No.1 Royal Crescent
No. 1 Royal Crescent provides visitors with an opportunity to look beyond the Crescent's famous Palladian facade and see what life was like for the wealthy and their servants in eighteenth-century Bath. Built between 1767 and 1774 to the designs of the architect John Wood the Younger, the Royal Crescent is justly considered one of the finest achievements of eighteenth-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. 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, whilst the elegant withdrawing room is ready for fashionable visitors to take tea. The gentleman’s retreat reveals the interests of No. 1’s first resident, Mr Henry Sandford, including travel and discoveries, electricity and agriculture as well as local gossip and news. Upstairs are a gentleman’s and a lady’s bedroom, with original paraphernalia and fittings. Below stairs are the original kitchen and scullery, coal-holes and servant’s corridors, the Housekeeper’s Room and Servants' Hall. Guides in every room bring the house to life with stories of the past.