John Wood the Elder had a vision: to create buildings with all the grandeur of Palladian palaces but all the convenience of a ... More
John Wood the Elder had a vision: to create buildings with all the grandeur of Palladian palaces but all the convenience of a row of private houses. He planned the Parades, Queen Square and The Circus as speculative ventures to be let or sold, and at various times The Circus was home to such luminaries as William Pitt, Thomas Gainsborough and William Gladstone. The Circus was designed by Wood in 1754, and looks rather like a Roman amphitheater turned inside out, its three tiers embellished with Doric, Ionic and Corinthian columns. It was Wood's enthusiasm for the Palladian revival that was responsible for the particular unity of style that characterizes Bath to this day. And it was Ralph Allen whose generosity translated Wood's architectural dreams into the squares and crescents of this gracious city. Call the city's tourism center at +44 844 847 5257.
Parade Gardens are a great source of pride for Bathonians and feature ornate themed flowerbeds depicting cartoon characters or persons
of historical importance. From the gardens, you can get a lovely view of the weir and watch the canoes ...
John Wood the Younger's masterpiece, often called the 'finest crescent in Europe' was built between 1767 and 1775, and has
housed many famous residents including the Prince of Wales and Duke of York, first and second sons of George ...
The baths were constructed shortly after the Romans came to Britain in 43CE and are fed by Britain's only natural
hot spring; the original paving slabs around the Baths are still used by visitors. Cold plunges, drainage systems, a ...