Listening to dramatic violin music through my headphones makes me feel like I should step out of my carriage and plunge straight into a ballroom dance, clad in a lace corset.
But instead I’m in jeans and sneakers, strolling down a busy main street and admiring old buildings.
That’s the magic of a Bridgerton tour of Bath – you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time to majestic dresses, frilly white gloves and formal dancing.
While Bath has always been a popular place to stay, it has seen a surge in tourism after being used as a filming location for the Netflix series. And I was among the tourists who were dying to get a glimpse of the city that helped create the show.
I had booked a Bridgerton music tour with River Adventures + – along with other fans, some of whom had actually started wearing corsets.
The trip took us to some of the key filming locations while listening to the popular soundtrack.
We were very excited to see Lady Danbury’s mansion – actually the Holburne Museum – and the Modiste clothing shop on Abbey Street.
We also passed the meeting rooms used for ballroom scenes and were tempted to recreate the famous spooning scene from the first series, which actually took place in a hair salon on Trim Street.
Although the show didn’t return to the city for season two, there is hope that there will be more of Bath again in the upcoming season three.
But you don’t have to rely on Bridgerton to enjoy Regency-themed Bath, as it’s also famous for its connections to Jane Austen.
She lived in the city from 1801 to 1806 and set parts of her novels Persuasion and Northanger Abbey in the city.
I somehow lost hours at the Jane Austen Center dressing up in period costume and drinking several cups of jasmine tea in the Regency Tea Room.
Then, inspired by contemporary literature, I made my way to the bookstore Topping & Company.
Housed in an 1817 Masonic Hall, it’s often cited as one of Britain’s finest bookshops, and it’s not hard to see why. It has a whopping 75,000 Beauty and the Beast themed books and bookshelf ladders running along the tall shelves.
Besides bookstores – nearby is the feminist literature store Persephone – there is much more to please literature lovers. Plan your visit to Bath well and you can make the most of the many free literary festivals throughout the year.
The annual children’s literature festival runs for two weeks in September, or there’s the Jane Austen Festival, where visitors don period costume fit for a ball.
Of course, any Regency-themed trip should include sweet treats, and the nearby Happy Donut Bakery offers a modern take on the fancy cakes served in Jane Austen’s day.
The store is famous for its vegan creme brulee donuts that went viral on TikTok, but they offer a whole host of other delicious flavors, including peanut butter jelly, bakewell, and a donut burger served with a brownie patty.
To keep with the Regency theme, I checked into the award-winning Brooks Guesthouse, just steps from the Royal Crescent, where the 22 cozy rooms have antique touches like four-poster beds, fireplaces, and chandeliers.
But if you want something more central, the four-star Apex Hotel is a short walk from the main streets and has an indoor pool and restaurant, The Orange Artichoke.
However, make sure you go out for dinner one night just to try out the new Coppa Club at The Bath Townhouse (coppaclub.co.uk).
I feasted on garlic-heavy shrimp, hearty bucatini carbonara, and a pizza fritta dolce—fried pizza dough with toffee dipping sauce.
I was having so much fun I almost missed my train – not helped by one too many espresso martinis.
At least on the long drive home, I could hear Bridgerton’s dramatic soundtrack as I zoomed through the countryside.
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