A visit to No.1 Royal Crescent evokes a vivid picture of life above and below stairs in Georgian Bath. Built between 1767 and 1774, No.1 was a luxury guesthouse for aristocrats who flocked to fashionable Bath for the social season and to take the spa waters. You can find out what life was like behind the elegant Palladian facade. Each room has authentic Georgian furnishings. In the dining room the table is set for the dessert course, with expensive confectionaries, while afternoon tea is about to be served in the drawing room. The Gentleman’s Retreat is a Georgian ‘den’, where gentlemen could indulge their hobbies. These might include science, nature and recent inventions, news and local gossip. Below stairs are the original kitchen, kitchen passage and scullery, coal hole and servants' hall. The Housekeeper’s Room gave this important lady some peace and privacy in which to settle the household bills.
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
Assist dogs allowed
- Parking nearby
- Lift does not give access for wheelchairs to 3 upstairs rooms
- Facilities: iPad virtual tour, induction loop, Braille guide, lift
- Accessible toilets
- Opening Times: Open Feb-17 Dec, Tue-Sun 10.30-5.30, Mon 12-5.30 (last admission 4.30)
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About The area
Somerset means ‘summer pastures’ – appropriate given that so much of this county remains rural and unspoiled. Ever popular areas to visit are the limestone and red sandstone Mendip Hills rising to over 1,000 feet, and by complete contrast, to the south and southwest, the flat landscape of the Somerset Levels. Descend to the Somerset Levels, an evocative lowland landscape that was the setting for the Battle of Sedgemoor in 1685. In the depths of winter this is a desolate place and famously prone to extensive flooding. There is also a palpable sense of the distant past among these fields and scattered communities. It is claimed that Alfred the Great retreated here after his defeat by the Danes.
Away from the flat country are the Quantocks, once the haunt of poets Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth. The Quantocks are noted for their gentle slopes, heather-covered moorland expanses and red deer. From the summit, the Bristol Channel is visible where it meets the Severn Estuary. So much of this hilly landscape has a timeless quality about it and large areas have hardly changed since Coleridge and Wordsworth’s day.
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