Two things draw most visitors to northern Bath: exquisite architecture and literary links – this is the home of the grand sweep of the Royal Crescent, the circular Circus and the Jane Austen Centre. But more modern elements should also tempt you this way. Walcot St offers artisan workshops and retro stores, while a scattering of on-trend cafes, live music venues and bars see Bath's hipsters heading here for a night out.
Like the city centre, the best way to experience northern Bath is to walk. A well trodden trail leads from the Roman Baths and Bath Abbey, up streets lined with chichi shops to the Circus and then onto the start of the Royal Crescent. Heading straight into No 1 Royal Crescent ensures you get plenty of background about the curving terrace stretching out in front of you before you stroll along its length. From there, heading back via the Royal Victoria Park, the Georgian Garden and the Jane Austen Centre is a popular approach. Although this route is arguably the most satisfying, it's also what everyone else is doing – if you're keen to dodge the worst of the crowds, do the whole itinerary in reverse.
You can manage to see all those sights in a day, before heading onto the neighbourhood's restaurants, clubs and bars. Adding another day could see you taking in the Fashion Museum, Assembly Rooms and Museum of Bath Architecture, and exploring Walcott St and taking time out in cool cafes and historic pubs.
- No 1 Royal Crescent Discovering the day-to-day lives of the gentry and their servants in a superbly restored Georgian mansion.
- Royal Crescent Strolling along the length of one of Britain's grandest and most bewitching streets.
- The Circus Imagining living the high life in a circular 18th century terrace.
- Jane Austen Centre Meeting the novelist's characters and finding out all about her life in Bath.
- Fashion Museum Marvelling at world-class costumes spanning 300 years from the 1600s on.
It's worth considering the joint ticket covering No 1 Royal Crescent, the Museum of Bath Architecture, Beckford's Tower and the Herschel Museum of Astronomy. If you visit all four attractions it'll save you around £10 per adult (£5 per child). But, if you only visit No 1 Royal Crescent and the Museum of Bath Architecture, the joint ticket doesn't produce a saving – in fact you actually end up paying a little more.