Make Sure Your Visit to Bath Includes a Walk Along Great Pulteney Street
Plenty of areas across the centre of Bath exude history, whether you’re marvelling at the Roman Baths or taking in the Royal Crescent. However, no other area delivers quite the same feel as Great Pulteney Street.
Stretching from Bathwick on the east of the River Avon, this grand thoroughfare is lined on each side with stunning 18th century buildings, and a stroll from the banks of the Avon on one end to the prestigious Holburne Museum at the other should be seen as a must for any visitor to the city.
Designed by famed architect Thomas Baldwin, Great Pulteney Street aimed to expand the boundaries of Bath over to the eastern side of the Avon. Finally completed in 1789, it runs over 1000 feet and is 100 feet wide, making it the widest road in Bath. Since it was designed by one architect and completed as a single project, and kept in wonderful condition ever since, it feels like a slice of 18th century life transported to the modern day.
Now containing luxury hotels and prestige living spaces, Great Pulteney Street has also been home to several of Britain’s most famous residents. Jane Austen, whose influence is still felt across the city, lived along Great Pulteney Street at one point, as did noted anti-slavery campaigner William Wilberforce. In fact, Laura Place, which contains a small circular stone basin and water feature, was the site where Austen’s Lady Dalrymple took a house for three months in Persuasion.
After you’ve taken the opportunity to saunter along this iconic part of Bath, you can head to the nearby Victoria Art Gallery. Situated on the corner of Pulteney Bridge and Grand Parade, the Victoria Art Gallery is home to all building plans for Great Pulteney Street, so it provides a fascinating glimpse into the history of this impressive masterpiece of historical architecture.