Donald Tusk describes Bath's architecture as boring identical facades

Donald Tusk is accused of ‘insulting’ Bath after describing the ancient city’s architecture as ‘a circle of boring identical facades’

  • Donald Tusk described The Circus in Bath as a ‘circle of boring identical facades’
  • Mr Tusk slammed the Somerset city in his recently published memoir Szczerze  
  • He painted a bleak picture of nearby village Box where ‘the days are dark grey’  

Donald Tusk has described a historic row of townhouses in Bath as a ‘circle of boring identical facades’ and said ‘god knows why’ it has heritage status.

The Polish former president of the European Council recalled his visit to The Circus in the Somerset city of Bath in the recently published Szczerze.

He previously attended a language school in the area to improve his English before David Cameron conducted his last-ditch negotiations with the EU before the Brexit vote in 2016.  

Donald Tusk (pictured in 2019) has described a historic row of townhouses in Bath as a ‘circle of boring identical facades’ and said ‘god knows why’ it has heritage status, in his memoir

Donald Tusk’s Szcerze is pictured during its book launch in December in Poland 

In his memoir, he appeared immune to the charms of Bath’s Georgian buildings which saw the city earn World Heritage status in the 1980s.

Mr Tusk initially expected the townhouses to be ‘one of the best works of British architecture’.

But he wrote ‘god knows why’ upon visiting and slammed them for being a ‘a circle of boring, identical facade’, according to the Telegraph.

He continued: ‘A few hundred meters away there is a small Jane Austen museum, she lived here for several years. Pride and Prejudice would make a good motto for Brexit.’

He appeared immune to the charms of the Circus (pictured) and city’s Georgian architecture which saw it earn the status of World Heritage Site in the 1980s

While reflecting on his time in the neighbouring village of Box, he described it as ‘cold’ and ‘it winds mercilessly and rains almost all of the time’.

‘The nights are black, the days are dark grey’ while suffering from a fever and cough,’ the former EU council head added. 

Mr Tusk concluded: ‘I might just as well go and hang myself.’

David Crellin, of the History of Bath Research Group, was left ‘staggered’ by the comments.

He told the Telegraph: ‘Its repetitiveness and common nature is its strength, not its weakness – it is a pity that Tusk does not appreciate that vision as it overwhelms many people when they look at it for the first time.’

Tusk also painted a bleak picture of nearby village Box (pictured) where ‘the days are dark grey’

Sue Swainbank, of Bath Tours, was ‘quite insulted’ and criticised Mr Tusk for showing a ‘lack of appreciation’.

Others were quick to poke fun at his poor experience with British weather.

Kathryn Davis, of Visit Bath, said it was ‘unfortunate’ he faced ‘inclement weather’, and could have considered other activities which didn’t require mild weather.       

County councillor Robin Moss argued that he ‘must be used’ to the weather.

He added: ‘It’s not as though he comes from Italy.’

Jon Waring, 48, taught Mr Tusk grammar and vocabulary and claimed the former European Council head was ‘natural and normal’ when he met Polish people in Bath. 

He gave him the impression that he ‘liked being back in Bath after 20 years’.        

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