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2. No. 1 Royal Crescent

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No 1 Royal Crescent

The Royal Crescent was built to the designs of John Wood the Younger between 1767 and 1774. It is justly considered one of the finest achievements of urban 18th century architecture and represents the highest point of palladian architecture in Bath.

The houses of the Royal Crescent were designed to the individual requirements of wealthy and distinguished visitors to Bath and master craftsmen were responsible for the interior decoration, using designs drawn from the many pattern books published at the time.

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, records show that the Duke of York, second son of George III, ‘engaged the first house in the Royal Crescent’ in 1776.

By 1968 ‘Number 1’ was a lodging house and had fallen into disrepair. Major Bernard Cayzer, a member of the shipping family, acquired the house and gave it to Bath Preservation Trust, who in turn provided funds for its restoration. Only materials available in the 18th century were used. Visitors can now see a grand town house redecorated and furnished to show how it might have appeared in the late 18th century.

No. 1 Royal Crescent Address:
No. 1 Royal Crescent
England, UK

No. 1 Royal Crescent Opening Times:
13th February to 23rd October, Tuesday to Sunday, 10.30 am to 5.00 pm (last admission 4.30 pm)
24th October to 12th December, Tuesday to Sunday, 10.30 am to 4.00 pm (last admission 3.30 pm)
Open Bank Holiday Mondays and Good Friday
No. 1 Royal Crescent Admission:
Adults £6.00
Concessions, Senior Citizens, Students £5.00
Children (5-16 years) £2.50
Family Ticket £12.00

Groups £4.00 (adults and students)
School Groups £2.50 (5-16 years)

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