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The Roman Baths, Bath win RIBA Construction for Seduction Poll


16 April 2009

Press office contact:

Beatrice Cooke
T: +44 (0)207 307 3813
E: beatrice.cooke@riba.org

As part of its 175th Anniversary celebrations the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) launched a light-hearted poll to find the nation's favourite 'construction for seduction'. Fourteen buildings from across the UK were selected for their emotive power and dating potential (see list below). After two months of voting The Roman Baths, Bath is officially the winning building with a huge 41% of people choosing it as the place they would most like to take somebody to on a date.


The top three buildings are:


The Roman Baths, Bath  41%


Warwick Castle   11%


Royal Pavilion, Brighton    9%


To learn more about the competition and see voters comments go to www.architecture.com/175


Patricia Dunlop, Commercial Manager for The Roman Baths and Pump room said in response to the results:

"We are delighted that visitors to the RIBA website have voted the Roman Baths as the most romantic venue in Great Britain. It is a magical place. The Romans and Celts who came here regarded the spring as the dwelling place of the goddess Sulis-Minerva - goddess of wisdom and healing - so it has been a special place for 2000 years. Unsurprisingly, it is a favourite place for proposals. People even get married next to the Great Bath and have their wedding reception in the Pump Room above. Thank you to all of those romantics who voted for us in such large numbers."


The selected buildings were as follows:

Blackpool Tower, Lancashire

Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire

British Museum, London

Chatsworth House, Derbyshire

Eden Project, Cornwall

Edinburgh Castle

London Eye (Millennium Wheel), London

Millennium Bridge, Gateshead, Northumberland

Portmeirion, Gwynedd, Wales

Royal Pavilion, Brighton

The Backs, Cambridge
The Roman Baths, Bath, Somerset

Warwick Castle, Warwickshire

Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Yorkshire


Notes to editors

Notes to editors

  1. For further press information please contact Beatrice Cooke in the RIBA Press Office: 020 7307 3813; beatrice.cooke@inst.riba.org


  1. 2009 marks the 175th Anniversary of the RIBA. To celebrate this milestone the Institute has planned a programme of special events which look back with pride on some of the most significant achievements of the past while also looking forward to the years ahead.  We aim to use our position as the home of architecture in the UK to engage an even wider audience in the vitally important architectural issues which have such a large influence on the way we live and work both now and in the future.  Our programme for the year includes major loans to the Palladio 500 exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts and our collaboration with the Barbican centre to bring the exhibition; Le Corbusier: The Art of Architecture to London.  We are also running a national schools competition in collaboration with Construction Skills to design a new parliament building which coincides with the 175 anniversary of the current Barry/Pugin Palace of Westminster.  Our major annual events such as the Stirling Prize, the Royal Gold Medal and Annual Lecture will also be given special prominence during the year with HRH The Queen presenting the Royal Gold Medal and HRH The Prince of Wales giving the RIBA Trust's Annual Lecture. In raising our profile for our anniversary year we hope to demonstrate better the breadth of our activities and convey our passion for good design and designers, in the built environment. For further information go to www.architecture.com/175



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