Georgian Bath – The height of European style & fashion

Price from £995.00


5 Apr 2020 - 7 Apr 2020
Duration: 2 nights
Ref: 20BATH
With: Jennifer Wearden


Price from £995.00
Single Supplement: from £160
Deposit: £200

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Georgian Bath – The height of European style & fashion


Elegant Bath was built for pleasure. Although archaeological evidence suggests that the site of the main spring in Bath was originally a Celtic shrine to the local goddess Sulis, it was the Romans who capitalised on the potential of the area and built elaborate temples and bathing complexes. ‘Aquae Sulis’, as the town that grew around the springs was known, remained a popular destination until the decline of Roman civilisation in the 4thcentury. Much of the grand Roman architecture fell into disrepair and more modest bathing structures were built; the waters continued to be enjoyed but it was not until the Georgian era that the town once again became a fashionable destination. This sudden population boom sparked a massive expansion project. Graceful, golden streets and squares were built from the local sandstone, which unified the town’s appearance. Architect John Wood had a vision to build a city with the magnificence of Ancient Rome and, together with his son Wood the Younger, was responsible for many of Bath’s most ambitious projects, such as the majestic Circus. The city, for by now the population had swelled to some 30,000, was the fashionable place to be seen – famously Jane Austen resided here – and the streets were filled by pleasure-seeking gentry, parading around in the very latest fashions. Follow in their footsteps on this new Art Pursuits Abroad tour and escape into the glamour of Georgian high society.


Jennifer Wearden was Senior Curator of Textiles in the Department of Furniture, Textiles & Fashion at the V&A until the beginning of 2005. After 28 years working with the textile collection she has devised and run highly successful courses on textiles and dress for the Museum. Jennifer has co-authored several popular V&A books including Samplers, Ottoman Embroidery, Dress in Detail from around the World, Oriental Carpets and their Techniques and Iranian Textiles.

DAY 1:

Independent arrival at our 4-star hotel for c. 2pm. Head out into the city on foot for an introductory walk. Starting at the spectacular Bath Abbey, founded in the 7thcentury, we stroll through handsome streets towards the Museum of Bath Architecture, in the company of the museum’s curator, Dr Amy Frost. After some refreshments, there will be time for independent exploration of this fascinating museum before a curator’s talk on the Georgian architecture of the city. Return to the hotel on foot for a pre-dinner lecture on Regency society before enjoying a meal together in our hotel.

DAY 2:

After breakfast we walk to the city’s Fashion Museum, which is home to a world-class collection of clothing from the 16thcentury onwards. With more than 100,000 items, the museum offers a unique insight into historical lifestyle and society, and a special curator’s tour will highlight many of the collection’s most interesting and beautiful items. The museum is housed in the elegant Bath Assembly Rooms, designed by Wood the Younger and featuring in many a Jane Austen adaption, and we will also enjoy a lecture on clothing in the novels of Austen here. After some time for an independent lunch we will take a guided tour of the spectacular Roman Baths, which were rediscovered and excavated from the late 18thcentury onward. Adjacent to the Roman Baths is the elegant Georgian Grand Pump Room, where a relaxing treat will be a delicious afternoon tea. The evening is yours for independent exploration or relaxation.

DAY 3:

This morning we enjoy a guided tour of No. 1 Royal Crescent, the first of the residences in one of Bath’s most iconic buildings. Designed by Wood the Younger, the Royal Crescent was the first open curved terrace to be built in Europe. No. 1 has been lovingly restored to how it might have appeared between 1776-1796, complete with beautiful period furnishings. Our time in Bath ends with a visit to the Holburne Museum, which began as the personal collection of Sir William Holburne and was bequeathed to the city on his death in 1874. Some free time for lunch in the café will be followed by an exploration of the museum, highlights include examples of both fine and decorative arts, with works by the likes of Gainsborough and Zoffany. Afterwards, we return to our hotel, where the tour concludes at c.3pm.


Please note that this tour involves a fair amount of walking across uneven ground. You must be fit and surefooted to make the most of this tour. Visits to museums require prolonged periods of standing without the possibility of a rest. If you would like to find out more about the physical ‘difficulty level’ of the tour, please ring or email us.


Twin/double share: £995 per person
Large double room supplement: £50
Cosy double room for sole use supplement: £160
Deluxe double room for sole use supplement: £180
Deposit: £200 per person


  • Two nights bed and breakfast in a locally-rated four-star hotel
  • 1 dinner, 1 afternoon tea
  • Guided visits to sites listed in the programme
  • Services of the lecturers and a local tour manager
  • Detailed programme and study notes
  • All entrance fees, taxes, and gratuities for waiters

No.15 Great Pulteney****

A Grade 1 Georgian boutique townhouse hotel, set on the loveliest street in Bath. Well-appointed and imaginatively- designed using original fittings and features blended with quirky details. Rooms are individual and clients may opt for a larger room at an extra supplement depending upon availability.


Cosy double (DUS) (12sqm)- TV, Hairdryer, Nespresso machine, Complimentary drinks and snacks, Toiletries
Large double (DUS) (20sqm) – Kingsize, Hairdryer, Nespresso machine, Complimentary drinks and snacks, Toiletries
Large double/Twin (20sqm) - Kingsize, Hairdryer, Nespresso machine, Complimentary drinks and snacks, Toiletries
Deluxe double/Twin (26sqm) - Sitting area, Kingsize, Hairdryer, Nespresso machine, Complimentary drinks and snacks, Toiletries