Full of decadent dress, raunchy romance and glamorous balls, Netflix’s Bridgerton has definitely helped us escape our lockdown blues since it aired back in December.
But while this whimsical drama is set in the competitive world of Regency London, during the season when debutantes are presented to the court, the filming of it actually spanned a lot further than the borders of the M25.
From grand country houses to pretty parklands, here are some of the fancy locations that found their way onto our screens when we needed them most.
Bridgerton filming locations: Ranger's House
The exterior of the Bridgerton family’s Wysteria-clad mansion (said to be on Grosvenor Square) is none other than Ranger's House in Greenwich, south east London. At the time Bridgerton is set (in 1813), this Georgian villa was actually inhabited by King George III’s sister, Princess Augusta. Today, the ravishing residence is run by English Heritage and houses a world-class art collection, including medieval sculptures, ornate jewellery and fine French tapestries.
The exquisite pillared building which stars as Lady Danbury’s estate is, in fact, not found in the upper-class corners of 19th-century London but in the historic city of Bath. Sydney Gardens now functions as the Holburne Museum, founded by its namesake, Sir Thomas William Holburne. The collection, which is open to the public, includes over 10,000 objects, gathered over the last 200-odd years, from porcelain and silver to miniature portraits, books, Roman coins and Holburne family gems.
Bridgerton filming locations: Royal Crescent, Bath
The other notable family in the hit series are the Featherington’s, whose three daughters struggle to find their match. While also set in Grosvenor Square, the outside of the Featherington household was actually shot on the iconic Royal Crescent in Bath. This impressive landmark forms a sweeping crescent of 30 Grade 1-listed terrace houses and is lauded one of the greatest examples of Georgian architecture anywhere in the UK.
Bridgerton filming locations: The Historic Dockyard Chatham
One of Britain’s most important Royal Dockyards – thanks to its role in historic events like the Spanish Armada and the Cold War – also made an appearance on this season of Bridgerton. Kent’s The Historic Dockyard Chatham, with its genuine Georgian buildings and cobbled streets, was used to portray the somewhat poorer streets of London in the series – like where Lady Featherington takes Marina to the slums – as well as the setting for Simon and Will’s many boxing matches. The historic dockyard is now a popular visitor attraction and filming location, also appearing in BBC’s Call the Midwife and the 2011 adaptation of Sherlock Holmes.
Bridgerton filming locations: Castle Howard
York, North Yorkshire
After Simon and Daphne’s wedding, the couple moves into the fictional Clyvedon Castle. However, the façade, entrance hall and grounds of the estate were actually filmed at Castle Howard, in the heart of Yorkshire. This Baroque stately home, with its symmetrical wings and crowning dome, took over 100 years to complete. The surrounding parklands are just as grand, with temples, lakes, fountains and plenty of woodland walks to discover. Once its doors are open again, take a tour of the Castle and its treasure trove of inspiring architecture, fanciful stories and tranquil gardens.
Bridgerton filming locations: Wilton House
Wilton House, near Salisbury, is the true belle of the ball of this season of Bridgerton – with many of its gardens and staterooms popping up in every episode. The Queen’s throne room, where the doe-eyed maidens present themselves to Her Majesty, is just one example. Eagle-eyed viewers will recognise this extravagant room from season four of The Crown, where Princess Diana prances about in her leotard and tutu. The House, which has been the seat of the Earls of Pembroke for over 400 years, was also used as the façade for the Duke of Hastings’ residence, as well as the dining room of Clyvedon Castle. While a third of the house is still private, the rest of the opulent rooms are usually open to the public, making it the ideal location for a post-lockdown cultural visit.
Bridgerton filming locations: Badminton House
Visited by several Kings and Queens throughout the centuries, it’s no surprise Badminton House in the Gloucestershire countryside was chosen to play a part in Bridgerton. This 17th-century estate was used to film scenes set in the Duke of Hastings’ London home, as well as the parlour and grounds of Clyvedon Castle. While the house is primarily private, Bridgerton fans can book a private group tour of the house and gardens of the Duke and Duchess of Beaufort’s family home. Tours are led by knowledgeable guides who have a ton of stories about the house and its architecture, paintings and artefacts, as well as historical tales of its residents. Garden tours are on offer too, as well as annual garden open days.
Bridgerton filming locations: Syon House
Brentford, Greater London
The last surviving ducal residence (belonging to a duke) and estate in Greater London, Syon Park, didn’t get lots of screen time this season, but its very own Print Room did double up as Simon’s father’s study, and the State Dining Room was used for Queen Charlotte’s meeting with her husband, King George III, over dinner. Close to Kew Gardens and Richmond Park, the estate’s House is filled with grand neo-classical interiors, a wealth of art, and has 40 acres of gardens designed by ‘Capability’ Brown. While Syon House is currently closed to visitors due to COVID restrictions, its lush gardens are still open at weekends for local residents who want to switch up their daily exercise.
Bridgerton filming locations: Theatre Royal Brighton
Brighton, East Sussex
If you look closely, you may recognise the concert hall from Season 1, Episode 7 as the elegant auditorium of the Theatre Royal Brighton. One of the oldest and most distinguished theatres in the country, this Grade II-listed theatre is a fine example of Regency architecture. Since 1807, the theatre has put on an eclectic array of productions and welcomed some downright famous names to its stage. Each Saturday morning during the summer, the theatre hosts backstage tours, allowing drama fans the chance to peek behind the scenes of this historic building.
Bridgerton filming locations: Painshill Park
Bridgerton’s upper-class families spend a lot of time in parks and gardens, and one of the most elegant is Surrey’s Painshill Park, which features as Primrose Hill in the series. The 18th-century landscaped garden, with its serpentine lake, Gothic temple, curved bridges and winding paths, takes you on a journey of photogenic views and beautiful garden follies. When things get back to normal, pay a visit to the park’s Crystal Grotto and amble among the vines of Painshill Vineyard.
Bridgerton filming locations: Stowe Park
Another exquisite park that features in the series is Stowe Park in Buckinghamshire, whose scale and beauty has wowed visitors for over 300 years. The parkland was used to depict Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens in the show, with its Temple of Venus providing the glittering backdrop to the outdoor Vauxhall Ball (a party we’d very much like to attend!). Follow the paths of Vice, Virtue and Liberty and see what beauty hides behind each twist and turn, or, if you visit in the winter, enjoy the sweeping blanket of delicate snowdrops until late February.