We drove to Bath from our holiday cottage, arriving at about 10.30am and parking near The Royal Crescent. It cost £15 for a day’s parking.
We walked up to the Royal Crescent and The Circus, which were designed to imitate the moon and the sun and explored some of the shops in the area. It was very quiet; there were hardly any tourists around at that time of day.
I had prebooked a ticket to go around No. 1 Royal Crescent, a beautifully restored Georgian Townhouse. It is decorated and furnished as it would have been during the period 1776-1796.
I understand that pre-Covid, you would have been shown around by volunteers but now there is a film and sound ‘immersive experience’ so as you walk into each room you get an understanding of what it would have been used for. On the last Friday of every month there is a Jane Austen experience.
I thought it was very cleverly done, and I enjoyed it, but unfortunately it meant that you did feel a bit rushed going around and I only ended up spending about 45 minutes in the house. I would have preferred to go around at my own pace.
You can get tickets and find out more about the experience on this website https://no1royalcrescent.org.uk/
My husband had delicious Indian street food for lunch, but I was nervous about my coeliac disease after a recent attack, so stuck to a Tesco meal deal. We spent the next four hours walking around Bath, walking by the river and exploring all the streets before having hot chocolates at The Feel Good Café.
We had pre-booked a meal at a Sri Lankan restaurant called The Coconut Tree. It was served in small dishes to share so between us we had hoppers, pumpkin curry, pineapple curry, pork belly and rice. Gluten-free dishes were clearly marked and it was a good choice for coeliacs. We both really enjoyed our meal and would go back again.