Theatre Royal, Bath

Theatre Royal, Bath (must see)

Opened in 1805, The Theatre Royal in Bath remains one of the largest provincial theatres in the UK. Located in the busy Seven Dials area of Bath city centre, the theatre hosts touring plays, musical performances and stand up comedy. The theatre is also the centre of Bath’s renowned Shakespeare Festival, which takes place throughout the month of March. The theatre complex also houses two smaller studio theatres – the Ustinov Studio, which hosts an annual puppetry festival, and The Egg, a newly opened children’s studio which runs regular arts and theatre workshops for children and families.

The Theatre Royal is one of several fine examples of Georgian architecture in the city of Bath. The main theatre building was originally built in 1720, and was designed by architect Thomas Greenway. Local socialite Beau Nash was the first resident of the building, before it was converted into a theatre in the early 19th century. Rebuilt after a fire in 1863, the ornate red and gold interior of the theatre’s 900 seat auditorium was restored as part of a complete overhaul of the theatre in 2010. The Rivals, a play set in Bath’s Georgian heyday, premièred to commemorate the theatre’s restoration and reopening.

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Sight Map

Sight Name: Theatre Royal
Sight Location: Bath, England
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: City Orientation Walk   Family Entertainment Walk in Bath  

Walking Tours in Bath, England

Create Your Own Walk in Bath

Create Your Own Walk in Bath

Creating your own self-guided walk in Bath is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Bath Art Galleries Walking Tour

Bath Art Galleries Walking Tour

Discover the beauty of art in the art galleries of Bath. This fantastic tour offers a variety of artwork by British and international artists. You will admire over 1500 decorative art treasures including oil paintings, sculptures, jewelry, glass, textiles, and ceramics. Don't miss an opportunity to check out these wonderful galleries.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 km
Georgian Architectural Walking Tour in Bath

Georgian Architectural Walking Tour in Bath

Central Bath is well known for its wonderful Georgian architecture. Many streets and squares were designed by famous architects John Wood, the Elder and his son John Wood, the Younger. This tour takes you through such architectural masterpieces as the Circus, Royal Crescent, Queen Square, Pulteney Bridge and more. Many buildings in Bath were built from the creamy Bath stone, obtained from the limestone Combe Down and Bathampton Down Miles, which belonged to Ralph Allen.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 km
Bath Museums Walking Tour

Bath Museums Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 km
Family Entertainment Walk in Bath

Family Entertainment Walk in Bath

This tour offers great attractions for the entertainment of children in the city of Bath. Glassblowing demonstrations could be your next unforgettable experience in Bath. The children’s play area in the Royal Victoria Park, the Beazer Garden Maze, the Egg club from Theatre Royal, an enjoyable river boat trip, and of course a peek into the world of sweets are definitely places and activities your family will enjoy. Don’t miss the opportunity to have fun at these spots with your children.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 km
Bath Places of Worship Walking Tour

Bath Places of Worship Walking Tour

Discover the wonderful places of worship in Bath. Most of them are beautiful examples of Gothic architecture. One of the most popular churches in Bath, founded in the 7th century, is Bath Abbey. Other than being places of worship and spectacular buildings, most of these churches are actively involved in the community life, helping the needy, and teaching the Bible. Be sure to visit these spiritual places and feel their energy.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 km
Architectural Walk in Bath

Architectural Walk in Bath

This tour offers a walk through buildings constructed mostly during the Victorian era and the period after that. One of the characteristics of architecture of that time was the introduction of steel as a building component. Most of the attractions of this tour are listed buildings. The early twentieth century architectural traditions of Bath blend with the art deco style. The whole City of Bath was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.5 km