Bath Theatre Royal (Somerset)
The Theatre Royal is Bath’s premier theatre venue located in the heart of the city. At over 200 years old, the theatre is one of the most important outside of London and has a capacity seating of 900 people.
In addition to the grade II listed main theatre building, there are two smaller studio theatres, the Ustinov theatre and the egg. Across the three auditoria, the Theatre Royal runs a year round programme of events and entertainment for all ages.
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- The Theatre Royal is Bath’s premier theatre venue located in the heart of the city. At over 200 years old, the theatre is one of the most important outside of London and has a capacity seating of 900 people. In addition to the grade II listed main theatre building, there are two smaller studio theatres, the Ustinov theatre and the egg. Across the three auditoria, the Theatre Royal runs a year round programme of events and entertainment for all ages.
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- The Bath Postal Museum is located in central Bath in Somerset. Founded in 1979 by Audrey and Harold Swindells, the museum collection is now housed in the basement of the post office building in Northgate Street. On display to visitors are artefacts from the history of the postal service from the 1700s to the present day. Open throughout the year, the museum has a small admission fee.
- The Roman Baths is the site of the original public bathing house during Roman times, located in central Bath adjacent to Bath Abbey. Excavated during the 19th century, the Baths are set below the modern street level. Visitors can walk through not only the well-preserved remains of the Roman Temple, the Roman Bath House and the Sacred Spring but also an interactive museum and exhibition telling the story of life in Bath in Roman times. The Roman Baths are one of the most popular tourist attractions in Bath, receiving over one million visitors a year. The Baths are open all year round. There is a gift shop on site and refreshments are available at the Pump Rooms next door.
- Bath Abbey, or to give it its formal name, The Abbey Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, is an Anglican church of gothic architecture in central Bath, Somerset. The Abbey was founded as a Benedictine monastery in the 7th century and was subsequently rebuilt in both the 12th and the 16th centuries. Further major restoration work was also carried out in the 1860s by Sir George Gilbert Scott. The church can seat 1200 people and today the Abbey has a regular congregation of hundreds and receives hundreds of thousands of visitors a year. It plays a central part in Bath’s calendar of events, civic ceremonies and religious services. The Abbey is open to the public all year round and visitors are asked to leave a donation.
- The Herschel Museum of Astronomy is located in a grade II listed Georgian townhouse in central Bath, Somerset. It is a small independent museum which showcases the life and works of William Herschel and his sister Caroline, both of whom made major contributions to the field of astronomy. The museum is housed in the Herschels’ former home in New King Street, where William made telescopes and made the famous discovery of the planet Uranus in 1781. The museum is open throughout the year.
- Pulteney Bridge is an iconic landmark in central Bath which crosses the River Avon. Designed in a Palladian style by Robert Adams for William Pulteney and opened in 1774, it is one of only 4 bridges in the world which has shops on it. Due to its Georgian architecture and romantic setting, the bridge is much photographed and often seen on shots representing the city of Bath.
- The Georgian Garden is situated just behind The Circus in central Bath. It is a recreated garden from the period 1760-1770 and follows the position of flower-beds and paths which were excavated by the Bath Archaelogical Trust in the 1980s. The Garden is open all year round and admission is free. Find the entrance in Gravel Walk between Royal Crescent and Queen Square.
- The Museum of East Asian Art is an art collection from South East Asia housed in a restored Georgian building in Bennett Street, central Bath. Not just popular with tourists, but also with students and scholars, the collection has nearly 2,000 objects of ceramics, bronzes and bamboo carvings from across the East Asian region. It is the only museum in Britain dedicated to the arts and cultures of this part of the world. The museum is open every day except Monday all year round.
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- The Building of Bath Collection is a museum dedicated to explaining the building of the Georgian city of Bath during the 18th century. The collection is housed in the Countess of Huntingdon’s Chapel, a grade II listed church in central Bath. Now owned and managed by the Bath Preservation Trust, the Collection is open to the public every day except Mondays.
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