Bridgerton (the aristo Normal People, anyone?) is helping us all through yet another lockdown. Switch Connell’s chain for The Duke's spoon, Marianne losing her virginity for Daphne’s ‘deflowering’ and cool fringes for OTT wigs. Seriously, it's a must-binge TV sensation.
But it’s not only the sexy scenes and Regency-era London high society glamour of Chris Van Dusen and Shonda Rhimes’ Netflix seriesthat’s got us hot under the collar. It’s also the lavish backdrops including some of the UK’s most stunning stately homes.
We’ve found ourselves googling ‘Bridgerton House’ to find out where the dreamy wisteria-clad mansion is located. Not that we’d even consider hunting it out in real life to catch a glimpse of Simon when lockdown ends and series 2 filming starts… Ahem.
Netflix's Bridgerton filming locations
The Bridgerton’s House
House. Of. Dreams. And where Lady Bridgerton resides with her gorgeous family Anthony, Benedict, Colin, Gregory, Daphne, Eloise, Francesca and Hyacinth. This ivy and wisteria-covered red brick Georgian mansion with the smart pillared entrance and elegant gates is actually a museum which you can visit, once you’re allowed out of lockdown. Ranger’s House lies on the edge of Greenwich Park in south London and houses a world-class art collection.
The Duke’s House
What a pile. When Daphne (and us) first catch a glimpse of Simon’s ‘home’ it certainly has the wow factor with its fountains, quadrangle and sheer size. In real life it’s Wilton House in Salisbury, owned by the Earl and Countess of Pembroke and dates back to 1544. Open for day visits if you want to snoop and you might recognise it from other classy period dramas such as Emma, The Crown, Pride & Prejudice and, er, Tomb Raider.
The Featherington House
The gaudily fabulous Featherington’s residence was filmed in a variety of locations, including No1 Royal Crescent, a museum in Bath and Hatfield House in Hertfordshire. Definitely worth a visit, there’s a massive park, restaurant, Stable Yard shops (jewellery, arts and crafts) and experiences too, like hot air ballooning, beekeeping.
You can also take tours of the super posh mansion, including the Chinese bedroom, an opulent chamber with silk wallpaper and canopied bed that was once reserved exclusively for the King of England. It’s also a film star in its own right, with appearances in The Crown, Paddington, King Lear and, randomly, the Jonas Brothers’ ‘Sucker’ music video.
The Duke & Duchess’ house
Simon and Daphne live in fictional Clyvedon Castle after they’ve tied the knot. Scenes were filmed at Castle Howard in Yorkshire (for the exterior), while the interior shoots took place at North Mymms Park, Wilton House and Badminton House in the Cotswolds, all of which are insanely grand and open for visits. And if you fancy getting married like a Bridgerton, you can even get hitched at North Mymms.
Bridgerton geek fact: Wilton House was used for the interiors of four different homes in the series and also served as Buckingham Palace in The Crown.
The Gentleman’s Club
When Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey) meets up with the Duke, Simon Basset (Regé-Jean Page) on various occasions at their ‘club’, it’s filmed at Lancaster House and The Reform Club - a real life Pall Mall member’s club (previous members include Winston Churchill and EM Forster) founded in 1836 and famous as the starting point of Phileas Fogg’s adventure in Jules Verne’s novel Around the World in Eighty Days. Hopefully they’ve managed to get things in order since the fight scene.
Modiste dress shop
Despite the show being set in London, the city of Bath actually served as a key location for most of the street scenes, which isn’t surprising as it’s home to some of the best Regency architecture in the country, particularly its famous curved Royal Crescent. It’s also where the Modiste dress shop, where everyone bought their made-to-measure ballgowns, was filmed, specifically at Pickled Greens, a cute cafe in the centre of the city.
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