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No. 1 Royal Crescent





Look inside a Georgian house on the Crescent. The Bath Preservation Trust have faithfully restored Number 1 using only the materials that were available in the 18th century. This gives all visitors a real sense of 18th century Crescent life. 


The foundation stone of Number 1 Royal Crescent was laid in 1767 and the house first leased to Thomas Brock in 1769. Among subsequent distinguished occupants were the Duke of York, second son of George III. Unfortunately by 1968 'Number 1' had fallen into disrepair and was a lodging house. Major Bernard Cayzer, a member of the shipping family, acquired the house and gave it to The Bath Preservation Trust, who in turn funded its restoration and run the museum today.


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Roman Baths







No visit to Bath would be complete without a visit to the Roman Baths. Click below to visit their site, find about the what you can see, opening times and admission costs. www.romanbaths.co.uk 




Bath Abbey







The abbey is next to the Pump Rooms and Roman Baths. It was built in 1499 as the last Tudor church in Britain before the Reformation. There has been a church on the site for over a thousand years, and England's first King was crowned here. 




Beckford Tower and Museum





The 120 foot neo-classical Tower was built ontop of Landsdown for wealthy eccentric William Beckford in 1827. Today it contains a museum collection on the first floor illustrating his life & interests. Visitors can ascend the newly restored Tower for panoramic views over Bath & countryside. For more information click here 




Building of Bath Museum

Using models, maps, paintings and reconstructions the museum looks in detail at the various crafts and personalities that built Bath. The exhibition leads you through how a Georgian house was constructed from the ashlar stone to the decorative plasterwork. You can see how a Georgian sash window was constructed or try on a pannier, a wicker backpack used by boys to carry stone to where it was needed on the building site. For more information click here



Holburne Museum of Art


It was once the Georgian Sydney Hotel. From her house opposite Jane Austen watched the comings and goings of its glittering society. It displays the treasures of English and continental silver, porcelain, maiolica, glass and Renaissance bronzes collected by Sir William Holburn. The Picture Gallery contains works by Turner, Guardi, Stubbs and others plus portraits of Bath society by Thomas Gainsborough. 


William Herschel Museum





The museum is dedicated to the many distinguished achievements of the Herschels. In 1781, using a telescope of his own design, William Herschel discovered the planet Uranus and his observations helped to double the known size of the solar system. For more information click here.



Jane Austen Centre




The Jane Austen Centre is a new permanent exhibition which tells the story of Jane's Bath experience - the effect that living here had on her and her writing.

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The Museum of Costume





The collection is housed at the Assembly Rooms and focuses on fashionable dress for men, women and children from the late 16th century to the present day. The Museum of Costume was opened in the Bath Assembly Rooms in 1963. Click here for more information



Bath at Work Museum



The museum is housed in a grade 2 listed building near to The Royal Cresent and started 25 years ago with a reconstruction of the shop, offices, workshops of a Victorian engineering business that later added an aerated water manufactory. Much of the original equipment survives, and some can be seen working. Click here for more information.




Museum of Eastern Art





Since opening to the public in April 1993, the Museum has become one of the most extensive collections of East Asian art outside London. With a almost 2,000 objects, ranging in date from c.5000 BC to the present day, it offers an insight into the art and cultures of China, Japan, Korea and Southeast Asia. It also has one of the most comprehensive jade collections in the UK and some of the finest bamboo carvings in Europe. Click here for more information




The Mayor's Corps of Honorary Guides was founded in 1930 by Thomas Sturge Cotterell to provide free walking tours of Bath. Each guide gives his or her time voluntarily to describe the City to residents and visitors. All accredited guides wear the distinctive Mayor's Guide badge and work in partnership with the Local Authority. Tours depart every day, except Christmas Day and usually last about two hours, but there is no obligation to stay for the whole tour. They cover a distance of about one and a half miles, beginning in the Medieval City and then viewing the famous Eighteenth Century City before returning to the start. No pre-booking is necessary for individuals or families. 



The tour starts from outside the Pump Room in the Abbey Churchyard. Look for the "FREE WALKING TOURS HERE" board.
Tours leave at the following times throughout the year:
Sunday - Friday, 10.30am and 2pm
Saturday, 10.30am only

During the summer (May-September) additional tours leave at 7pm on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday evenings

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Click here for more details on tours of the city whether walking on a bus or on water.