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The Circus, Bath

Categories: Architectural Buildings, Tourist Spots
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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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  • Dont get me wrong the place itself is nice albeit a bit small, tables for 2 far too small and got really crowded, The staff were welcoming, but not very good at service especially when we had been ask...  read more »
  • Another fine example of Georgian Architecture, by John Wood the elder, and completed by his son, built between 1754-1768. The buildings contain 3 ancient orders of architecture, Doric, Ionic, and Cori...  read more »
  • Well this place, as for the Royal Crescent, I feel I can say that can only be appreciated by lovers of Georgian architecture. Probably a nice glance at a spring day but nothing more.
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  • 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.
  • All the pictures you see of this amazing circle of houses with cleaver architecture are not a patch on how ‘grand’ this place actually is! I recommend to view early, I went (8:30am) to view and glad that I did because my pics were not peppered with tourists. I went back past during the bus tour only 1 hr later and the place was packed.
  • Nice buildings if one likes architecture
  • Interesting but not too much to look at
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