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A Visit to No1 Royal Crescent

May 14, 2015

I’ve written a few posts on things I did on my trip to Bath back in March. There’s so much amazing stuff to see and do there and I’d highly recommend it as a destination for a little city break. One of the places we went to was No1 Royal Crescent. One of the most famous addresses in Bath, this beautiful Georgian town house has undergone massive restoration and refurbishment and is a wonderful place to visit if you want to experience Bath as it was in it’s heyday.

I got very snap happy while I was there and took plenty of pictures of the amazing interiors, if I could go back in time I would definitely live there!

The Royal Crescent was built between 1767 and 1774 to the designs of John Wood the younger. The Crescent is absolutely beautiful and still has amazing views across the hills surrounding the city. You can even spot Prior Park an eighteenth century Paladian mansion in the hills.

Royal Crescent Bath

The house has survived years of 20th century neglect, bombs falling nearby during WW2 and was even at one time divided into flats. It is a huge achievement that it has now been recreated as a museum and is now one of Bath’s top attractions. It has been decorated to reflect the time it was lived in by Henry Sandford who lived in the house between 1776 and 1796 when he died.

Here are some of the pictures I took during my visit to the house…

No 1 Royal Crescent Sedan ChairOn arrival we watched a short video introducing the background of the property. There was also an original sedan chair, it must of been a bumpy ride being carried around hilly Bath in one of these!

No1 Royal Crescent Cabinet and GlobeDetails from the Parlour and Gentleman’s Retreat

No1 Royal Crescent Dining RoomThe Dining Room

No 1 Royal Crescent Drawing RoomThe Withdrawing Room

No1 Royal Crescent View from Drawing RoomThe amazing view from the Withdrawing Room

No1 Royal Crescent StairsThe Staircase

No1 Royal Crescent FlowersA beautiful Hallway

No1 Royal Crescent Ladies Bedroom No1 Royal Crescent Ladies Bedroom DetailsThe Ladies Bedroom

No1 Royal Crescent Gentlemen's BedroomThe Gentlemen’s Bedroom

No1 Royal Crescent Housekeepers RoomThe Housekeepers Room

No1 Royal Crescent Servants HallThe Servants Hall

No1 Royal Crescent ExteriorThe Courtyard

No1 Royal Crescent KitchenThe Kitchen

No1 Royal Crescent Paint and CarpetWhen you reach the end there is fascinating exhibition about the history of the house between the Georgian period and it’s later neglect. It discusses the way much of Bath’s heritage was lost after the war and the resurgence of interest in preserving Georgian properties. The parts about the restoration and particularly interesting.

If you find yourself in Bath, be sure to visit this amazing place. I was hugely impressed with the interpretation , as well as all the extremely knowledgeable volunteers who told us about each room in great detail. I’ll definitely be having another visit next time I’m in Bath.

Find out more on the No1 Royal Crescent Website.

  • Reply
    Jessica Cangiano
    May 15, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    Oh, Georgian era architecture and interior design, how you make my heart flutter like a harpsichord being plucked. Swoon, sigh, daydream!!! 🙂

    ♥ Jessica

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