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The History of The Royal Crescent Hotel

The iconic Royal Crescent Hotel is situated in one of the most famous crescents in the world. Designed by the architect John Wood the Younger and built between 1767 and 1774, it is among the greatest examples of Georgian architecture to be found in the United Kingdom, the Georgian stone facade remains much as it was when it was first built.

The Royal Crescent has been home to many notable residents over the years. We are delighted to be able to offer an extensive booklet detailing our historical residents in each of our luxurious Suites. Click here to view.

The hotel occupies no’s 15 & 16 of The Royal Crescent. Number 16 The Royal Crescent became a guest house in 1950, but it wasn’t until 1971 that it was combined with number 15 to become The Royal Crescent Hotel. Since then the hotel has had three owners, with Topland Group acquiring the property in 2012.

Famous sightings of the Royal Crescent in film and television

  • Catch Us If You Can (1965)
  • The Wrong Box (1966)
  • Time Team (2003)
  • Jane Austen’s Persuasion- TV edition (2007)
  • The Duchess (2008) featuring Kiera Knightley
  • Our Girl (2014)


“The beautiful situation of the crescent cannot be understood by any comparison with anything in any town whatsoever.” Famous literary hostess, Mrs. Elizabeth Montagu, 1780

“I consider that staying at The Royal Crescent Hotel in Bath is one of my great luxuries. Whether I am performing at the Theatre Royal or visiting the great city of Bath, I always look forward to having my favourite hotel as my base.” David Suchet MBE


  • Afternoon Tea at The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa
    Afternoon Tea

    Afternoon tea taken in the stunning gardens of The Royal Crescent Hotel or in one of the cosy lounges is a ritual.

    The Spa at dusk
    Spa Breaks

    Get away from it all with a relaxing Spa Break making full use of all that our Spa can offer

    Flat 9 Living Room
    The Royal Crescent Apartments

    The Royal Crescent Apartments are idyllically situated next door to the hotel in the centre of the crescent in House 14.

    Master Suite - The Sir Percy Blakeney Suite_Drawing Room view
    Civil Ceremonies

    The unique character of this remarkable hotel makes it the perfect setting for your Civil Ceremony.

  • Weddings at the Royal Crescent
    Weddings in Bath

    Celebrate your special day in our beautiful, opulent surroundings at the Royal Crescent Hotel

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