No 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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- 9 May — 8 November 2015 *on now
A collection of historic dolls’ houses and miniature furniture made in the 1700s and 1800s, which have never before been on public display.
These amazing objects are part of the private collection of Liza Antrim and will be on display for the first time. This is a rare opportunity to engage a wide range of people with the heritage of childhood and will reveal a fascinating social history of the period.
Ten dolls’ houses are on show in the Brownsword Gallery and within the rooms of No. 1 itself, an authentic Georgian townhouse revealing life above and below stairs nearly 250 years ago. The Small Worlds exhibition includes a dolls’ house made in Bristol for the children of local chocolate maker Francis Fry in c1840 (“The Fry House”). The oldest dolls’ house “Bellamy’s House” was made c1762 and shows little evidence of having been played with. Displays of miniature furniture, textiles and dolls are displayed alongside information about who made these items and how they have survived.
- Family friendly
Normal admission charges apply.
Art Imitates Life in the Kitchen
- 14 October 2015 6:30-7:30pm
Take a closer look at the kitchenalia within the dolls’ houses of our Small Worlds exhibition as Historian Emma Kay explores the growth of domestic consumerism in the 18th century kitchen. Watch demonstrations of recipes being created using these fascinating objects, have the chance to participate and handle items from the period. Take away Georgian recipes to try at home.
Tickets £10, includes a glass of wine and samples of food inspired by Georgian recipes. To book a ticket visit no1royalcrescent.org.uk or call 01225 428126.
Miniature Food Workshop
- 17 October 2015 2-4pm
Meet Bath based miniature food artist Gail Tucker as she gives a talk on ways to excel in the world of making miniature art. In this workshop you’ll have the opportunity to make your own miniature food item to take home. Gail has over 28 years of experience, so you’ll come away with valuable advice for your own dolls’ house projects or be inspired to try something new.
Tickets £15, refreshments will be provided. To book a ticket visit no1royalcrescent.org.uk or call 01225 428126.
- Any age
Music for an Autumn Evening
- 30 — 31 October 2015 6-8pm
Free tours of the museum starting at 6.00pm and 6.30pm. The museum will be open until 8pm.
Enjoy the atmospheric surroundings of No. 1 Royal Crescent on our free guided tours of the museum. Grab a torch on Saturday's Halloween guided tour and count the bats who have taken over the historic kitchen. Don't miss the Small Worlds, historic dolls' houses exhibition. Spaces are limited, so please book in advance on 01225 428126.
- Any age
Spaces are limited, so please book in advance on 01225 428126.
No 1 Royal Crescent
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