Netflix’s Bridgerton was filmed in a number of historic mansions in England, including one where The Crown was shot.
Though it’s set in London, Bridgerton was filmed in the historic town of Bath.
Here’s how to visit Bridgerton’s filming locations.
Watching Bridgerton, a new Netflix show based on Julia Quinn’s beloved Regency-era romance novels, is like walking into a fairy tale. Everything glimmers. Of course, if you visited Bridgerton‘s filming locations in Bath and the mansions across the English countryside where it was shot, you might be disappointed to find they’re not quite as dreamy as they are in the show.
According to production designer Will Hughes-Jones, the show takes place in a “heightened reality,” where everything is a bit more beautiful, more glimmering, more lovely than real life really is—then, or now. “We’re not a historical show. We’re storytellers. We want to be historically accurate, but if it’s not accurate to the storyline, then we reassess,” Hughes-Jones said at a press event.
With over 100 on-site locations and incredibly intricate set designs, bringing Bridgerton to life was no easy feat. Here’s what you need to know about the show’s filming locations—including the ones you can visit.
Most of Bridgerton was filmed in the picturesque city of Bath.
Bath, the largest city in Somerset, England, has a starring role in Bridgerton. Although the show is set in London, the charming historic city—founded by the Romans as a thermal spa, per UNESCO—provides the backdrop for most scenes. Case in point? No. 1 Royal Crescent, a museum, provides the exterior for the Featherington house.
The Royal Crescent, a historic row of houses, is constantly in the background.
The Modiste dress shop is actually a cafe.
Pickled Greens, a traditional cafe, is tucked away in a charming street in the center of Bath. The cafe is transformed into Modiste in the world of Bridgerton.
The show was filmed in multiple mansions, including one next to Prince Charles’s home.
Bridgerton was shot in a number of stately homes in England—including one next to Prince Charles’s home. “That is regularly used by the royal family, so we would get a very short period of time to get in there, get rid of the 20th century, take it back to our period,” Hughes-Jones said, without identifying the name of the house.
Bridgerton shares Hatfield House with The Favourite and Rebecca.
Hatfield House’s 400-year history now includes multiple pop culture claims to fame. In addition to being seen in Bridgerton, the Hertfordshire mansion was in Netflix’s Rebecca, Hulu’s The Great, and and the movie The Favourite, which earned Olivia Colman an Oscar.
“I did sneak upstairs because I wanted to see Olivia Colman’s room,” Nicola Coughlin, who plays Penelope, told Welwyn Hatfield Times. “I was trying to rub the walls so that her acting talent would rub onto me!”
Queen Charlotte’s scenes were filmed in Wilton House.
Before it was one of England’s great homes, Wilton House was a nunnery built in 871. Belonging to the 1st Earl of Pembroke and his descendants, the manor home was renovated in the 18th century to be an example of Palladian architecture—fit for Bridgerton‘s Queen Charlotte (Golda Rosheuvel). The Netflix show was filmed in the home’s Single Cube Room.
Fun fact: Wilton House’s Double Cube Room stood in for Pemberley in the 2005 version of Pride and Prejudice and was the room where Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip met the Kennedys in The Crown.
One house might look familiar for viewers of The Crown.
Both Bridgerton and The Crown, a Netflix series about the royal family, were partially filmed at Somerley House in Ringwood. In The Crown, Somerley is a stand-in for Charles and Princess Diana’s home, Highgrove House. The house also starred in the 1983 TV adaptation of Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park.
The Bridgerton and Featherington homes were built from scratch.
Bridgerton‘s set design was a significant undertaking. “These are some of the biggest single rooms that I’ve ever built,” Hughes-Jones said during a press event. The show’s stately rooms began as miniature models. Then, they were built and decorated from mood boards designed to represent each character.
“Each Bridgerton and Featherington room had an individuality to it,” Hughes-Jones said. He recommended audiences pay special attention to the rooms’ flowers arrangements, fabric, and custom-made carpets and furniture for clues into its residents’ characters.
Take the Bridgerton family’s sitting room as an example. According to Hughes-Jones, the family’s color palette is soft blue and creams to represent their established place in the social pyramid (compared to the gaudier yellows of the Featheringtons). Eloise Bridgerton’s room incorporated her family’s signature blue color, but had markers of her individuality in the form of dark wood paneling, a painting of feminist Mary Wollstonecraft, and a telescope. Daphne Bridgerton, more conventional than her younger sister, had a powder blue and cream bedroom.
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