What is the meaning of the symbolism of The Circus? Many people link it with Freemasonry – but Wood was not a Freemason. Like his great hero, Newton, he was fascinated by alchemy. At the heart of alchemy is the marriage of the sun and the moon, two deities to which Wood thought the Druids had dedicated Bath. Join Kirsten Elliott in a tour of John Wood’s Temple to the Sun, the Circus, to learn more about the mysterious beliefs manifested in its architectural details.

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Kirsten has written many books about walking and heritage in Bath. They are available here.


Fully booked
Start Date Tuesday 21st September 2021
Start Time 10:30
Duration 1.5 hours
Distance less than half a mile
Places Available 15
Meeting Point The Circus, Bath


Start / Finish

The Circus, Bath, BA1 2ET


Pavements throughout. Fairly level with some kerbs


Central to the city centre, so plentiful cafes, shops and loos


Kirsten Elliott

Meeting Point

The Circus, Bath