City guide | 250 Years of Bath’s Royal Crescent

Bath Royal Crescent daffodils

As Bath celebrates the 250th anniversary of its iconic Royal Crescent, we discover why the city is a must-visit destination this spring…

Since the foundation stone was laid on 19 May 1767 Bath’s Royal Crescent has become one of the most famous buildings in Britain, and provides a doorway through which Georgian history can be explored. This Spring sees a packed programme of events taking place across the city to mark this important anniversary. 

No.1 Royal Crescent and The Museum of Bath Architecture will be holding new exhibitions and events through which the architecture, history and influence of the Royal Crescent will be explained.

At No.1 Royal Crescent From Rome to the Royal Crescent will trace the evolution of classical architecture through the intricate models of Timothy Richards.  A View from the Crescent will explore how No. 1 Royal Crescent has been portrayed by artists in the past whilst New Views will exhibit artwork produced by the local community and inspired by the Royal Crescent.

Bath Royal Crescent and Circus

At the Museum of Bath Architecture Royal Crescent Deconstructed/Constructed explores how the Royal Crescent was built, whilst Past, Present, Future: Bath, Modernism and the Smithsons explores how the Royal Crescent inspired England’s most influential post-war architects. 

A busy programme of over 70 events will include lectures, walks, workshops, film screenings, family trails and concerts.  Visit the Royal Crescent on the evening of 19 May for a magical night of poetry and illumination as famous verses are projected onto the iconic façade.

Join the Natural Theatre Company on their Foundation Stone Day Grand Parade on 21 May as they transport a piece of Bath stone from a quarry, through the city, to No. 1 Royal Crescent.   Turn your hand to carpentry and stone masonry on the three acre lawns or join a walking tour of the Royal Crescent for an insight into how the Royal Crescent was built.

Bring a picnic to enjoy on the lawn and watch as the Royal Crescent is brought to life and taken back in time on 29 July.  Enjoy tethered balloon rides from the lawn, interact with costumed characters from Natural Theatre Company and treat yourself to Georgian ice cream.

Bath Royal Crescent children

Visit One Two Five Gallery and view Carole Waller’s stunning spring/summer collection of Art to Wear which has taken the Royal Crescent as inspiration.

The collection, which includes blouses and shirts, shift dresses, jackets, palazzo pants and her best-selling scarves, subtly depicts the textures and colours of the Royal Crescent through broken up by blocks of colour and gestural brush marks. 

Bath aerial view

Enjoy a longer stay behind this famous façade and check in to The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa for a once in a lifetime Suite Stay.  Created in celebration of 250 years of the Royal Crescent the suite stay includes a specially created Taittinger Tasting Menu which will take you on a culinary journey through 250 years of gastronomy using the very finest produce.

During your two night stay in a luxurious Deluxe Suite you’ll find many RC250 surprises, including a bottle of the bespoke RC250 Bath Gin, a RC250 spa treatment and bottle of the RC250 massage/bath oil, a box of RC250 Chocolates, a Floris Gift Set and a RC250 Ronnefeldt Tea Caddy. (£2500 per room for the two-night break based on double occupancy and available from Wednesday 1 May until Friday 20 October)

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