Bridgerton themed weekend breaks

May 3, 2024

Bridgerton Themed Weekend Breaks: Uncover the UK’s most Regency cities

UK’s Best Regency Era Locations for Bridgerton Themed breaks:

  • Bath (obviously) is the city with the most Regency period listed buildings (18 in total)
  • Surprisingly Liverpool is a close second with 16 Regency period listed buildings
  • North Yorkshire is the county with the most listed Regency buildings (30 in total)
  • Somerset is second with 20, and West Sussex has 19 including the Brighton Pavillion

Excitement is building for the first instalment of the third session of Bridgerton which premieres on Netflix tomorrow! The travel experts at Last Minute Cottages have combined the data held by Historic England to find out the locations with the most listed Regency era buildings.

UK’s Most Regency Cities:

Bath 18

Liverpool 16

Frome 8

London 7

York 7

UK’s Most Regency Counties:

North Yorkshire 30

Somerset 20

Bath and North East Somerset 19

West Sussex 19

Northumberland 18

So next time you’re due a visit to the Ton, it’s not just Bath to consider for a break worthy of the Bridgertons. Liverpool’s famous Georgian Quarter, is as the name suggests famous for its beautiful period homes from the Georgian and Regency era. 

Next to Liverpool Central Station, The Grade II listed Lyceum was formerly a library and gentleman’s clubs, the type of place that perhaps Benedict Bridgeterton would have spent his time. While a fall  from grace means that this building is now, after a period of decline, it has been reopened as a Crazy Golf Experience. You can still appreciate the impressive regency architecture of its exterior and in the foyer. 

Liverpool isn’t the only Northern spot for impressive regency buildings, York also has plenty to write about. Perhaps the city's finest example of Georgian architecture, given a stunning refurb in the Regency years, is the Assembly rooms. Even today you can imagine the sort of high-class society ball that Queen Charlotte would have hosted here - and the scandal and intrigue that these walls would have borne witness to. Today it’s an Ask Italian chain restaurant, but is open to public viewing.

Now a wedding venue and arts centre, Frome’s Rook Lane Chapel is a stunning example of the period’s architecture. Although originally built in 1707 the building was given a full regency makeover. If you really want to get into the spirit of things, The Regency Experience, based in Frome offers a full period costume hire for visitors allowing you to promenade with the Ton’s best. 

It should not come as a shock that if you want to encounter the Regency era in London you will want to head to Regent’s park. The park is named after George lV, the Prince Regent. Designed by George Nash, the park as well as its surrounding terraces and villas, exemplifies Regency architecture in the capital.

The Bridgerton’s house, though (or at least its exterior) is actually Ranger’s House, now an art museum in Greenwich, South London.

If you want the full Bridgerton experience, then you’re going to have to pay a visit to Bath, and in particular one of its most famous landmarks, The Royal Crescent. The crescent itself is a row of 30 terraced houses arranged in a sweeping crescent shape. The houses, built between 1767 and 1774, are perhaps the UK’s most well preserved example of Georgian and Regency architectural styles and you will recognize it as the backdrop for several scenes from the show.

A special mention must be made to one of the UK’s most audacious regency era buildings, the Grade I Brighton Pavilion, in West Sussex. This impressive and unique building was built originally as a seaside retreat for the Prince Regent himself. It remained a royal residence until Queen Victoria sold it back to the people of Brighton in 1850. 

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Methodology: Researchers analysed Historic England’s database of listed buildings from the regency period to establish which cities and counties in the UK boasted the most Regency buildings for visitors to enjoy. Full data here