The perfect picnic spot at The Circus

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The Circus


The Circus is a Georgian masterpiece. Built to John Wood the Elder's design and completed in 1768, it's said to have been inspired by the Colosseum in Rome. Arranged over three equal terraces, the 33 mansions form a circle and overlook a grassy disc populated by plane trees. Famous residents have included Thomas Gainsborough, Clive of India, David Livingstone and the actor Nicholas Cage.

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Nearby Bath attractions

1. Georgian Garden

0.04 MILES

These tiny, walled gardens feature period plants and gravel walkways. They've been carefully restored and provide an intriguing insight into what would…

2. Fashion Museum

0.09 MILES

The world-class collections on display in this museum, within the basement of the city's Georgian Assembly Rooms, include costumes from the 17th to late…

3. Bath Assembly Rooms

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When they opened in 1771, the city's stately Assembly Rooms were where fashionable Bath socialites gathered to waltz, play cards and listen to the latest…

4. Jane Austen Centre

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Bath is known to many as a location in Jane Austen's novels, including Persuasion and Northanger Abbey. Although Austen lived in Bath for only five years,…

5. No 1 Royal Crescent

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For a glimpse into the splendour and razzle-dazzle of Georgian life, head for the beautifully restored house at No 1 Royal Crescent, given to the city by…

6. Museum of Bath Architecture


The stories behind the building of Bath's most striking structures are explored here, using antique tools, displays on Georgian construction methods and a…

7. Royal Crescent

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Bath is famous for its glorious Georgian architecture, and it doesn't get any grander than this semicircular terrace of majestic town houses overlooking…

8. Herschel Museum of Astronomy

0.25 MILES

In 1781 astronomer William Herschel discovered Uranus from the garden of his home, now converted into a museum. Herschel shared the house with his wife,…