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The Circus, Bath
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Bath might be famous for its ancient Roman buildings, but you should also view this fine example of Georgian architecture during your visit. Built between 1754 and 1758, The Circus is made up of three sections of townhouses that curve to form a circle. Wherever you stand within it, you'll face a finely detailed, columned facade. There's no museum to visit here, so just admire the architecture and see if you can capture a 360-degree panorama with your camera. Add The Circus and other attractions to your Bath trip itinerary using our Bath trip builder.
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  • In the early 1770s, designers thought in squares. Not John Wood the Elder -- he designed this place as a residential subdivision on a circle. Still active and beautiful today, it was the clear predece...  more »
  • As with the Royal Crescent there isn't much to say about a row of houses except that they are a statement of Georgian England and 'how the other half lived'. Elegant, certainly, but I would love to se...  more »
  • Wonderful attraction. If seen from above looks like a continuation of the Royal Crescent. A must for anyone visiting Bath
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  • Great circus surrounded by beautiful houses. I love the enormous tree at the centre.
  • Masterplanned to connect with the Royal Crescent. Perhaps less famous, but every bit as beautiful - with incredibly intricate stonemasonry detailing, and a real sense of place to just stand at look and take it all in. One of Bath's gems.
  • Nice green space, always busy, great for walks and relaxing - recommend parking in Charlotte Street carpark and walking up
  • One of the prettier spots in Bath is Bath’s “New Town”, built higher up towards the hills in beautiful Georgian facades. The new town includes the magnificent Royal Crescent and The Circle, which is a circle of terraces built with Bath stones. I really love the buildings here in Bath and the city is certainly should be a stop just to admire its architectural beauty. I can feel my designer side thinking of the proportions, the symmetry, the balance, the grid…oh well. Look closer to the facade and you can see 3 distinct architectural orders in its design: Greek, Roman and Corinthian. The interesting trivia on the shapes and symbols here could power a Robert Langdon adventure. At the Circus, you can truly walk around in circles without getting tired of the view. The guide told me that the architect had envision a grand design inspired by the Colosseum of Rome. No doubt also inspired by a nearby stack of stone circles. Just imagine that within this block are circles, squares and crescents. At the centre of the Circus is a open space part with a giant tree, almost as if anchoring the core of the Circus. The Mayor’s guide told us that when the Circus was built, originally called King’s Circus, it was more of a seamless view where the residents can look out his window and admire the unhinged beauty of the terraces. The beautiful tree now sitting in the middle of the Circus was not there original, so as not to “block” that seamlessness.
  • Fun fact, the acoustic you get among the trees right in the middle of the circus is amazing! Just clapw your hands, don't even have to do it loud and echos will come back few times. Not much to see true but an interesting build, all houses looking the same all forming a circle that's unique. During a ghost walk we heard that one if the apartments was haunted :-P that's about it.