Discover The Best Of Bath’s Georgian And Historic Architecture
Bath, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is well-known for its beautiful 18th-century Georgian architecture. The Georgians made a huge impression on Bath, transforming it into one of the prettiest cities in the country. If you’re planning a visit, discover some of the most incredible buildings and architecture Bath has to offer.
The Circus, originally called King’s Circus, was designed by the architect John Wood the Elder. Construction began in 1754 and the stunning collection of houses and flats were completed by his son, John Wood the Younger in 1768. The Circus consists of three curved segments of Grade I listed townhouses, forming a circle with three entrances. Stand in the centre where the five large plane trees are to appreciate this inspiring and beautiful piece of architecture.
The Royal Crescent
The Royal Crescent is one of Bath’s most iconic landmarks, built between 1767 and 1775 and designed by John Wood the Younger. The perfect lawn in front of the 500-foot-long crescent overlooks Royal Victoria Park and is without doubt one of the greatest examples of Georgian architecture anywhere in the UK. The No.1 Royal Crescent Museum, owned by Bath Preservation Trust, is currently closed due to Covid-19 but is well worth a visit once it reopens. It has been decorated and furnished just as it might have been during the period 1776-1796. The rooms feature historic furniture, pictures and objects that reveal what life was like for Bath’s fashionable residents.
The Roman Baths
Constructed in around 70AD, The Roman Baths is one of the best-preserved Roman remains in the world, where 1,170,000 litres of steaming spring water, reaching 46°C, still fills the bathing site every single day. Remember to take your own headphones to use with their audioguides for the best experience. Click here to book a ticket to visit The Roman Baths.
Pulteney Bridge, with its beautiful weir, is one of Bath’s most famous locations! The bridge was built by Robert Adam in 1769 and is one of only four bridges worldwide with shops across the full span on both sides. It’s a beautiful place to visit and the view from above the weir and bridge is breathtaking.
The Holburne Museum
From Pulteney Weir, take a walk down Pulteney Street, passing Laura Place fountain, with a perfect view towards beautiful Holburne Museum. The museum, located in Sydney Pleasure Gardens, is a Grade I listed building and is home to fine and decorative arts. The current exhibition Grayson Perry: The Pre-Therapy Years has been extended until 3 January 2021. Plan your visit here.
Bath Abbey, located in the heart of Bath city, was built between 1499 and 1616 and is simply stunning! The Abbey is currently being redeveloped to incorporate the hot springs of the Roman baths into a new underfloor heating system. Take the time to admire the outside of the building by walking all the way around it. If you’d like to take a look inside, The Abbey is open Monday-Sundays 10am-6pm where you’ll be able to enjoy your surroundings and sit down to pause and reflect. Visit their website for more information.
The Pump Room
The Pump Room is a historic, Grade I building in the Abbey Church Yard, adjacent to the Roman Baths. It was once the heart of the Georgian social scene, when high society flocked to the city for the waters which they believed would relieve their illnesses and discomforts. The Pump Room is still currently closed, however you can still admire the beautiful architecture from the outside! Keep an eye on their website for updates.
Theatre Royal Bath
Built on its current site in 1805, the Theatre Royal Bath is one of the oldest working theatres in the country. The Grade II listed building seats 900 people and is considered a prime example of Georgian architecture. Click here to browse what’s on and book tickets.
Bath’s dominant Georgian architectural style made from the local, golden Bath Stone is simply gorgeous. Explore the stunning city during your getaway and take in the best views of the city.
To see the best of Bath and learn more about the history of the buildings, we recommend taking one of the Mayor of Bath Guides’ Free Walking Tours, Sunday to Friday 10.30am and 2pm and Saturday at 10.30am only (currently closed due to Covid-19), starting from outside the Roman Baths. Don’t forget to look for the detailed sculptures amongst the buildings in Bath. Recently, residents were asked to save their old toothbrushes to be used to clean the intricate sculptures so as not to damage the soft Bath Stone!