Royal Victoria Park (Somerset)
The Royal Victoria Park is a municipal park in central Bath which stretches over 57 acres.
Overlooked by the Royal Crescent, the Park was opened in 1830 and named after the then Princess Victoria who went on to become Queen.
Although initially in private hands, Victoria Park was opened to the public in 1921. It contains a magnificent collection of trees as well as colourful planting, bird aviary, a duck pond, tennis courts, bowling green, adventure playground and a 12 and 18 hole golf course.
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- The Royal Crescent is a street of 30 Georgian terraced houses which are laid out in a grand sweeping crescent. Situated in central Bath and built between 1767 and 1774, the houses were designed by John Wood the Younger and represent some of the finest examples of Georgian architecture in Britain. The whole of the Royal Crescent is grade I listed and although much of the interiors of the houses have changed over the years, the Georgian facades remain intact. Today, most of the houses in the Royal Crescent are either still privately owned or have been converted into offices. You will also find a luxury spa hotel and No.1 Royal Crescent a Georgian house museum.
- 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 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.
- 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.
- The Jane Austen Centre is a museum dedicated to the life and works of one of Bath’s most famous residents, the 19th century writer, Jane Austen. Situated in Gay Street in central Bath, the interactive exhibition at the Centre shows visitors the experiences Jane had during her time in Bath (1801-1806) and the impact the city had on her writing. The Centre includes a shop and is open all year round.
- The Bath Assembly Rooms are situated right at the heart of the Georgian city of Bath in Somerset. Designed by John Wood the Younger in 1769, the Assembly Rooms have been designated as a grade I listed building and are a popular tourist attraction. When they were opened in 1771, they became the hub of local Georgian society. People gathered from far and wide to socialise and gossip. Today visitors can view the four main function rooms; the 30m long ballroom, the tea room, the card room and the octagon. Part of the building is given over to the Fashion Museum and some of the rooms can be hired out for functions. Owned by the National Trust, the Assembly Rooms also have a café on site. Open all year round.
- The Museum of Bath at Work tells the story of the commercial development of Bath over the last 2,000 years and is located at Camden Works on Julian Road in Bath, Somerset. First opened in 1978, visitors can stroll displays over four floors, with the main exhibit being that of a reconstruction of an engineering and mineral water making operation first set up in 1864. Also on show are, amongst others, a cabinet maker’s workshop and a Bath stone quarry face complete with tools. The museum is open all year round.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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