The Netflix television show Bridgerton is one of the most talked about series in recent years. While its storyline is popular for revolving around high-society gossip and intrigue, the show is equally well known for its sumptuous interiors and grand houses.
Many of the locations behind the hit series have a fascinating history, and are open to the public today. Relive your favourite Bridgerton moments by discovering some of its key filming locations, from Castle Howard to the Chatham Historic Dockyard.
1. Ranger's House, London
Serving as the exterior of the Bridgerton family home, Ranger’s House in Greenwich dates to 1720 when it was built by Francis Hosier, a wealthy naval officer who made his fortune by selling ship’s cargoes. The house was later home to the 4th Earl of Chesterfield, and then became the residence of the Ranger of Greenwich Park. Today, the house is open to the public and is home to a world-class art collection.
At the time Bridgerton is set, in 1813, the Georgian villa was actually lived in by George III’s sister, Princess Augusta.
2. Royal Crescent, Bath
Bath’s famous Royal Crescent is a row of 30 terraced houses built between 1767 and 1774 by architect John Wood, the Younger. A Grade I-listed building, it is among the greatest examples of Georgian architecture in the UK, and its exterior remains largely unchanged.
The Featherington family home exterior is filmed at Royal Crescent, and like the Bridgertons’ home, is said to be located on Grosvenor Square, London.
Castle Howard in Yorkshire is a magnificent 17th-century stately home nestled among 1,000 acres of landscaped gardens and woodlands which has become a hugely popular visitor attraction. Construction began in 1699 for the 3rd Earl of Carlisle, and took over 100 years to complete. Today, Castle Howard provides a wealth of art, architecture and history to explore, with its vast number of paintings, tapestries, sculpture and furniture collected over various Howard generations.
In Bridgerton, after Simon and Daphne’s wedding, the couple move to ‘Clyveden Castle’, with its exterior, entrance hall and grounds being filmed at Castle Howard.
4. Historic Dockyard Chatham, Kent
Historic Dockyard Chatham is one of Britain’s most historic and important Royal Dockyards, having witnessed events such as the Spanish Armada and Cold War. Established in the mid-16th century, the dockyard once employed some 10,000 people and spanned 400 acres, supplying Britain with some of her finest ships, and only formally closed in 1984.
With its genuine Georgian buildings and cobbled streets, the dockyard was used to portray the poorer areas of London where, for example, Lady Featherington takes Marina to see the slums, and Simon and Will have many boxing matches.
5. Theatre Royal, Brighton
One of the oldest theatres in the country, Grade II-listed Theatre Royal Brighton was opened in 1807 and is a distinguished example of Regency architecture. As well as featuring a regular program of plays and musicals, the theatre is open on Saturday mornings for backstage tours.
In season one of Bridgerton, a concert scene was filmed there.
6. Holburne Museum, Bath
Located in Sydney Pleasure Gardens, Bath, England, the Holburne Museum is a Grade I-listed building that is home to the art collection collected by Sir Thomas William Holburne. The collection, which is open to the public, includes some 10,000 objects that have been gathered over the last 200 years. Highlights include porcelain and silver as well as books, portraits, Roman coins and Holburne family heirlooms.
In Bridgerton, the building is used as Lady Danbury’s estate and is supposedly located in London.
7. Wrotham Park, Hertfordshire
Grade II-listed Wrotham Park in Hertfordshire, around 20 miles from Hyde Park Corner in central London, was designed in 1754 for Admiral John Byng. The 2,500-acre estate remains in the family today, and has been used more than 60 times as a filming location.
Season two of Bridgerton sees the Bridgertons’ ancestral family home, Aubrey Hall, filmed at Wrotham Park. Wrotham Park features prominently when the family play their annual game of Pall Mall. Though the house isn’t open to the public, it can be hired out for various events such as weddings.
Located in Salisbury, England, Wilton House is a stately home that also features extensive gardens and an adventure playground. Before it was a private residence, there was a priory on the grounds, founded by King Egbert around 871. Some have claimed that Hans Holbein worked on transforming the ruins of the abbey into a manor house, but there seems little evidence for this. Inigo Jones, the famous Palladian architect, was employed in the 1630s to complete extensive work on the house. It is still lived in by the Earl of Pembroke and his family.
Wilton House is used extensively in Bridgerton, with many of its gardens and staterooms such as the Queen’s throne room popping up throughout. It also serves as the dining room of Clyvedon Castle. Though a third of the house is still private, much of it is open to the public at certain points of the year.
9. Leigh Court, Somerset
Located in Somerset, England, Leigh Court is a Grade II* listed country house that was originally an Elizabethan mansion. However, the original building was demolished in 1812, and in 1814 the seat was rebuilt a quarter of a mile further north-east, to designs by Thomas Hopper.
Leigh Court’s Greek revival interiors have largely been preserved, and it served as a key location for many of Bridgerton‘s ballroom scenes throughout series one and two.
10. Stowe Park, Buckinghamshire
Stowe Park in Buckinghamshire dates as far back as the 1690s. Developed by Capability Brown in the 18th century, the stunning English gardens are known for the Grecian Valley, temples, bridges and lake. Open all year round, the gardens are owned by the National Trust. The Grade I-listed Stowe House is home to a school and is open to the public at certain times of year.
The park features in Bridgerton since it was used to depict Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, with its Temple of Venus providing a glittering backdrop to the lavish Vauxhall Ball.