Hotels Near the Royal Crescent, Bath
The stunning architecture of the magnificent Royal Crescent is a must-visit attraction in the beautiful city of Bath.
Our Bath hotels near the city centre make the perfect base for exploring the stunning Royal Crescent, with top-notch restaurants serving local produce, cosy bars with an impressive selection of Butcombe beers, and welcoming, comfy rooms for you to rest your head.
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Places To Stay Near The Royal Crescent
After exploring the magnificent Royal Crescent, our nearby boutique hotels are the perfect place to stay the night with cosy beds, stylish decor and delicious breakfasts, and refresh with a delicious locally-sourced pub meal and award-winning Butcombe beer.
Broad Street Townhouse
See all that the beautiful city of Bath has to offer with a stay at Broad Street Townhouse, a Grade II-listed hotel just a 10-minute walk away from the Royal Crescent. Relax in style in one of our 11 luxurious boutique rooms, each with sumptuous king-size beds and en-suite bathrooms.
Take a break from exploring Bath city in our ground floor café/bar, or enjoy a more hearty meal at our sister venue next door, The Pig & Fiddle. Find out why The Sunday Times voted Broad Street Townhouse one of the Best Hotels in the South West, and book your stay today.
The Royal Crescent
The Royal Crescent is one of the most famous streets in the UK and one of Bath’s major tourist attractions. Featuring a semi-circle of 30 terraced honey-coloured houses, the street is considered to be one of the UK’s finest examples of Georgian architecture.
A brief history of the Royal Crescent
Built between 1767 and 1775, the Royal Crescent was designed by English architect John Wood the Younger.
Whilst the front of the houses may look uniform with their combined 114 symmetrical columns, the rear is a muddle of differing depths and roof heights. This is a result of each house being built by different architects, who were obliged to follow John Wood the Younger’s specifications for the front but given free rein for the back of each property!
Originally only known as The Crescent, the building was granted its ‘royal’ status in the late 18th century following a visit from Prince Frederick, the Duke of York and Albany.
The Royal Crescent today
Today, the Royal Crescent is one of the most famous streets in the UK and was a contributing factor in the city of Bath receiving UNESCO World Heritage status in 1987.
Whilst many of the townhouses remain the homes of private residents, houses 15 and 16 have been transformed into a luxury hotel and spa, and house 1 is now a museum offering visitors a fascinating glimpse into the life of a Royal Crescent resident during the 18th century.
The Royal Crescent’s famous occupants
Many notable people have lived or stayed at the Royal Crescent since it was built, some of which are recognised on special plaques attached to the building’s exterior. These include:
- Sir Isaac Pitman, who was knighted by Queen Victoria in 1894 for his invention of the most widely-used system of shorthand.
- George Edward Bateman Saintsbury, a 20th-century writer famed for his work ‘Notes on a Cellar-Book’.
- Christopher Anstey, an infamous 18th-century poet commemorated at Poets’ Corner in Westminster Abbey.
- Frederic Harrison, a well-known 19th-century jurist, historian, writer and thinker.
The Royal Crescent on film
As a stunning example of Palladian architecture, the Royal Crescent has provided the backdrop for several films and period dramas. Notable appearances include the 1966 film ‘The Wrong Box’ starring Michael Caine, Peter Sellers and Dudley Moore, the 2007 television film production of Jane Austen’s novel ‘Persuasion’ and the 2008 film ‘The Duchess’ starring Kiera Knightley and Ralph Fiennes. Most recently, it starred in the hit Netflix series ‘Bridgerton’.
Miss Amabel Wellesley-Colley
In 1972, the resident of No. 22, Miss Amabel Wellesley-Colley sent shockwaves throughout Bath when she decided to paint her front door and window shutters primrose yellow as opposed to the traditional white.
As a result, Amabel had to fight two enforcement orders from Bath City Country and defend herself at a 6-hour public enquiry (to which she wore a bright yellow suit) before it was declared the door could stay yellow, as it still does to this day!