Honestly, I am not usually a fan of period pieces like this, but I loved Bridgerton and can’t wait for season two! Seriously, is it out yet?!
This show caused quite the stir and it is easy to understand why; the costumes, the characters and those homes were to die for! Let’s not forget the steamy romances!
Although the show was set in London, the city of Bath served as the primary location for many of the scenes, which isn’t at all surprising since it is home to some of the best Regency architecture in England. Most notably, No.1 Royal Crescent, which is now a museum, served as the exterior of the Featherington home and the surrounding area stands in for the Grosvenor Square and various London streets. Nearby, the Bath Assembly Rooms becomes the ballroom of the Danbury House, while the 19th century Holburne Museum creates the exterior. Finishing off the scenes in Bath, were set on Alfred Street, Barton Street, and Trim Street, where the cute Pickled Greens cafe stood in for the Modiste dress shop, where the Featherington sisters shopped for their made-to-measure ball gowns.
Where to stay: The Gainsborough Hotel & Spa, which is a five-star hotel and spa just a half-mile from the Royal Crescent and is the U.K’s only hotel with direct access to Bath’s natural thermal waters.
London and Surrounds
In central London, is where quite a few memorable scenes take place. When the eldest son, Anthony Bridgerton, and Simon Basset, the handsome Duke of Hastings, meet a few times at their club, the location is actually a mix of the Lancaster House and the real-life members-only Reform Club on Pall Mall. Just outside in Greenwich, there are several other film locations. The Queen’s House stands in for Somerset House and the historic Ranger’s House serves as the Bridgerton House exterior. While the Greenwich Park Rose Garden was used for a few London scenes. In West London, the 400-year-old Syon House stands in for the interior of the Buckingham home. Just a little farther out, Painshill Park in Cobham is the breathtaking picnic setting for the Featheringtons.
Where to stay: Claridge’s which has the best Bridgerton vibe!
The most utilized setting for the show is the Wilton House, which sits just oustide of Salisbury. If you recognize this, it is because it was used in The Crown, Emma, and Pride and Prejudice. Given the massive size, the interior has served as four different residences in this series, while the exterior plays Hyde Park and St. George’s Church.
Where to stay: Howard’s House Hotel which dates back to 1623 but is very modern with award-winning food or drive an hour north to Summer Lodge in Dorset which has unique villas and suites set along gorgeous gardens.
Badminton House, home of the Real Duke and Duchess of Beaufort, serves as the interior of the Hastings House, Glyvedon Castle, Danbury House, and the Foundling Hospital scenes, as well as serving as the exterior of the Buckingham home garden.
Where to stay: Lucknam Park, which is one of the finest country hotels in England, that sits on 500 acres with a Michelin-star restaurant, spa, indoor and outdoor pools, and a full stable of horses.
When Simon and Daphne Bridgerton get married, they move into Clyvdeon Castle which is the Castle Howard, which is one of the most famous stately homes in England and took over 100 years of construction which spanned the life of three Earls (1699 – 1811). In 1940 a tragic fire destroyed the iconic dome and part of the Garden Hall, but the Howard family rebuilt the property over time.
Where to stay: If you drive an hour to the Grantley Hall you will feel like you have been invited to stay with the Bridgertons. Nearly half of the rooms are luxury suites with more amenities than you could ask for. There is a full spa with a thermal experience and a snow room, a pool, two gyms, and a Japanese garden. If you simply want to relax, choose from a lounge, a wine-tasting room or top cuisine from a Michelin-star wining chef.
Where are you going first? Wouldn’t this be a great road trip?!