Where Was ‘Bridgerton’ Filmed? 15 Set Locations to Visit in England

Like all world-building for the big screen, recreating the Bridgerton universe based on Julia Quinn’s novels is no small feat. This whimsical drama, set in the competitive world of Regency London, is one of decadent dress, raunchy romance, and extravagant balls. All playing out against the backdrop of some of the most stately edifices. Think Georgian villas that date back to the 1700s, exquisite pillared mansions, gilded state rooms, and sprawling parklands that are beyond befitting to the riveting theatrics of this almost cultish time-piece television series.

To the unknown viewer, it’s difficult to imagine the effort required behind the camera to orchestrate the magnificent scenes that transition seamlessly from one historic dining hall to another columned palace. “With all locations, access is the hardest part,” says Bridgerton’s production designer Will Hughes-Jones, the mastermind behind those lavish tableaux who shares set design secrets with ELLE DECOR. “Generally the locations are public spaces or places that the owners open to the public. Hence we only have a very short period of time to do what we need to do to get the job done.”

With many of these British properties are open to the public, you can live out your Bridgerton moment in the actual filming location, from Bristol’s stately mansions to Hertfordshire’s manicured estates. As the hit Netflix show returns to our screens for a third season, ELLE DECOR rounds up 15 locations from Bridgerton scenes that you can visit on your next jaunt across the pond.

Ranger’s House

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Location: Greenwich, London

Features as: The Bridgertons’ family home in London

This wisteria-lined Palladian-style mansion in South London plays a starring role in Bridgerton, serving as the iconic facade of the Bridgertons’ family residence. The Bridgertons’ home is key in establishing the status of the titular family and the way they live. While Ranger’s House is portrayed in Bridgerton as a cosmopolitan London home, the Georgian villa was set away from the bustle of the city on the edge of Greenwich Park. Built in 1723, it served as a residence for many aristocrats and royals, including Princess Augusta, sister of King George III. Today, Ranger’s House is home to the Wernher Collection, an art collection amassed by the 19th-century diamond magnate Sir Julius Wernher.

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Ranger’s House was originally pitched as the Featherington House, according to English Heritage, and another property for the Bridgertons. However, the locations were ultimately swapped, Bridgerton location manager Paul Tomlinson told English Heritage. For the first season, filming outside Ranger’s House took place across three separate occasions during a four-month period, transforming the exterior three separate times. This entailed adding custom-made wisteria, which hung from a temporary frame, to the front of the property; a new paint job on the front door along with a new knocker and knob; gravel on the walkway; and planters and window boxes at the front of the house. In the garden, cherry trees, ivy, and wild roses were added to the gates and railings for added botanical romance.

Halton House

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Location: Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire

Features as: The interior of the Bridgertons’ home—mainly, the foyer.

While the exterior of the Bridgertons’ house was shot in London, the interior scenes featuring the grand hall, stairs, hallway, and smoking room were filmed at Halton House, a French-style country house in the Chiltern Hills above the village of Halton. The manse was built for Alfred de Rothschild between 1880 and 1883, in the family’s signature French-inspired style, and sold to the Royal Air Force (RAF) in 1918. The house is currently used as the main officers’ mess for RAF Halton, one of the largest air force stations in the United Kingdom.

Halton House is where that uncomfortably scant Bridgerton ball takes place toward the end of season 2 (seen in the above photo). A room in Halton House, Daphne’s (Phoebe Dynevor) dressing room, was also repurposed in season 2 as the Sharmas’ accommodation at Aubrey Hall, as well as Anthony’s room there, Hughes-Jones tells ELLE DECOR. It was also used to film some of the Featherington interiors and Daphne Bridgerton and the Duke of Hastings’s wedding reception. But of course, this isn’t this charming mansion’s debut on-screen. It was also featured in The Queen, The King’s Speech, Cruella, Downton Abbey, and The Crown.

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Unfortunately, you won’t be able to visit this location IRL. According to the RAF’s website, “Halton House Officers’ Mess is home to many serving personnel based at RAF Halton. Therefore, it is not appropriate for people to visit their home. However, there are usually open days planned throughout the year where people can be guided around the impressive building. These will be advertised on the RAF Halton website.”

Holburne Museum of Art

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Location: Bath, Somerset

Features as: Lady Danbury’s estate

The Holburne Museum in Bath is a central Bridgerton setting in both seasons as the home of Lady Danbury, featured more prominently in season 2 as it’s the place where the Sharma family resides, thanks to the generosity of Lady Danbury. The breathtaking Palladian-style home, though appearing in the show like it sits on the outskirts of upper-class London, is actually in the heart of Bath’s city center. The Grade I–listed building, formally known as Sydney Gardens, houses more than 10,000 objects and is now the city’s first public art gallery.

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In the series, the interiors in the show feature a striking dusty pink wall color. That was built on-set, Hughes-Jones told House Beautiful. As for why pink was the hue of choice, “The home needed to be easily identifiable amongst the other sets and locations, and it also had to fit with the look of Lady Danbury [whose home is where the Sharma family resides] and complement the costumes.” The museum has been seen in The Duchess with Keira Knightley, and the Vanity Fair adaptation starring Reese Witherspoon.


St. James’s Church

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Location: Piccadilly, London

Features as: Where Edwina and Anthony are almost married

This Anglican church, which acts as the floral-filled scene where Anthony (spoiler alert) almost marries Edwina, was designed by England’s most historically significant architect, Christopher Wren, in 1672, and consecrated by Henry Compton, bishop of London, in 1684. In 1940, the church was severely damaged during the London Blitz. It has since been restored. One special feature of the church is its carvings behind the altar, created by Grinling Gibbons, whose work also adorns Kensington Palace today.

Filming Bridgerton at the church was a massive undertaking, according to British Anglican priest Lucy Winkett who has been the rector of the church since 2010. “The requirement for cranes and lights outside the church meant that the whole site would be given over to the project, Winkett writes on the church’s blog. “Our own parameters were that our Monday night meal for people going through homelessness had to continue, and worship on Sundays had to go ahead, but in between, for a few days, we became a full-blown film set.”

She went on to describe the transformation, which was quite lavish as the nuptials were fictitiously hosted by Queen Charlotte. “Sets were painted in the garden under small marquees, cranes were brought into the courtyard, huge drapes were hung in the church itself, transforming St James’s into ‘Buckingham Chapel,’” Winkett writes. “What stays with me is the sheer number of people involved, and the impressive professionalism of the crew.”

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No. 1 Royal Crescent

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Location: Bath, Somerset

Features as: The exterior for the Featherington home

In Bath, the Royal Crescent is a row of 30 honey-hued Georgian houses aligned in a sweeping crescent. In the Bridgerton world, this is London’s Grosvenor Square, with home No. 1 being the exterior of the Featherington home. In reality, home No. 1 is a museum that is open to the public, alongside a five-star hotel, the Royal Crescent Hotel and Spa, located within the landmark.

While Bath makes an excellent film location, as the city has conserved much of its historical appearance and architectural integrity (it’s even a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Hughes-Jones tells us it was the most challenging set to work on. “In season 1 no one knew who we were, and to be honest they were not interested,” he explains. “We were just an annoyance and a hassle, so it was very difficult to get anything done. When it came to season 2 we actually avoided going to Bath as much as possible by building a lot of it in a studio, as it was cheaper and less hassle.”


Wilton House

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Location: Salisbury, Wiltshire

Features as: The queen’s throne room and apartments. Outside, Jonathan Bailey promenades in front of the Palladian Bridge as Anthony Bridgerton.

Wilton House, three miles west of Salisbury, is as much a star in the show as any character, with its opulent interiors functioning as multiple settings in both seasons, most memorably as the fictitious Clyvedon Castle, the Duke of Hastings’s home. The magnificent countryside estate has served as the country seat of the Earls of Pembroke for more than 400 years and is still very much a family home that is open to the public. It features a world-famous art collection and sculpture gallery, in addition to lavish 17th-century interiors.

In Bridgerton, the building is featured in scenes in Queen Charlotte’s bedroom, parlor, and garden, as well as the well-known scene in which the debutantes are presented in the queen’s throne room. Meanwhile, the drawing room and grand hall stood in for chambers in the residence of Lady Danbury, and the grounds were shot as a stand-in for London’s Hyde Park. “The aim was to make it feel like an interior of St. James’s Palace,” Hughes-Jones explains. “The geography of the room was very important, along with a lot of light. Wilton house fitted the bill perfectly.”


Lancaster House

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Location: London

Features as: Queen Charlotte’s world: her parlor, music room, drawing room, jewelry room, and bathroom.

Located in the West End of London, just a stone’s throw from Buckingham Palace, Lancaster House was commissioned by the Duke of York and Albany, a son of King George III, in 1825. It fell into the hands of the Duke of Stafford, before being overtaken by Sir William Lever, 1st Baronet, a soap maker who renamed the house in honor of his home county. Just a year after purchasing the house, he donated it to the United Kingdom. It is now a British government building used for important government events (the G7 Summit was held there twice), as well as the London Museum and the Government wine cellar (yes, that’s a thing).

In Bridgerton, Queen Charlotte and Edwina have a rare heart-to-heart in the royal jewel room, following an unexpected appearance from an ailing King George III (played by James Fleet). Other interior shots of the 19th-century mansion include Queen Charlotte’s parlor, hallway, and bathroom. The historic building also appeared in The Crown as a substitute for Buckingham Palace.

But, like Halton House, a visit here is tricky. Per Visit Britain, “It’s rarely open to the public, but does sometimes open its doors at the annual Open City event.”

Wrotham Park

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Location: Barnet, Hertfordshire

Features as: Aubrey Hall

Set in the heart of a 2,500-acre estate in Hertfordshire, Wrotham Park was one of the most prominent locations in season 2 of Bridgerton, serving as the main estate for Aubrey Hall, the Bridgertons’ country home and ancestral seat. Designed by Isaac Ware, the 1754 Palladian mansion saw several owners, one of whom (Admiral John Byng) was a source of inspiration for Voltaire’s satire Candide. Byng’s descendants still own the property.

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As for its appearance in Bridgerton, Hughes-Jones says the crew pushed the space toward a more “homely, country feel.” “There are a lot more tapestries, more wild flowers rather than the roses that we use in the town home,” he tells ELLE DECOR. “For the pall-mall scene [a 16th-century precursor to croquet], one of our team members went to the Museum of London to research the game, and the actual rules are pretty vague. So we decided that the Bridgertons play their own version of it.”


Windsor Great Park

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Location: Windsor, Berkshire

Features as: The hunting scene; the horseback riding scene in the rain after Kate and Anthony spend the night together, and when Kate falls off her horse.

The backdrop for many of Anthony and Kate’s most romantic moments in season 2 (yes, that includes the horseback meet-cute between the viscount and Miss Sharma), Windsor Great Park is a royal park of around 4,800 acres that includes grasslands, lakes, gardens, and forests with trees that have stood for over 1,000 years (a romantic stage for the couple’s charged pall-mall retrieval, as well as the dramatic scene where Kate falls off her horse). Initially a private hunting ground for Windsor Castle, the estate was opened to the public. Perhaps your own meet-cute moment is waiting to be had among these sprawling woodlands?

As for those heavenly light beams captured in the hunting scenes in this sweeping parkland, Hughes-Jones tells ELLE DECOR “we were just very lucky.....The director of photography did use some pretty big lights to get the shafts, but with the help of special effects and the fact that at the time of filming we had had a prolonged dry spell and it was very hot. The weather gods were shining down on us that week as far as certain hours go.”

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Hampton Court Palace

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Location: East Moseley, London

Features as: Queen Charlotte’s St. James’s Palace; the wedding reception party for Anthony and Edwina; the corridor in Benedict’s art academy; the print studio exterior; the queen’s court.

The former home of Henry VIII, the original Tudor Hampton Court Palace was a royalty-approved choice for producers looking for a multipurpose setting. In fact, like Wilton House, this historic palace is the workhorse of stages throughout season 2. It is the place where Eloise meets her new love interest, Theo Sharpe (Calam Lynch), as well as the Chancery Lane Printing Press exterior. It also sets the stage for the corridor in Benedict’s art academy, the wedding reception party for Anthony and Edwina, and the gardens of both Buckingham House and Danbury House. There’s additionally a scene here where the queen is sitting in a tent reading Lady Whistledown (which is just begging for an Insta-worthy photo recreation).

The 500-year-old pleasure palace is rich with history: This was the palace that King Henry VIII brought all six of his wives to. King William III and Queen Mary II then stepped up to the throne, commissioning Sir Christopher Wren to build an elegant new Baroque palace. Queen Victoria notably opened the palace to the public in 1838, which remains to this day. “Trying to shut it down is like trying to shut down Times Square,” Hughes-Jones told Town and Country. “Because of the weather we have, we didn’t have a particularly good floral summer. We were expecting to come there and find the gardens looking absolutely beautiful. But because of Covid, all the gardeners had been furloughed and they’d all been off work. So the gardens were looking really ragtag literally two weeks before [we filmed]. And we had to get our greens team in and basically make the gardens look like they should do.”

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Castle Howard

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Location: York, North Yorkshire

Features as: Clyvedon Castle, the Duke of Hastings’s house

Castle Howard, which is featured in season 1 as the fictional Clyvedon Castle, took more than 100 years to build. Work began on the castle’s symmetrical wings and crowning dome in 1699 and after the lifetimes of three earls, it was finally completed in 1811. Today, this stately Baroque home in the heart of Yorkshire—most famous for being used in both versions of Brideshead Revisited—is a treasure trove of inspiring architecture, fanciful stories, and lush gardens.

On the screen, it is within the stately home’s famous honey-hued stone that we see Simon (Regé-Jean Page) and Daphne settle into married life after their wedding. A variety of rooms were featured in episode 6 of season 1, including the Turquoise Room, Antique Passage, Long Gallery, and Garden Room, which features as the marital bedroom where the duke and duchess spend most of their time and where Daphne learns why the duke refuses to have children. Drama, drama, in the royal bedchamber!


Ivinghoe Beacon

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Location: Ivinghoe, East Buckinghamshire

Features as: Field and landscape shots when the Bridgertons are roaming beyond their second home, Aubrey Hall.

Ivinghoe Beacon is located at Ashridge Estate, a sprawling 5,000-acre property in Buckinghamshire that serves as one of the many fields and landscapes we see when the Bridgerton family is at their ancestral home, Aubrey Hall. Our favorite cameo of Ivinghoe Beacon is the scene when Kate angstily rides her horse to the cover of “You Oughta Know” by Alanis Morissette. All the angsty Regency feels.

Fun fact: Ivinghoe Beacon is on the Ridgeway National Trail, an 87-mile trail following Britain’s oldest road. While this trail can take up to a week to complete on foot, it’s worth seeing a small section of it at Ivinghoe for the more casually inclined. This estate is open and free to the public, requiring only a small fee if you wish to climb to the top of the Bridgewater Monument.

The Reform Club

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Location: London

Features as: The gentlemen’s club where Anthony Bridgerton and Simon Basset meet

A London building constructed in 1836 as an unofficial base for the Liberal Party, the Reform Club is a “reminder of the country’s advance towards democracy in the nineteenth century,” according to the club’s website. Beyond its fascinating role in political history, the building is of architectural importance in its own right. The designer of the building was Sir Charles Barry, best known for rebuilding the Palace of Westminster after the fire of 1834. Barry was one of several designers who entered their plans in order to win the building commission. Budgetary constraints meant Barry’s design had to incorporate decorative finishes that mimicked more expensive materials. The Reform’s flamboyant Roman High Renaissance interior was less marble and more plaster but nonetheless luxurious. And in fact, despite these trompe l’oeil substitutes, the clubhouse was ultimately one of the most expensive of its type. Today, the Reform Club continues to host a lively social community (that is, now, politically neutral), hosting over 100 events a year and functioning as a full-service hotel and restaurant.

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The Reform Club was used as a filming location for the gentlemen’s club of which Simon Basset (aka the Duke of Hastings) and Anthony Bridgerton are members and meet in season 1. The location has been used in many films, including the James Bond film Die Another Day and Quantum of Solace.

Stowe Park

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Location: Buckingham, Buckinghamshire

Features as: Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens

Little surprise that Stowe Park in Buckinghamshire made an appearance in the series, as a backdrop to the lavish outdoor ball scene in which the relationship between Daphne and the Duke of Hastings shifts. But of course, whose face wouldn’t look a bit more riveting against the Eden-like, glittering gardens of Stowe Park (in the show, Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens).

The scenes at Vauxhall Gardens were filmed in front of the Temple of Venus at Stowe Park, Hughes-Jones explains, adding that it was the ideal place for that dramatically romantic encounter. “Stowe Park and its Georgian gardens were created by Viscount Cobham in the early 1700s,” he adds. “In 1845, it was visited by Queen Victoria, who was reported to be jealous of the property.” If it’s good enough for Victoria, it’s good enough for the Bridgertons.

Painshill Park

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Location: Cobham, Surrey

Features as: Primrose Hill

Another exquisite park that features in the series is Painshill Park, an 18th-century landscaped park in Surrey. The park is influenced by the European travels of its founder the Honorable Charles Hamilton, the son of the sixth Earl of Abercorn. In Bridgerton, the park is meant to represent a park in London where all of the ton spend their afternoons promenading, boating, picnicking, and of course, gossiping. Prominent architectural elements in the park that appear in the series include the Five Arch Bridge, the stone bridge Simon and Daphne stop to speak on, and the intricate Chinese Bridge. Could you imagine a more fitting place for Simon and Daphne to try to be seen together?

 

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