• LOCATION 25 | Walk the Highlights of Georgian & Victorian Bath

    Royal Crescent

    Royal Crescent on Bath audio tour Walk the Highlights of Georgian & Victorian Bath

    Let’s stop here a while, outside number 1 Royal Crescent, which is now a permanent museum to life at the end of the 1770s, when this crescent of 30 town houses was built. This was the first of many crescents in Bath and majestically sweeps ahead, hugging the contours of the land and was built by John Wood the Younger, the son Wood the Elder!

    As with all the houses built in Bath during the Georgian period, these were built for residential use only, but today, they are a mixture of apartments, houses, hotels, doctors, dentists and a museum of course.

    If the museum in number 1 is open, there is normally a free video showing in the room just to the right on entry, using the smaller annex door, which is a good way of seeing how the house operated in those days. You may also wish to see the whole house by paying for a ticket at the desk.

    You can pause the tour now to pop inside. When you're done, come back to this spot and press play.

    If you plan on spending some time inside, then close off the tour. When you're done come back to this spot and start it again by choosing Resume.

    [5 SECONDS PAUSE]

    Once you've been inside the house, let’s take a closer look at the Crescent lawn, the grass area in front of the Royal Crescent.

    Carefully cross the cobbled road to the iron railings just opposite the main door to number 1, next to the edge of the lawn grass and where it meets the parkland grass.

    [5 SECOND PAUSE]

    If you look along to the right, you will see a dividing wall and ditch, which separates the lawn from the parkland - this is known as a ‘ha ha’ and is a very clever and effective way of stopping farm and wild animals from jumping onto your private grass!

    [5 SECOND PAUSE]

    With your back to the ‘ha ha’, return in the direction of Brock Street and walk on the cobble stones, keeping close to the parkland iron railings, to the corner, back towards the old telephone box painted grey.

    Remember the street I pointed out at the previous stop, turn right to head down it to the main road located in Victoria Park.

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