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No.1 Royal Crescent

1 Royal Crescent, Bath, BA1 2LR

Type:Historic Site

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One of Bath’s most famous and instantly recognisable locations, No.1 Royal Crescent features a remarkable immersive experience, which will allow you to see life as it was lived in Georgian Bath during the late 1700s.

Look beyond the Crescent's famous Palladian façade 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 John Wood the Younger, the Royal Crescent is justly considered one of the finest achievements of eighteenth-century urban architecture. No.1 was the first house to be built in the Crescent, and originally provided luxury accommodation for 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 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.

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.

Accessibility Information

No.1 Royal Crescent is a historic building, and some of the floors are uneven, such as the flagstone flooring in the Basement and Courtyard. The Back Stairs are very steep and narrow. Outside the Gentleman’s Retreat there is glass flooring to showcase an original staircase below, which is on the main route but can be avoided by walking back through the Parlour to the Grand Staircase.

The Museum is divided into two areas, No.1 Royal Crescent and 1A, the domestic wing next door. There are two routes around the museum, one of which is step free. The step free route gives access to the ground and basement floors of the main house museum and the ground and first floors of the domestic wing. This route gives step free access, via an accessible lift, to almost all of the museum's spaces, but unfortunately means missing four rooms of the museum: 

The Gentleman’s Bedroom
The Ladies' Bedroom
The Withdrawing Room
The Kitchen

A virtual iPad tour of these rooms is available to borrow from the ticket desk. When borrowing iPads, visitors will be asked to provide a credit/debit card for security. The iPad can be attached to wheelchairs via a bracket.

An adapted toilet is located adjacent to the lift on the ground floor and can be accessed via the accessible lift or by descending 11 steps. This toilet has a quiet electric hand-dryer. 

A variety of seating is available throughout the museum, some with backs and arms. Please look for chairs and benches clear of a thistle, these are chairs that you are welcome to sit on.

No.1 Royal Crescent regrets that mobility scooters, prams and buggies are not allowed in museum, in order to protect the furniture and displays from damage. Mobility scooters can be parked at the owner’s risk inside the railings on the paved area near the main entrance. Manual wheelchairs are permitted, and the museum offers one for visitors with accessibility needs to borrow when booked in advance by telephone on +44 (0)1225 428126. The wheelchair can also be requested at the ticket desk on arrival, subject to availability. 

Transcripts of the new immersive soundscapes, a Walk-around Guide and the Floor Plan are available in large print from the ticket desk.

Assistance dogs are welcome throughout the Museum. Puppies in training are also welcome.

An iPad BSL tour for visitors with hearing impairments is available to borrow from the ticket desk. All videos in the museum (except the projection on the kitchen table) are captioned. Transcripts of all the museum's new immersive soundscapes are also available. The museum's new immersive experience is connected to a hearing loop system and is captioned, with printed guides also available.

From June 2023, a new accessible tour will re-create the house's rooms and the immersive film and soundscapes within them, meaning that those visitors who cannot access the entire building will be able to explore the whole house and follow the immersive stories. The tour is available on tablets that can be borrowed from the museum when visiting, free of charge. From the screen, visitors can explore all rooms in the house virtually with a 360-degree view, and access an immersive experience to watch and listen to the story unfold.

A Sensory Map of the museum is also available, which can be used to identify sensory-friendly spaces within the Museum, including spaces which tend to be quieter and less crowded, spaces which have seating, and others with tactile engagement and activities. Download the Sensory Map here

The museum's Learning Team are working to develop a series of resources for use by autistic and neurodiverse visitors. The museum is also developing its resources for SEND visitors, including sensory bags, visual stories and access to quiet zones. Please check the No.1 Royal Crescent's website for updates. 

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Book Tickets

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult Annual Pass£15.00 per ticket
Concession Annual Pass£13.50 per ticket
Under 18 Annual Pass (with accompanying adult)Free

Off peak season runs Feb 1st – Jun 30th and 20th Sept – 26th Nov 2022. Peak season runs Jul 1st – Sept 19th and Nov 27th – Dec 31st 2022

Bath Preservation Trust Members Free – Proof of membership required upon entry

Concession tickets = Senior, Student, NHS & Blue Light

Bath Discovery Card holders get 50% off admission to No.1 – you must bring your Bath Discovery card with you when you visit to validate your museum ticket. Also available online, see website for details

Last admission is at 4.30pm.

Special Offers

  • Accompanying Carer entitled to free entry

    The offer: Free ticket for carers when accompanying a paying disabled visitor.

    How to book: For further details, terms and conditions and to book visit No.1 Royal Crescent website.

    Offers for Carers - redeem this special offer immediately

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Facilities

Other

  • Gift Shop
  • Website

Accessibility

  • Accessible to Wheelchair Users - Step-free route around museum, which misses four rooms.
  • Assistance Dogs
  • Facilities for Disabled Visitors - Multimedia guides available for wheelchair users to experience the four rooms inaccessible via the step-free route, seating available throughout venue, immersive experiences connected to hearing loop system, captioned videos, iPad BSL tour available for those with hearing impairments, one manual wheelchair available
  • Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors
  • Guide Dogs Permitted - Puppies in training are also very welcome.
  • Level access, ramp or lift to a public toilet
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors - One adapted toilet on the ground floor directly opposite the lift.

Attraction Facilities

  • Shop

Establishment Features

  • Printed Material in Foreign Languages
  • Toilets

Key Features

  • In town/city centre
  • Indoor Attraction
  • Of historic, literary or architectural interest
  • Open by appointment outside normal opening times

Parking & Transport

  • Within 1 Mile of a Train Station - Just under a mile uphill from Bath Spa station.

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Guided Tours Available for Groups - Guided and self-led tours available, see website for details
  • Guided Tours Available for Individuals - Guided and self-led tours available, see website for details

Travel & Trade

  • Group discounts available - See website for details

Show Facilities

Awards

  • Visit EnglandQuality Assured Visitor Attraction Quality Assured Visitor Attraction 2019
  • TripAdvisor AwardsTripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2018
  • Regional and MiscellaneousBristol, Bath and Somerset Tourism Awards 2017/18 - Gold Bristol, Bath and Somerset Tourism Awards 2017/18 - Gold 2017
  • Bristol Tourism & Hospitality AwardBristol Bath and Somerset Tourism Awards 17/18 Bristol Bath and Somerset Tourism Awards 17/18 2018
  • TripAdvisor AwardsTripAdvisor - Certificate of Excellence - 2019 TripAdvisor - Certificate of Excellence - 2019 2019
  • TripAdvisor AwardsTravellers' Choice - TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice - TripAdvisor 2022

Opening Times

2024 (1 Feb 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)
DayTimes

* Opening times may vary during the year. Please see website for the most up to date information.

Events

Thursday, 15th February 2024 - Thursday, 17th October 2024

Royal Crescent lit up in the darkMuseum Late Openings at No.1 Royal CrescentExperience the magical atmosphere of No.1 Royal Crescent after-hours on the third Thursday of every month. 
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Wednesday, 29th May 2024 - Thursday, 30th May 2024

ArtworkMay half term activity: The 'Big Conversation' collaborative artwork at No. 1 Royal Crescent'Conversation piece' paintings were informal group portraits, often set in an outdoor environment that showed family or friends socialising.
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Saturday, 1st June 2024 - Saturday, 1st June 2024

A colourful piece of art No.1 Creators Club: Remix the Royal Crescent at No.1 Royal CrescentJoin No.1 Royal Crescent's new monthly children's creative workshops. Led by local artists, these fun and engaging sessions will introduce you to lots of different ways to make art!
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Monday, 10th June 2024 - Monday, 10th June 2024

Creative Embroidery at No. 1 Royal Crescent Creative Embroidery at No. 1 Royal CrescentIn this stitching workshop develop your creative abilities through the simple, mindful process of creating freeform designs of charming fabric collages and stitches.
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Tuesday, 25th June 2024 - Tuesday, 25th June 2024

Indian PrintingIndian Block Painting Workshop at No.1 Royal CrescentLearn about the traditional craft of block printing in the inspiring setting of Number 1 Royal Crescent Bath.
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Saturday, 6th July 2024 - Saturday, 3rd August 2024

Photo WorkshopNo.1 Creators Club: Photography Portraits at No.1 Royal CrescentJoin the monthly children's creative workshops at No.1 Royal Crescent for a delightful exploration of art led by local artists. These engaging sessions are designed to introduce children to various artistic techniques and mediums in a fun and interactive environment.
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Saturday, 7th September 2024 - Saturday, 7th September 2024

A child's painting of a Georgian buildingNo.1 Creators Club: Creative Collage at No.1 Royal CrescentGet inspired by the beautiful buildings of Bath, and create a layered paint and collage artwork exploring the geometry and forms of Bath architecture.
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Map & Directions

Road Directions

Find out about the latest on the roads and get travel directions from TravelWest.info
  Bath is operating a charging Clean Air Zone. Owners of all higher emission vehicles – except private cars and motorbikes – will need to pay to drive in the city centre. To check if you need to pay or to apply for an exemption or discount, go to bathnes.gov.uk/BathCAZ
 

Public Transport Directions

For comprehensive information on how to get here using public transport, visit TravelWest.info
  Bath is operating a charging Clean Air Zone. Owners of all higher emission vehicles – except private cars and motorbikes – will need to pay to drive in the city centre. To check if you need to pay or to apply for an exemption or discount, go to bathnes.gov.uk/BathCAZ
 

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Map and Directions

Road Directions

Find out about the latest on the roads and get travel directions from TravelWest.info
  Bath is operating a charging Clean Air Zone. Owners of all higher emission vehicles – except private cars and motorbikes – will need to pay to drive in the city centre. To check if you need to pay or to apply for an exemption or discount, go to bathnes.gov.uk/BathCAZ
 

Public Transport Directions

For comprehensive information on how to get here using public transport, visit TravelWest.info
  Bath is operating a charging Clean Air Zone. Owners of all higher emission vehicles – except private cars and motorbikes – will need to pay to drive in the city centre. To check if you need to pay or to apply for an exemption or discount, go to bathnes.gov.uk/BathCAZ
 
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