We walked to the Royal Crescent at about 6:30 am to view and take pictures of it with no people around.
This is a set of 30 houses arranged in a crescent and is about 250 years old. Most of the residences are privately owned, but there is a museum at 1 Royal Crescent (that shows how wealthy owners of the period may have furnished their home). It is also listed as the best example of Georgian architecture in the United Kingdom. The Royal Crescent Hotel is in the very center of the Crescent, but since it was early, we skipped stepping inside for a quick peek.
The Royal Crescent is a residential road of 30 houses, laid out in a crescent and was built starting 1767 and completed 1774 to the design of John Wood the Younger. In front of the building there is a long slope of green lawn. The Royal Crescent also includes the Royal Crescent Hotel (number 16) and a museum (number 1) which is operated by the Bath Preservation Trust.
One of the places I wanted to see was the Royal Crescent - a sweep of houses in a crescent shape. The buildings are all alike made of the honey coloured stone of the area, but the owners have shown their indivduality in the paintwork.
Another similar street is the Circus, a street around a central leafy circular area.
I could picture the young girls stepping out to visit the pump rooms dressed in their finery, and dreaming of meeting a rich , and maybe titled, Mr Right.
The Royal Crescent was built between 1767 and 1775 to the design of John Wood the Younger. It forms a semi-ellipse of thirty Grade I listed houses arranged around a great Lawn., which runs down the hill below. It provides space, and green where people can relax and take their leisure. The whole design was a new concept in architecture at the time.
Now many of these elegant homes have been turned into apartments, and some form the Royal Crescent Hotel. No.1 has become a Georgian House museum.
This hotel has no consideration for its' guests
We stayed at the Royal Crescent Hotel on June 3, 2006. We entrusted our car to the hotel's valet. We assumed our car would be parked in a safe location. However, they apparently just park the cars on the street outside the hotel. During the night, seven cars had their windshields broken (apparently this has happened before at this hotel and in spite of this they've arranged no secured parking).
We were assured by the hotel management that their insurance would cover the cost of replacing the windshields. However, two months later after submitting all of our paperwork to the hotel....they refuse to pay for the damage. The car was in their custody and control and it's just incredible to me that they would refuse to pay after they assured us that they would cover the costs. This sort of thing would never happen at a hotel like the Four Seasons. This hotel is just a Motel 6 in fancy dress.
Very poor service
We found the deputy manager extremely rude and bullish. When I asked to speak to the manager, he said it is nothing to do with her!. The food is good but over priced. The place looked tatty and under funded. Find somewhere cleaner, better priced and where they care about their customers. Unless they replace the management they will fail
Great spot to relax, unwind and be spoilt...
My wife and I stayed at the Royal Crescent in early March and we enjoyed the great location and the hotel's ability to deliver attentive service in a relaxed and scenic environment.
After arriving we were greeted promptly by the duty manager and a roaring open fire in the drawing room - v welcome on a chilly day. Our room was beautifully decorated and our bed very soft and comfy. In the restaurant, across the charming internal courtyard, we had a delicious dinner with a menu of interesting options and flavours. The extensive wine list had good variation of prices and vintages - the sommelier was very responsive and accommodating. He didn't seem remotely put out when we chose a red wine to accompany our main course - especially as my wife was having fish!
Overall the Royal Crescent is a great location for a sightseeing trip to Bath. Concierge helped with local info too - even written directions on the fastest way to escape Bath's slightly confusing one-way system! All in all - we felt very looked after and regretted not making time to visit and enjoy the spa facilities - something to save for our next visit!
Home away from home...
I stayed at the Royal Crescent in Bath, England and am honored to give them five stars. The warm and comfortable accommodation was amazing. The service by their friendly and courteous staff was extra special. This was my first time stay at the Royal Crescent and will definitely NOT be my last. I hope to visit again soon and recommend this place to all my friends.
I stayed in in a charmingly decorated suite that made me feel like home.
All I can say, if you plan to stay in Bath or surrounding area, check into The Royal Crescent.
Everything about this place is delicious. Historical setting - what an apetiser, the spa is mouthwatering and its restaurant food sublime. Staff charming and with good old fashioned manners. We'll be back -even if it is a bit pricey.
Bath - or Aqua Sulis
Putney Bridge spans the River Avon and is one of the few stone bridges in England that has shops and houses built upon it. There is also a Victorian Pillarbox on the East bank.
"Shopping In Bath"
"Avon and Kennet Canal"
"Activities and Nightlife"
Nightclubs, resturants and pubs are the main focus of nightlife however, I would suggest trying either the Comedy Walk about £10 but well worth the money and the rabbit steals the show but I wont give anymore than that away, you really must go on it. It starts at about 8pm and goes on until about 10pm but is very funny indeed. Also there is the Ghost Walk about the same prices and times and has been recommended to me several times.
"Off The Beaten Path"
It is worthwhile walking around some of the small side streets in Bath where you can come upon hidden courtyards filled with flowers and plants or quaint antique shops. Just outside of Bath is Claverton Manor with ornamental garden (a replica of George Washington's garden) and an American museum and has a reconstruction of a farmhouse tavern also on display is african/american art. Also visit the Bath Postal Museum where the first postage was sent from. Prior park and Dyrham park are all well worth a visit as many was landscaped by such designers as Capability Brown.
"Restaurants and Places to Eat"
Well if you cannot find anywhere to eat in Bath, then you must be dead. There are many great places to eat in Bath ranging from little sandwich/pastry shops to top class resturants. A good one that has been recommended to me is the Tug Boat.
Bath is a beautiful city however it relies mostly on tourism for it wealth, there is very little commerce. In the summer months it is packed with tourists and walking around it can be difficult. There are some areas of Bath to avoid such as Whiteway as it can be a bit rough unless you happen to know the area. I do. There are a few nightclubs but mostly consists of very good pubs and resturants. Some of the shops, you can buy roman artifacts such as coins and rings, they are so common in the area that shops are allowed to sell them. However if you get permission to use a metal detector on the surrounding fields, you can pick up rings, brooches and coin for nothing. There are many specialised shops in Bath and many art shops.
"The Roman Baths"
"Hotels and Accommodation"
Bath is basically a tourist city, so accommodation would not be hard to find but it can be very expensive. There is however a backpackers BB and for those who wish to stay in a mansion there is the Paradise House Hotel set in its own grounds and has great views of the Royal Crescent. Prices start from around £14 per night up to several thousand! The Royal Crescent Hotel will cost you about £220 per night for a double room and £1500 for one of its suites. The Backpackers Hostel is about £14 per night and is located in the centre of Bath. For more info in the Hostel www.backpackers.co.uk/bath
"How To Get There"
There are coaches to Bath from London Victoria Station or by train from Paddington Station London or 15 minutes from Bristol Temple Meads Station. M4 Junction 18 if travelling by car.
"Some Pictures of the Roman Baths"
A grave marker on display at the Baths
One of the Pools at the Baths
Part of the Underfloor heating system at the Roman Baths
One of the drains at the Baths
The main pool at the Roman Baths
Part of a statue of Minerva
Various artifacts on display
A cold plunge pool
"The Pump Room"
The Pump Room is a rather grandoise building adjacent to the Roman Baths, where in the Georgian/Victorian visitors to Bath could partake in a drink of the healing waters whilst listening to chamber music in genteel surrounding catching up on the gossip with their friends. The original spring from which the visitors used to drink was contaminated by an unhealthy bacteria several years ago and a new source of water had to be found. If you are intending to drink of the water at the Pump Room, I would advise taking some squash to flavour it as it tastes revolting. Don't say I didnt warn you. The Pump Room is open for lunch and evening meals.
The man in the picture hands out glasses of the spring water and was more than happy to pose for a picture when I asked him then offered to have a picture taken with him revealing his chest!!!! Men huh.
Chandlier at the Pump Room
The drinking fountain at the Baths
The front of the Baths and Pump Room
Interior of Bath Abbey
The Lecturn at Bath Abbey
Ornately carved door at Bath Abbey
"The Royal Crescent"
Designed by John Wood the Younger and built in 1774, the Royal Cresent is a half circle of elegant Georgian Houses fronted by a park complete with manicured lawns, floral displays and trees. No1 Royal Crescent is open for viewing.
Designed by John Wood and consists of 33 houses in a circle. The Circle has 3 roads radiating from it and is built in the neoclassical style.
"The Costume Museum"
The American custume museum is worth a visit, containing clothes from past eras. I visited it many years ago and could not believe how small the waist were of Victorian and Georgian woman.
The present Abbey was built on the site of an earlier church that stood there in the 8th Century which was destroyed by the Norman Conquerors, a Norman Cathedral was then built followed by the present Abbey built in 1499. It was partially ruined in the dissolution but has been restored and is still being restored.
The current Abbey is a elegant building complete with stained glass windows, an ornate carved wooden door and flying buttresses.
The Abbey is open to visitors during the summer months.
"Royal Victoria Park"
A great park with beautiful floral display just by the Avon and Kennett Canel. There is a small charge to enter the park about £1.50 but worth the money especially if you take some food and have a picnic. Please be warned no alcohol is allowed in the park.
please help ask restraunt location
Hi can anyone confirm the exact location for this ask restraunt, as when I look on the web it comes up with different addresses,I know the road link on each other but dont want to spend ages looking for it and miss my booking. im getting it come up as the following
Broad Street (ask staff member hesistated but said this)
The Royal York Hotel George Street (cant find a royal york hotel ask website says this)
thanks in advance fiona
Re: please help ask restraunt location
I can't locate a Royal York Hotel in Bath, there is a Royal Hotel or a Royal Crescent Hotel. What phone number do you have for this place. Perhaps we can find it from there?
Re: please help ask restraunt location
Wondered what "Ask" was when I saw it in Bath - now know it's a pizza/pasta restaurant. On google maps, looks like it on Trinity St. Their phone number is: 01 225 789997 - why not call them for precise instructions on how to get there and whether it is near to any popular landmarks. I usually do this as I'm useless following maps!
Re: please help ask restraunt location
I have phone but the guy i spoke to was very heistant, when I put the phone number in google it still comes up with serval road names.