2024-02-22T17:35:00Z By Keeley Rodgers
Bridgerton, the new period drama on Netflix, has been hugely popular with fans. But where in the UK was it filmed? We take a look at some of the locations and attractions you might recognise.
1. The Royal Crescent, Bath
Fans of the 19th century series may have spotted that the Roman city was a key location for filming with the streets used to recreate Regency London. One of Bath’s most iconic landmarks, Royal Crescent, appears as a back drop throughout the series and the exterior of No.1 Royal Crescent is used for the home of the Featherington family. In real-life, it’s a museum which is due to reopen in April and has been decorated and furnished to replicate the 1700s.
2. Wilton House, near Salisbury
No stranger to the big screen, the house has also appeared in The Crown and Jane Austen’s Emma. For Bridgerton, which follows the lives of eight close-knit sibings as they attempt to find love, Wilton House appears as Hastings House, the Duke of Hastings’ London mansion. The house, which is set in more than 22 acres of parkland and gardens, usually welcomes groups throughout the season.
3. Ranger’s House, Greenwich
This English Heritage property features as the exterior of the Bridgerton family in the series. Once known as Chesterfield House, the Georgian villa houses more than 700 works of art collected by the 19th Century businessman Sir Julius Wernher. Group bookings, including guided tours, are normally available.
4. Painshill Park, Surrey
You may have seen the Featheringtons walking through these gardens, dressed in regency attire. The 18th century landscape garden in Cobham is marking the 40th anniversary of the Painshill Park Trust this year - the trust was formed to restore the landscape, as closely as possible, to creator Charles Hamilton’s ‘living painting’.
5. Castle Howard, Yorkshire
Well-known for its appearance as Brideshead in Brideshead Revisited, Castle Howard stands in for Clyvedon Castle in Bridgerton which is the family seat of the Duke of Hastings (Regé-Jean Page). There are many highlights for group visits including the Walled Garden, lakes and temples across the 8,800-acre site.
6. Hatfield House, Hertfordshire
The attraction makes appearances as the home of the Featheringtons and as the Gentleman’s Club. It is a seasoned location for filming listing Paddington, The King’s Speech and Hot Fuzz, among its blockbusters. Groups visiting in 2021 now have the chance for exclusive access to the house, Old Palace and Gardens on dates when Hatfield is closed to the general public.
7. Hampton Court Palace, Surrey
It had to be a royal setting for Queen Charlotte, who is played by Golda Rousheuvel in the series. Hampton Court Palace, previously home of Henry VIII, is used for the exterior of the monarch’s lavish residence. In actual fact, by the time the real-life Queen Charlotte was on the throne, Hampton Court was no longer a royal residence so instead her and King George III lived at Buckingham Palace.
8. Holburne Museum, Bath
The museum’s exterior was used for filming the entrance to one of the ball scenes in Bridgerton. The Grade I listed building, which was the city’s first public art gallery, is home to fine and decorative arts built around the collection of Sir William Holburne. It usually welcomes groups of up to 25 and they have access to all galleries and exhibitions.
Based on the romance novels by Julia Quinn, the storyline follows Daphne Bridgerton, the eldest daughter of a powerful family, in her attempt to find a husband. But it’s not quite that simple and after becoming a target of Lady Whistledown’s scandal sheet, she crosses paths with the rebelliousi Duke of Hastings and they hatch a plan to protect her reputation. It launched on Netflix on Christmas Day.