Royal Crescent, Bath
The Royal Crescent in Bath, England, is a particularly stunning and awe-inspiring curved row of terraced houses, designed by John Wood the Younger (son of John Wood the Elder) around 1770, and stands today as a collective Grade I listed building, and one of the countries most stunning examples of Georgian architecture. The buildings remain pretty much exactly as they were built, though some changes have been made to the interiors of a few select buildings.
When the crescent was still fairly young, it was home to many famous and notable names, some of whom have commemorative plaques attached to their previous homes. These days, number 1 Royal Crescent is home to a museum, which shows the public how prosperous tenants of the time would have decorated and lived in such a house. During the 1950's, number 16 Royal Crescent was converted into a high-end guest house, which in 1971 spread out into number 15 and became the 'Royal Crescent Hotel'. A few of the other buildings have been converted into either flats or offices, and the crescent itself often proves a popular choice of location for film and television shows.
Royal Victoria Park, the Royal Crescents next door neighbour, is a popular spot for hot air balloon launches, which (even if you aren't in the balloon yourself) can prove to be quite a spectacular sight.
Up until recently, the residents of Royal Crescent had to put up with noisy tour buses passing their homes every few minutes, every day - until the Council closed the road to coaches and buses that is, making the crescent a much quieter and more enjoyable experience for all its visitors and residents.