Crescent
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.
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.
Historic house or home, Garden, parklands or rural site, Heritage site
Last entry 1630
November closes at 1600
Last entry 1530
Closed 12 December - Mid February
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Impressive Interiors, Magnificent Music
- 16 May 2014 5:30-7:30pm
Join us for an evening of exquisite music as we welcome a host of musicians to perform in the elegant surroundings of No. 1 Royal Crescent. Wander around our beautiful historic rooms in the atmospheric evening light, and discover what life was like for the rich and fashionable residents of Bath.
Special performances from our harpsichordist will take place in the Withdrawing room. Don’t forget to visit our special exhibition - Portrait of a Lady? Georgian Women Revealed, to discover what life was like for women in the 18th century.
The exhibition features a collection of over 50 mezzotint portraits of Georgian women from actresses to duchesses and runs from 16 May until 14 December.
- Family friendly