• LOCATION 19 | Walk the Highlights of Georgian & Victorian Bath

    Inside Upper Assembly rooms

    Inside Upper Assembly rooms on Bath audio tour Walk the Highlights of Georgian & Victorian Bath

    Hello, if you are listening from inside the Assembly Rooms, you should be near the end of the corridor to the vestibule area.

    This is where you will find the entrances to the historic rooms and also the Fashion Museum.

    If you're not there yet, then please pause the tour until you are. Also make sure to have your phone out so you can pause the tour to spend more time in a specific area.

    Also in this area there is normally displayed what are known as sedan chairs; these are the taxi cabs of the 1700s. It would take two very strong men to carry a passenger in one of these. Can you imagine this happening today?

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    Enter the ball-room on the left as you arrive in the vestibule area and walk to the wall opposite, then turn to face the way you came in.

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    By looking back across the room, notice the rounded balcony high up on the opposite wall – this is where some of the finest musicians played, led by the best conductors of the time, including the Bath resident and famous astronomer, William Hershel. The music would range from a minuet at the start of the evening’s dancing to full contra-dancing later on. You'll be standing a great place to appreciate the beautiful and original chandeliers.

    Please return to the vestibule area.

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    Enter the Octagon-room, the 8-sided room, opposite the end of the corridor and walk to the centre of the room.

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    This room has just one chandelier hanging, but what a chandelier! – this room was used for gambling, which included forms of roulette and card playing. Notice also the various paintings from this period hanging high up around these walls, including a family portrait by the famous artist Thomas Gainsborough in the balcony. From the Octagon, you can also visit the card-room, walking a little further in the direction you entered, which these days is used for refreshments!

    Please return to the vestibule area.

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    Enter the tea-room and move to central location.

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    This was traditionally a quieter place, created to talk and listen to a more tranquil level of music being played from the grand balcony high above you. Enjoy for a moment and take a look at the splendid chandeliers, alcoves and ceiling. However, you may also notice some of the limestone walls in this room have a red tinge to them. This happened as a result of the heat from the fire which destroyed the original ceiling and floor and was caused by incendiary fire bombs, dropped during WWII in April 1942, by the German Luftwaffe.

    Please return to the vestibule area.

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    Enter the Fashion Museum if you have purchased a ticket and immerse yourself in a world of ladies fashion! - and when finished, please exit the Assembly Rooms via the same corridor as you entered and re-join the tour outside. Once outside, continue by turning to your right and walking the few steps to Bennett Street. We'll talk some more on Bennett Street.

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