Pubs Near the Royal Crescent
When in Bath, it’s hard not to notice the striking Georgian architecture throughout the city, and the best examples of these detailed buildings are the Royal Crescent and Circus, a short walk from the city centre.
Pop into one of our Bath pubs close to the Royal Crescent and the Circus, and indulge with a mouth-watering, locally-sourced classic pub meal and a pint of proper beer from our superb selection of Butcombe beers and real ales.
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Pubs and inns near the Royal Crescent
After spending time exploring the magnificent Royal Crescent, you deserve a pint of proper beer. Take a break at one of our nearby pubs, whilst enjoying a locally-sourced classic pub meal washed down with a refreshing pint of award-winning Butcombe ale.
Broad Street Townhouse
Take a break from exploring the beautiful golden city of Bath, and stop in for a light bite, craft beer, glass of wine, or cocktail in our ground floor café/bar at Broad Street Townhouse, a stone’s throw away from popular Bath attractions like Thermae Bath Spa, the Roman Baths, and Bath Abbey. If you’re in the mood for something more substantial, pop next door to our sister venue, The Pig & Fiddle, for a hearty pub classic meal.
The Pig And Fiddle
An iconic pub in the heart of Bath, the refurbished Pig & Fiddle offers all-day food offer, regular live sport, and a buzzing atmosphere, any time of day.
Get stuck into hearty seasonal pub classics, banging bar snacks, a delicious brunch menu, and Piggy sharer Sunday roasts in Bath, perfectly paired with a variety of craft beer, cask ale, wine and cocktails.
The Royal Crescent
Forming a curved row of Grade I-listed terraced houses, the Royal Crescent is one of Bath’s most iconic landmarks. The street is considered to be one of the finest examples of Georgian architecture in the UK and attracts a plethora of visitors each year.
A brief history of the Royal Crescent
The Royal Crescent was designed by English architect John Wood the Younger and constructed between 1767 and 1775.
Whilst their façades are completely uniform, the backs of the terraces are far from identical. This is a result of each house being built by a different architect, who were given Wood’s specification for the front of each property, but enjoyed freedom when it came to completing the rears!
The street was initially only known as The Crescent before a visit by Prince Frederick, the Duke of York and Albany lent the crescent its royal status in the late 18th century.
The Royal Crescent today
Today, the Royal Crescent is a Grade I-listed building and was a contributing factor to the city of Baths receiving its UNESCO World Heritage status in 1987.
Of the 30 houses in the crescent, 27 remain the homes of private residents. No. 15 and 16 have been combined to form a luxury hotel and spa, whereas No. 1 is a historic house museum owned by the Bath Preservation Trust illustrating how owners furnished and occupied such a house in the 18th century.
Famous occupants of the Royal Crescent
Many notable artists, actors, authors, architects, astronomers and more have lived or stayed at the Royal Crescent since it was built, some of which are recognised by plaques attached to the building. These include:
- Sir Isaac Pitman, inventor of the most widely used system of shorthand, who was knighted by Queen Victoria in 1894.
- George Edward Bateman Saintsbury, a 20th-century writer most known for his book ‘Notes on a Cellar-Book’.
- Christopher Anstey, a prolific 18th-century poet recognised at Poets’ Corner in Westminster Abbey.
- Frederic Harrison, a famous 19th-century jurist, historian, writer and thinker
The Royal Crescent on film
Thanks to its stunning architecture, the Royal Crescent is a popular location for films and period dramas, featuring in the likes of the 1966 film ‘The Wrong Box’ (Michael Caine, Peter Sellers, Dudley Moore), the 2007 television film production of Jane Austen’s novel ‘Persuasion’, and the 2008 film ‘The Duchess’ (Kiera Knightley, Ralph Fiennes).
Most recently it appeared in the Netflix series ‘Bridgerton’, with the exterior of the No. 1 Royal Crescent museum standing in as the home of the Featherington family.
Miss Amabel Wellesley-Colley
One of the most controversial moments in the Royal Crescent’s history happened when the resident of No. 22, Miss Amabel Wellesley-Colley, painted her front door and window shutters primrose yellow instead of the regulation white.
Amabel fought two court orders and defended herself at a public enquiry before it was ruled the door could remain yellow, which is just as visitors will find it today!