Imagine being able to step back into time and see what it was truly like as an English aristocrat in the 18th century. Like something from a Jane Austen novel, the UK has preserved one of the most beautiful and enchanting examples of Georgian architecture in the Number One Royal Crescent town house. To truly experience something magical, this is one of the best things to do in Bath at any time of the year.
The History of the Homes
Designed in an expanding crescent shape, the 30 interconnected town homes were the inspiration and creation of architect John Wood the Younger. It was built between 1767 and 1774, and used for vacationing aristocracy who came looking for things to do in Bath like enjoying the local culture and surrounding waters. One interesting thing about the homes is that when someone purchased one, they bought a length of the crescent which had a façade front designed by Younger, but they had to hire their own designer to construct a home behind the façade, which created varying styles of architecture in the front and back of the building.
What to Expect When You Visit
When visiting the Number One Royal Crescent it will be like taking an authentic step back into time and experiencing things as the wealthy and privileged of the day would have seen it. The home is filled with Georgian style furniture, carpets, paintings and room accents. Each room is decorated as it would have been at the time, with fine wines and cards in the study, delicate bathrooms on the upper level, a dining room set for an after dinner treat, and a full and busy kitchen just as it would have been in the day.
Costs and General Information
Choosing to visit the homes is one of the most affordable things to do in Bath. For an individual it can be as low as 5 pounds, and for an entire family it would only be 13 pounds. The facilities are fully accessible for those with hearing or sight impairment. There are guided tours available to help people get the most out of their experience. And for people who may be traveling from out of town, there are printed materials in at least a dozen different languages.
Current News and Information
Presently the Number One Royal Crescent is closed for some restoration. A portion of it however, will be reopened in January for tourists who are seeking things to do in Bath. A couple of new additions that will be available after the restoration will include an 18th century style museum, as well as a Brownsword Gallery. This gallery exhibit will share stories about some of the relics and items of the home and their history.
There is no doubt that if someone is searching for things to do in Bath, one of the best sites to see is the Number One Royal Crescent. It may only cost you a few pounds to get in, but you will experience a world of luxury and fun as though you had wealth like those who had originally enjoyed the homes.