Georgian Architectural Walking Tour in Bath, Bath (Self Guided)

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.
How it works: Download the app "GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities" from iTunes App Store or Google Play to your mobile phone or tablet. The app turns your mobile device into a personal tour guide and its built-in GPS navigation functions guide you from one tour stop to next. The app works offline, so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

Download The GPSmyCity App

Download 'GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities' app for IOS   Download 'GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities' app for Android

Georgian Architectural Walking Tour in Bath Map

Guide Name: Georgian Architectural Walking Tour in Bath
Guide Location: England » Bath (See other walking tours in Bath)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 10
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 km
Author: rose
1
Somerset Place

1) Somerset Place

Somerset Place is one of many fine examples of Georgian architecture within the city of Bath. Less renowned than the nearby Royal Crescent, the crescent remains a jewel in the city’s impressive collection of Georgian streets and buildings. Somerset Place, collectively regarded as a Grade I listed building, is situated close to Bath Spa University, among the hills that lie to the north of the city centre. It is accessible from central Bath via a No. 2 bus, or a brisk uphill walk out of the city centre along Broad Street and Lansdown Road, following directions to the university campus.

Somerset Place is a sweeping crescent of adjoining Georgian town houses, designed by renowned architect John Eveleigh. Building work on Somerset Place began in 1790 but following Eveleigh’s bankruptcy was not completed until 1820. The buildings still maintain their original Georgian façade to this day, despite damage inflicted by German bombs during the Second World War. Today the buildings are largely used as student accommodation for the nearby university, and make a worthwhile addition to any walking tour of the elegant streets and crescents north of the city centre. Previously a part of the university campus, they are now privately owned.
2
Lansdown Crescent

2) Lansdown Crescent

Lansdown Crescent is one of the finest examples of Bath’s architectural trademark – the sweeping, impeccably preserved Georgian crescents dotted around the city’s Georgian suburbs. These crescents are located on the hills north of Bath’s historic city centre. Lansdown Crescent lies further afield than its more famous counterpart, the Royal Crescent, and requires a fifteen minute walk along a series of ever steepening roads from the city centre. When you arrive, however, the extra exertion proves to be worthwhile – as the crescent looks over a truly spectacular view of the city, nestled in the valley below.

Designed by renowned architect John Palmer, Lansdown Crescent was constructed during Bath’s boom years, and was completed in 1793. Comprising twenty houses, it is a Grade I listed building. The large spherical green lying next to the crescent of houses is, improbably enough, occasionally used for grazing sheep. Lansdown Crescent sums up Bath’s two sides – a hilly, isolated country town with a rich urban architectural history. The twin highlights of its sweeping façade and the view it looks onto make it a natural conclusion to a tour of the other Georgian architecture north of the city centre, including the Royal Crescent, the Circus and the nearby Somerset Place.
3
Camden Crescent

3) Camden Crescent

Camden Crescent is located just off Lansdown Road, the main route from the city center into the historic northern suburbs of Bath. The crescent stands on the edge of Margaret’s Hill, an impossibly steep slope that leads down to the A4 and the River Avon beyond. From the ornate railings opposite the main row of houses, visitors can expect a stunning view of the river below, following a brief if steep walk from the eastern edges of the city center. Camden Crescent appears to be perched almost precariously at the edge of the hill, and this perilous placement has lent it a unique architectural feature.

Designed in 1788 by John Eveleigh, Camden Crescent once descended slightly down the hill to the East. A landslide in 1889 caused nine houses to collapse at the eastern end of the crescent, and they were never replaced. As a result, the Grade I listed crescent remains uniquely lopsided. The central pillars, a common feature in symmetrical crescents, no longer sits in the middle of the crescent, but instead leans to the east, adding a quirky feel to this unusual crescent, well placed closer to town than more perfectly formed streets further along Lansdown Road.
4
Royal Crescent

4) Royal Crescent (must see)

Situated on the edge of a grassy hill overlooking the city center below, the Royal Crescent is the most notable and well known of Bath’s famous crescents. Built in 1774 based on a concept and design that belonged to architect John Wood the Younger, the Royal Crescent stands with the Roman Baths and Bath Abbey as one of the West Country city’s truly world famous attractions. An unbroken crescent of grand Georgian townhouses, the Royal Crescent stands out from the city’s other Georgian architecture because of its scale, and the ambition of its imposing, Roman influenced design.

The Royal Crescent lies north west of the city center, close to Royal Victoria Park. It gained its regal name when Prince Frederick, the Duke of York, made 1 Royal Crescent his home in the 18th century. In the years since its construction, the Royal Crescent has played host to many other famous names. 1 Royal Crescent is now a museum which recreates the grandeur of a Georgian townhouse during Bath’s golden era. The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday for most of the year, although it is closed in the winter months.
Sight description based on wikipedia
5
The Circus

5) The Circus (must see)

The Circus stands a short walk to the east of Royal Crescent, and a ten minute walk along Gay Street from the western edge of the city center. The Circus does not have a dedicated museum, but can easily be taken in either as part of an architectural tour, or around visits to nearby attractions, such as the Assembly Rooms or Museum of East Asian Art. Designed by John Wood the Elder, the Circus was completed by his son, John Wood the Younger, who also designed the Royal Crescent. The three buildings that make up the Circus have previously been voted amongst Britain’s greatest architectural works.

The less well known partner to the Royal Crescent, the place once known as The King’s Circus is perhaps even more impressive architecturally; three curved buildings combine to form a perfect circle of ornate Georgian facades, with a picture book village green in the middle. Rumors abound that the circular nature of the street, combined with the arc of the Royal Crescent a few yards away, was intended to represent a star and crescent - an ancient Masonic symbol, and a theme of the Woods’ work. It’s all part of the grandeur and mysticism that make both streets such unique architectural sights.
Sight description based on wikipedia
6
Queen Square

6) Queen Square (must see)

Queen Square is a Georgian era residential square, located in the busy western end of Bath city centre. With Gay Street leading north to The Circus and south to shops and restaurants either side of the square, Queen Square is a popular spot for hotels and guest houses. The elegant Francis Hotel dominates the south side of the square, whilst tourists are often attracted to guest houses in the square, due to its convenient central location. Designed by John Wood the Elder and completed in the 19th century by John Pinch, Queen Square is reminiscent of London’s fine Georgian squares, and is the most central of Bath’s celebrated Georgian streets.

The central gardens offer a quiet spot to take in a panorama of Queen Square’s four sides, all of which are Grade I listed. The monument standing within the gardens, known locally as the Bath Needle, is officially known as the Beau Nash Monument. Nash, a popular local socialite credited with attracting the great and good to Bath in the late 18th century, gifted the monument to the town to commemorate the visit of Prince Frederick, who later lived a short walk up Lansdown Hill away, at 1 Royal Crescent.
7
Bath Assembly Rooms

7) Bath Assembly Rooms (must see)

The Assembly Rooms, located on the northern edges of the city center, can lay claim to being the historic heart of Bath. In the city’s Georgian heyday, the Assembly Rooms were the epicenter of high society. The social calendar of Bath’s elite revolved around dances, card games and soirées at the Assembly Rooms, with British authors Jane Austen and Charles Dickens both making reference in their novels to the grand social occasions held there.

Now owned by the National Trust, the Assembly Rooms remains remarkably well preserved, despite being partly damaged during World War 2. The building, true to its name, is divided into several rooms, all of which possess original features from their Georgian heyday, including the original crystal chandeliers. The largest room, the ballroom, is still available as a wedding venue, with the card room and octagon serving as refined venues for the reception afterwards!

Entry is free to National Trust members, and is £2.00 for adults, with concessions available. Wheelchairs are available on site, but please book these in advance. The Fashion Museum is housed below the Assembly Rooms, and both venues can be visited by purchasing a joint ticket, available at £7.25 for adults, with concessions available. The Assembly Rooms are on Bennett Street, a ten minute walk from Bath city center.
Sight description based on wikipedia
8
Paragon

8) Paragon

The Paragon, in the Walcot area of Bath, is a street of Georgian houses which have been designated as listed buildings. It was designed by Thomas Warr Attwood. It now forms part of the A4. Numbers 1 to 21 are three-storeyed houses with mansard roofs. Each building has matching doors and widows with central pediments and flat entablatures on either side of the 1st floor windows and Tuscan pilasters and pediments to the doorways. Numbers 22 to 37 continue the theme from numbers 1 to 21 and were completed in 1775 by Joseph Axford, a local mason. Numbers 28 to 32 were damaged by bombing during World War II but have since been restored. St Swithin's Church was built between 1779 and 1790 by John Palmer. On 30 May, 1797 the abolitionist William Wilberforce and Barbara Spooner Wilberforce were married in this church. In 1805 it was the burial place of the writer and poet Christopher Anstey and, in 1831, of Rear Admiral Sir Edward Berry.
Sight description based on wikipedia
9
Pulteney Bridge

9) Pulteney Bridge (must see)

Pulteney Bridge is a bridge that crosses the River Avon. It was completed in 1773 and is designated by English Heritage as a grade I listed building. The bridge was designed by Robert Adam, whose working drawings are preserved in the Sir John Sloane's Museum, and is one of only four bridges in the world with shops across the full span on both sides. Shops on the bridge include a flower shop, an antique map shop, and a juice bar. It is named after Frances Pulteney, heiress in 1767 of the Bathwick estate across the river from Bath. Bathwick was a simple village in a rural setting, but Frances's husband William could see its potential. He made plans to create a new town, which would become a suburb of the historic city of Bath. First he needed a better river crossing than the existing ferry, hence the bridge.
Sight description based on wikipedia
10
Holburne Museum of Art

10) Holburne Museum of Art (must see)

The Holburne Museum of Art (also known as the Holburne of Menstrie Museum) is in Sydney Pleasure Gardens, Sydney Place, in the Bathwick area of Bath. The building was originally designed as the Sydney Hotel, and was built by Charles Harcourt Masters in 1795–6. During the course of the nineteenth century the building went through a number of changes in use, as well as in structural alterations, until in the early years of the twentieth century (1913-16) it was converted by the architect Sir Reginald Blomfield to become the present home of the Holburne Museum. It has been designated by English Heritage as a Grade I listed building. For a relatively short period, the building housed Sydney College, a school set up to rival Clifton College for its educational standards. Primarily aimed at those who could afford to board their sons, the school had some success and produced a number of notable alumni.

Operation hours: Monday - Saturday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm; Sunday: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

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 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...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 km
Bath Buildings and Architecture Walking Tour

Bath Buildings and Architecture Walking Tour

Discover the wonderful architecture of Bath, a blend of Celtic, Roman, Saxon, Norman, Medieval, Tudor, and Stuart styles. The city became a World Heritage Site in 1987, largely because of its architectural history and the way in which the city landscape draws together public and private buildings and spaces. The many examples of Palladian architecture are purposefully integrated into the urban...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.1 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...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Renowned for its natural hot springs discovered by ancient Romans, peculiar Georgian architecture set in honey-coloured stone and the tranquil surroundings of the rolling English countryside, the city of Bath is a World Heritage Site and a major tourist destination since the 18th century. Bath Abbey, Roman Baths, The Circus and many other local attractions are featured in this orientation walk for...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 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...  view more

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

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Bath for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Bath has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Bath, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.