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A view of the Crescent

No.1 Royal Crescent
No.1 Royal Crescent


Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Child£4.00 per ticket
Concession£7.00 per ticket
Adult£10.00 per ticket

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.


Celebrating the 250th Anniversary of Bath’s Landmark Building.

On Tuesday 19 May, 1767 the foundation stone was laid for the first house in the Royal Crescent. In the same house, in its 250th anniversary year, we celebrate the significance of this iconic landmark with an exhibition which reveals the part the Royal Crescent has played in the story of the City.

From the outset, the Royal Crescent was admired for its perfect blend of architecture with landscape setting and it soon became the most desirable address in Georgian Bath. Home to Royalty, the elegant and the eccentric, a setting for elopements, wild parties and controversy, threatened by redevelopment and enemy bombs, the Crescent has witnessed both crisis and celebration throughout its history. The Royal Crescent took over from the Parades as the fashionable promenade almost immediately on completion in 1775. According to writer Pierce Egan, ‘‘ the season, of a Sunday, it is crowded with fashionables of every rank; and with the addition of the splendid barouche, dashing curricle, elegant tandem, gentleman on horseback, the Royal Crescent strongly reminds the spectator of Hyde Park, Rotten Row, and Kensington Gardens, when adorned with all their brilliant company.” The Crescent has also provided inspiration for artists, writers and filmmakers. The novelist Jane Austen mentioned in her letters the practise within her own family of walking here, recounting in her novel Northanger Abbey how the Thorpe and Allen families ‘…hastened away to the Crescent, to breath the fresh air of better company.’ In more recent years the Crescent has provided the backdrop for feature films such as Joseph Andrews in 1977 and the 2008 production of The Duchess starring Kiera Knightley, as well as sporting events and the Olympic Torch.

From mass gatherings at the end of the Great War to the story of the renowned ‘yellow door’, the exhibition will take a closer look at the Crescent’s history and personalities through paintings, prints and photographs, as well as considering what it means to everyone who enjoys, admires and responds to the beauty of this iconic image.



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