World's Greatest Places 2021
Pulteney Bridge crosses the River Avon in Bath, England.
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July 20, 2021 6:35 AM EDT

The southwestern British city of Bath may soon be better known for its pop culture contributions than the ancient Roman baths for which it’s named. Author Mary Shelley created scientist Victor Frankenstein and his monster while living in the city in the early 19th century, and this summer the House of Frankenstein will open and welcome its first guests to brave an immersive exhibition that includes escape rooms inspired by Frankenstein’s laboratory. Elsewhere around town, fans of the Netflix series ­Bridgerton­—which was filmed, in part, in Bath—have been pouring into the city to immerse themselves in the drama and scandal of the Regency-era romance with new guided tours. There’s no shortage of places to stay downtown, including the Hotel Indigo Bath, a 166-room boutique hotel set in a historic Georgian terrace house, which opened in fall 2020. —Madeline Roache

Correction, July 20

The original version of this story misstated Bath’s location. It is inland, not on the seaside.

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