‘Bridgerton‘ is a treat for all lovers of romance, period dramas, and Jane Austen. The show is set during England’s Regency era and has captivated the hearts of millions with its raunchy and glamourous storylines. The show delivers not only through the plot and the characters but also through the beautiful and dazzling locations.
One of the greater challenges of shooting a period drama is the location choices, and ‘Bridgerton‘ never fails to uphold the breathtaking beauty of Regency England. The glamourous ballrooms, decadent mansions, blooming parks and whimsical country homes, all add to the charm of the show. The locations are widespread across the UK including London, Surrey, Bath, Kent and Buckinghamshire, so let’s take a look at the fancy locations that we saw in the first two seasons.
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Ranger’s House, London
Bridgerton family’s wisteria-clad home in Grosvenor Square, Mayfair is none other than Ranger House in Greenwich situated in south-east London. Back in 1813 i.e., when ‘Bridgerton‘ is set, the villa was home to Princess Augusta, the sister of King George III. Today, the Georgian villa is run by the English aristocracy and houses world-renowned art collections including ornate jewelry and French tapestries.
Holburne Museum, Bath
Lady Danbury’s exquisite estate in both seasons is situated in the historic and all-important city of the aristocrats, Bath. Holburne Museum, formally known as Sydney Gardens is named after its founder Sir Thomas William Holburne. The property is open to the public and is the city’s first public art gallery which houses over 10,000 objects.
Royal Crescent, Bath
The home of the Featheringtons, whose member is Penelope, Eloise Bridgerton’s best friend and Lady Whistledown herself was shot in the Royal Crescent. This house is heralded as one the greatest example of Georgian architecture in the entirety of the UK. The audience can expect to see more of this breathtaking landmark as the show explores the love affair between Penelope and Colin Bridgerton in the third season.
Hampton Court, London
The former home of King Henry VIII serves as St. James’s Palace, the residence of Queen Charlotte in the first two seasons of the show. The exterior of the 16th century Palace was used to establish shots of the Queen’s residence in the first season and the Great Staircase and the walls and ceilings covered with French Renaissance paintings make an appearance in season two. The palace’s old halls, Tudor kitchens and gardens are open to the public with the opportunity to learn about the life of Henry VIII and his family.
Windsor Great Park, Windsor
At the start of season two, we see Anthony Bridgerton chasing a mysterious woman on horseback through the woodlands of none other than Windsor Great Park. The park is used as a substitute for Battersea Fields and Rotten Row and the royal gardens with a 1,000-year-old history are filled with ancient forests and monuments. The Park is free to the public and includes the iconic three miles Long Walk that leads up to the famous Windsor Castle.
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Leigh Court, Bristol
The opulent ballroom scenes which took our breath away were mostly shot in Leigh Court, primarily its Princes, Ingenue and Crawford Ballrooms. This Grade II-listed honey-hued building, set in 25 acres of private parkland was chosen for its Regency-era features like the 19th-century ceilings and the grand double staircase in the Great Hall. The location is not a public attraction anymore but the venue can be booked for weddings and other events.
Painshill Park, Surrey
One of the most elegant parks that the upper-class families of Bridgerton spent a lot of time in is Painshill Park located in Surrey. The park features as Primrose Hill in the series, and its 18th-century landscaped garden, serpentine lake, curved bridges, Gothic temple and winding paths provide a mesmerizing photogenic view. The park’s Crystal Grotto and the Painshill Vineyard are worth a visit.
The Historic Dockyard, Chatham
This Bridgerton location is one of the most important Royal Dockyards of Britain owing to its role in the Spanish Armada and the Cold War. The Georgian buildings and cobbled streets were used to portray the poorer parts of London like in season one the setting for Simon and Will’s multiple boxing matches. The dockyard is not only a popular tourist attraction but is also a common filming location, appearing in the 2011 adaptation of Sherlock Holmes and BBC’s Call the Midwife.
Wrotham Park, Hertfordshire
Aubrey Hall, the ancestral home of the Bridgerton family which made an appearance in season two was shot at this Palladian mansion. The 300 acres of lush parkland was used to film not just Bridgerton but has also made an appearance in the Kingsman films. The house is not open to visitors but can be booked as a wedding or party venue.
Old Royal Naval College, London
One of the shoot locations, this symmetrical façade is in Greenwich and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This riverside beauty is seen in a few of season two’s episodes when the ton is busy with their daily life and waiting on a new gossip pamphlet from Lady Whistledown. This architectural masterpiece has been previously used in various other productions like ‘The Crown‘, ‘Les Misérables‘ and ‘Thor: The Dark World‘.
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