Bath Preservation Trust

Aerial view of the Royal Crescent in Bath

The Bath Preservation Trust was founded in 1934 as a small pressure group, with the object of protecting the city’s unique architectural heritage. The Trust has saved hundreds more listed buildings from demolition, and today has approximately 1,400 subscribing members from the UK and overseas supporting its work.

The Trust exists to preserve the historic character and amenities of Bath, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the only city in the UK afforded World Heritage Status. The popularity of this beautiful city does have its disadvantages for there are constant threats to the city’s 6,400 listed buildings, unsympathetic urban intrusions and an increasing threat of development in the city’s green belt. The Trust resists harmful changes to the architectural integrity of the city but supports appropriate new developments. A major part of the Trust’s work is reviewing all planning applications and listed building consent applications submitted to Bath & North East Somerset Council and responding as necessary.

Working positively, the Trust contributes financially to remedial works that enhance the city’s Georgian character. On a larger scale, it has rescued properties as diverse as cottages which once housed artisans who built the great Georgian architectural set pieces, and the historically significant Beckford’s Tower, now owned by the Bath Preservation Trust and run as a museum.

Venue Type:

Heritage site, Architecture centre, Association or society

Opening hours

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Admission charges



  • Museums Association
  • National Art Pass
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Bath: World Heritage Site - a resource pack for teachers

A free resource pack for teachers designed to support learning about the City of Bath World Heritage Site. This pack encourages schools to hold a World Heritage Day in their school to learn about and celebrate the importance of the World Heritage Site.


  • Bath Preservation Trust

How to obtain

Free download.

Street Renaissance Project Streetscape Audit

This streetscape survey form is a useful resource for looking at any local neighbourhood. It lists built environment elements to look for, details and materials, their condition (broken, in the wrong place, in the way, too many, not enough, dirty, or not the right colour). In addition to noting areas which are in decline, the form helps students to assess what is worth keeping, important features and good examples, and where opportunities exist to enhance and improve facilities and access.

How to obtain

Scroll down to Street Renaissance Project on the Bath Preservation Trust website and click Download a Streetscape Survey.

Sustainable World Heritage: A free resource pack for teachers

This pack is designed for secondary school teachers and links issues about managing the City of Bath World Heritage Site with the Citizenship curriculum. The pack encourages schools to hold a citizenship day to focus on these issues.


  • Bath Preservation Trust


  • Bath Preservation Trust

How to obtain

Free download.

Bath Preservation Trust
1 Royal Crescent



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