The Royal Crescent and The Circus – discover the history behind these architectural gems

As two of the most iconic landmarks in Bath and stunning examples of Georgian architecture, both The Royal Crescent and The Circus are well worth a visit during a trip to Bath.

But what is the history behind these historic locations?

The Royal Crescent

Designed by John Wood the Younger, The Royal Crescent was built between 1767 and 1775, with 2017 marking 250 years since construction began.

Made up of 30 Grade 1 listed terrace houses arranged around a beautiful lawned area – overlooking Royal Victoria Park – this stunning piece of architecture truly needs to be seen to be appreciated.

Take the opportunity to visit No.1 where you’ll find a museum that shows how these properties might have been decorated and furnished during the period of 1776-1796. If you fancy treating yourself either to a stay or some pampering, you’ll also find the luxurious, 5-star Royal Crescent Hotel at No. 16.

As one of the greatest examples of Georgian architecture in the UK, it’s no surprise that this popular location also continues to feature within many TV period dramas, as well as on the ‘silver screen’.

The Royal Crescent

Designed by John Wood the Younger, The Royal Crescent was built between 1767 and 1775, with 2017 marking 250 years since construction began.

Made up of 30 Grade 1 listed terrace houses arranged around a beautiful lawned area - overlooking Royal Victoria Park - this stunning piece of architecture truly needs to be seen to be appreciated.

Take the opportunity to visit No.1 where you’ll find a museum that shows how these properties might have been decorated and furnished during the period of 1776-1796. If you fancy treating yourself either to a stay or some pampering, you’ll also find the luxurious, 5-star Royal Crescent Hotel at No. 16.

As one of the greatest examples of Georgian architecture in the UK, it’s no surprise that this popular location also continues to feature within many TV period dramas, as well as on the ‘silver screen’.

The Circus

Another of Bath’s impressive landmarks, The Circus was designed by John Wood the Elder but completed by his son, John Wood the Younger - following his death just three months before building began in 1754.

Previously known as The King’s Circus, the famous circular shape is made up of three rounded segments of Grade 1 listed townhouses. Interestingly, at the circle’s centre there was once a reservoir that supplied the surrounding properties, however this was later changed to a garden in the 1800s.

Several of the houses within The Circus were demolished when bombed during the Bath Blitz in 1942. These have since been reconstructed to match the original design.

To truly understand why people from all over the world visit this outstanding piece of architecture, take a moment to stand in the centre of The Circus and see it in all its glory.

If you’re interested in the idea of a visit to Bath, why not take a look at our Bath, Stonehenge and Secret Place Tour?