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History

Rich and fascinating

Despite being small enough to explore easily on foot, Bath is one of the world’s best-loved and most visited cities. From the Romans to Jane Austen, its history is remarkable, as is its spectacular Georgian architecture, of which the Abbey Hotel is a prime example. The hotel encompasses three townhouses on North Parade, a wide promenade that overlooks Parade gardens and just catches a glimpse of Bath Abbey, with quick access to Bath’s older quarters, boutique shops and the spectacular Pulteney Bridge, with flowing weir waters below.

The three houses formed the west end of John Wood’s North Parade. In constructing, the ground level was raised dramatically to lift the parades above the flood plain and provide a view over the river. Like many houses on North Parade, numbers 1–3 were lodging houses in the Georgian period, becoming The Fernley Temperance hotel by 1890. The Fernley Hotel was requisitioned by the Admiralty as offices during World War II, but when it was returned to its owners after the war, it was refurbished and opened again as the largest hotel in Bath.

It has operated as a hotel since then, welcoming guests from all over the world. The hotel is part of the history of the city, a Unesco World Heritage site, and takes great pride in its location and prominence within Bath over the years. To find out more about the Abbey Hotel’s owners, Ian and Christa Taylor, click here.