Discover more about life in times gone by at this Georgian townhouse museum in historic Bath
No. 1 Royal Crescent
The museum at No. 1 Royal Crescent has long been a popular visitor attraction, as its interiors allow visitors to step back in time and view the décor and furnishings of a Georgian townhouse as they would have been during the era. The property offers a time capsule experience, as it has been authentically restored to reflect how the gentry of the period would have lived there during the building’s first 20 years of occupancy from 1776 to 1796.
Discover life below stairs in the service wing
The house was the first to be built in the row of 30 that collectively make up Bath’s iconic Grade I-listed Royal Crescent which was built to the design of John Wood the Younger in the 18th century.
In 2006 the adjoining No. 1a was acquired with a view to extending the museum into what was the property’s original service wing and giving visitors an even greater insight into the day-to-day running of the household. After a £5 million redevelopment project the museum was reopened to the public complete with its extension into the service wing which has been reconnected to the main house. The extension has meant that there are now additional rooms open to the public, bringing the total amount of dressed rooms up to 10, including spaces above and below stairs such as the scullery and the servants’ stairway.
Away from the servants’ quarters, the Withdrawing Room offers a glimpse into the elegant décor that was the height of fashion at the time, while the stylish Gentleman’s and Lady’s bedrooms provide an insight into the daily routines and beauty regimes of the house’s former occupants.