Netflix series Bridgerton: all the best locations that are open to the public – from Bath to London and North Yorkshire | South China Morning Post
Bath in the west of England, famous for its Georgian architecture, was where many of the scenes in Netflix series Bridgerton were filmed. Photo: Shutterstock
Bath in the west of England, famous for its Georgian architecture, was where many of the scenes in Netflix series Bridgerton were filmed. Photo: Shutterstock
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Netflix series Bridgerton: all the best locations that are open to the public – from Bath to London and North Yorkshire

  • Bath, in the west of England, which is known for its Georgian architecture, represents early 19th century London in the Netflix series
  • All these period locations, many family-owned homes, are open to the public (Covid-19 permitting)

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Bath in the west of England, famous for its Georgian architecture, was where many of the scenes in Netflix series Bridgerton were filmed. Photo: Shutterstock
Bath in the west of England, famous for its Georgian architecture, was where many of the scenes in Netflix series Bridgerton were filmed. Photo: Shutterstock

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a Regency period drama must be shot on location in the English city of Bath. And so, in opulent new Netflix series Bridgerton (the name of a family, not a place), Bath’s picturesque Georgian architecture stands in for London in 1813.

All the exterior shots of “Mayfair” were actually filmed against the honey stone facades of Alfred, Bath and Great Pulteney streets, as well as Beauford Square and Royal Crescent.

Based on the popular romance novels by Julia Quinn, the television series centres around two high society families, the sophisticated Bridgertons and the gauche Featheringtons, as their daughters aim to find eligible husbands during the London social season.

Described as “Jane Austen meets Gossip Girl” – or, by TV reviewer Kristen Baldwin, as a “wonderful diversion for those who love Pride & Prejudice but wish it had more stairway sex” – the show is an over-the-top extravaganza of bright colours, sumptuous costumes and stunning locations.

As well as Bath, historic buildings around England, many designed by the nation’s first “starchitect”, Inigo Jones, were used as locations. The interiors are 50 per cent real, 50 per cent set design,
Bridgerton
’s production designer, Will Hughes-Jones, tells me.
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Some of the real-life locations are not open to the public, for instance that staircase. The coupling of anti-hero Simon, the Duke of Hastings, and Daphne Bridgerton was filmed in a private house on Queen Anne’s Gate in Westminster, London.

Below, though, are Bridgerton locations the public can visit when the world is travelling again.

Bath, Somerset

The grand exterior of No 1 Royal Crescent, a Georgian era museum, is the Featherington’s Grosvenor Square house (the interiors are set designs). Holburne Museum of Art, at the end of Great Pulteney, is the exterior of the duke’s godmother Lady Danbury’s mansion, while the Bath Assembly Rooms, the scene of many real-life Georgian balls, was the setting for Danbury House’s ballroom.

Double bay-windowed Pickled Greens cafe, on Abbey Green, is the location of the Modiste couture dressmaker, while 12 Trim Street (in reality a hair salon) is Gunter’s Tea Shop, both featured throughout the series.

The exterior of Ranger’s House stands in for Bridgerton House in the series. Photo: Arcaid/Universal Images Group via Getty Images
The exterior of Ranger’s House stands in for Bridgerton House in the series. Photo: Arcaid/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Ranger’s House, London

The exterior of Bridgerton House, also supposedly in Grosvenor Square, is this eye-catching building in Greenwich, southeast London.

An added attraction of this Palladian-style villa, which the production team bedecked with wisteria, is The Wernher Collection, artworks collected by mining entrepreneur Sir Julius Wernher in the 19th century. Dating back to the 1720s, the house was once home to the ranger (keeper) of Greenwich Park, which explains the name.

Wilton House, in Wiltshire, is a 16th century courtyard property that was remodelled in the 17th century and again in the early 19th century. Photo: English Heritage/Getty Images
Wilton House, in Wiltshire, is a 16th century courtyard property that was remodelled in the 17th century and again in the early 19th century. Photo: English Heritage/Getty Images

Wilton House, Wiltshire

When debutantes including Daphne and the Featherington sisters are presented to Queen Charlotte at St James’s Palace, it’s in Wilton House’s Single Cube Room (9 metres, or 30ft, square) that the action really takes place. And when the displeased queen confronts her nephew, Prince Friedrich of Prussia, at her home, Buckingham House, the actress does so in the even more splendid Double Cube Room.

The house multitasks as the exterior and interiors of the duke’s London residence, Hastings House. The Cloisters feature in several corridor stomping scenes and that fabulous aerial shot of “Hastings House”, with its courtyard garden, in the series finale is Wilton.

In 1544, King Henry VIII granted the property to Sir William Herbert, and it has remained in his family ever since.

Queen's House in Greenwich, London. Photo: EMD/Then and Now Images/Heritage Images via Getty Images
Queen's House in Greenwich, London. Photo: EMD/Then and Now Images/Heritage Images via Getty Images

Queen’s House, London

Also in Greenwich, this impressive classical building – the first of its style in the UK – stands in for Somerset House, where the on-screen debutantes flock around Prince Friedrich.

The house was built for King James 1’s bride, in the early 1600s, and now houses an art gallery (though not the one seen in Bridgerton). Works by Gainsborough, Reynolds, Turner and Hogarth can be seen on these historic walls.

Sunny weather over Painshill, 18th century landscape garden in Cobham, Surrey. Photo: Aaron Chown/PA Images via Getty Images
Sunny weather over Painshill, 18th century landscape garden in Cobham, Surrey. Photo: Aaron Chown/PA Images via Getty Images

Painshill, Surrey

The 18th century landscaped gardens, in Cobham, Surrey appear in the “Botanical Gardens” scenes, in which London society meets to picnic and promenade. The lake and both the Chinese (which isn’t really Chinese at all) and Five Arch bridges feature prominently – with the Netflix design additions of gazebos and a profusion of flowers.

Designed and created between 1738 and 1773 by Charles Hamilton, the gardens had fallen into disrepair by 1980, when the local council began restoring them as a resource for the public, as they had originally been intended.

Syon House, in Brentford, London. Photo: Shutterstock
Syon House, in Brentford, London. Photo: Shutterstock

Syon House, London

Some of the Buckingham House interiors were shot inside this 16th century residence in west London. The neoclassical gem also serves as the location of the duke’s Hastings House study and dressing room. And the distinctive neo classical Great Hall is where the duke’s belongings are packed up before he intends to leave England. Syon House’s garden courtyard inspired the set design for the London Season’s final ball.

Another house bursting with art and surrounded by expansive gardens, Syon House has been in the family of the owners for more than 400 years.

Hatfield House, in Hertfordshire, was the location for Lady Trowbridge’s Ball. Photo: Loop Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images
Hatfield House, in Hertfordshire, was the location for Lady Trowbridge’s Ball. Photo: Loop Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Hatfield House, Hertfordshire

Lady Trowbridge’s Ball, featuring pivotal scenes for all the major Bridgerton characters, was filmed at this country house just north of London. As well as shots of the Jacobean exteriors and the ornamental East Garden, the Marble Hall, with its black and white checked floor and wood carved walls, features as the ballroom.

Built in 1611, the house occupies the site of another, the childhood home of Queen Elizabeth 1, and a portrait of the Virgin Queen (circa 1600) hangs in the Marble Hall. Some of her gloves and a pair of silk stockings – believed to have been the first in England – are also on display.

The interior and exterior of Castle Howard in North Yorkshire were used to depict Clyvedon Castle in the series.
The interior and exterior of Castle Howard in North Yorkshire were used to depict Clyvedon Castle in the series.

Castle Howard, North Yorkshire

Both the magnificent exterior and interiors, including the centrepiece dome, were shot for the duke’s country seat, Clyvedon Castle. The Temple of the Four Winds, in the grounds, is the setting for another passionate scene between Simon and Daphne. Clyvedon’s dining room was filmed at Wilton House, though, and if you’re looking for the library – setting of yet another steamy encounter – you’ll need an invitation to The Reform Club, in London.

If the property, which has been in the Howard family for more than 300 years, seems too far flung for a day trip, it’s worth knowing that holiday cottages, a lakeside holiday park and camping can all be found in the grounds. And the surrounding countryside is well worth a visit, too.

The eight-part Bridgerton series is streaming on Netflix now.

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Gillian Rhys worked as a journalist in London for 20 years before moving to Hong Kong and then Singapore which is the best base for travelling extensively in Southeast Asia. She writes about travel and lifestyle for the likes of Robb Report and is editor of the LUXE City Guides Singapore. Most weekends she can be found at Changi airport - travelling to or from another destination.