Royal Crescent inspired a wave of similar crescent-shaped residential developments across the UK and is one of Bath’s most-visited architectural landmarks. Most walking tours of Bath typically pass by Royal Crescent, as well as other big-name attractions in town such as the Roman Baths and Bath Abbey.
For a more in-depth look at this trendsetting development, enter Number 1 Royal Crescent, a museum illuminating the living conditions of the crescent’s wealthy 18th-century residents as well as the servants who waited on them. It’s also possible for travelers to stay at 16 Royal Crescent, which has been converted into an upmarket hotel.
Things to know before you go
*Royal Crescent is a must for architecture enthusiasts and history buffs. *There is a step-free route around No. 1 Royal Crescent, making most of its major spaces wheelchair-accessible (manual wheelchairs only), with the exception of four rooms that can be explored via a virtual tour instead. *Photographing the entire terrace can prove difficult; try using a wide-angle lens or panoramic mode.
How to get there
Royal Crescent is just under 1 mile (1.5 kilometers) from Bath Spa train station. The walk, which takes about 15–20 minutes, is uphill. Alternatively, taxis are available at the station.
When to get there
Royal Crescent is one of Bath’s biggest attractions, and you’ll see many tourists attempting to photograph the terrace from the Royal Victoria Park across the way. If you want to get photographs without having to contend with crowds, come early in the morning before the museum opens.