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Bridgerton filming locations you can visit IRL

Remember being obsessed with Bridgerton? Well, Netflix’s hit show (82 million viewers and counting) is back on 25 March, and Muddy’s already buying in the popcorn and keen to visit all the season two locations!

From the Regency era setting to the glam outfits and extravagant parties, the raunchy period drama sure helped us through lockdown and to say we’re excited about another dose of debauchery is an understatement.

Quick recap: based on the best-selling books by Julia Quinn, the first season centred around the relationship between Simon Basset, the Duke of Hastings (Regé-Jean Page *swoon*) and Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor), while the second season apparently shifts focus to Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey) and his relationship with new character Kate Sharma (Simone Ashley). Spoiler: Regé-Jean Page won’t be appearing as the Duke in the second series (remember the SPOON SCENE? Sob). 

Okay we’re plot obsessed, but we’re also location lovers, so hop into a horse-drawn carriage with Muddy for a trot around the spectacular venues from the new series. 

BRIDGERTON IN BATH 

No.1 Royal Crescent, fit for a Featherington 

Lots of action in series one took place in the historic city, so it’s no surprise cast and crew returned to shoot scenes for season two, including No.1 Royal Crescent, an elaborate Georgian-style museum used as the home of the Featherington’s which you can also visit (Tues-Sun). 

The Holburne Museum in Sydney Pleasure Gardens is the backdrop for Lady Danbury’s home, but IRL the Grade I listed building, originally designed as a hotel, houses a collection of fine art plus there’s a café and gardens to enjoy too. 

Credit: Bath Assembly Rooms

Also stealing the limelight are the Bath Assembly Rooms, designed in 1771 for music and dancing and now, aptly, a setting for some of the show’s most extravagant parties and social events. Currently used as an events space, with a fashion museum on the lower floor, the National Trust is taking over in 2023 and has big plans – so watch this (elegant) space. 

Credit: JJ Beanos

We’re hoping for more scandalous gossip in Madame Delacroix’s dress shop, Modiste, filmed in cute café Abbey Deli. If you want to go full-on Bridgerton, head there and order an Afternoon Tea Modiste (fake French accent optional), £19.95, or go for the Madam Delacroix cream tea, £24.95, which includes a naughty glass of Prosecco too. 

BRIDGERTON IN LONDON

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Image: English Heritage

The Bridgerton family’s wysteria-clad home isn’t located in Mayfair as the series implies, but rather south east London, specifically a beautiful Georgian villa called Ranger’s House on the edge of Greenwich Park. As well as a filming location it houses The Wernher Collection – 700 works of art you can book tickets to peruse at leisure.. 

Credit: Old Royal Naval College 

The Old Royal Naval College, also in Greenwich, is the setting for a party in the new series but you might recognise it from other hit period dramas too, including The Crown and Les Miserables. Find out more by joining a film & location tour, which includes access to the college’s famous Painted Hall. 

Queen Charlotte’s pad isn’t bad. Credit: HRP.org

Hampton Court Palace, originally home to Henry VIII and well worth a day out, was used for exterior shots of Queen Charlotte’s home, though Lancaster House in Westminster was the choice for interior scenes. Rooms are for hire if you fancy throwing your own OTT party, Bridgerton-style. 

BRIDGERTON IN BERKSHIRE 

Image: Dorney Court

The makers of Bridgerton had grand plans to make Berkshire their semi-permanent home for seasons three and four. A five acre plot at Sunninghill Park was earmarked for a big set build, featuring two mansions and a London square. Grab the smelling salts, the council pen pushers said NO. So we’ll just have to swoon over what could have been by rewatching the wedding night scene at Dorney Court.

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Regé-Jean Page as The Duke

This stunning manor, dating back to 1440, pops up in the Netflix showstopper in season one, episode 5. You know the one – Simon and Daphne set the coaching inn bedroom on fire with a hunka hunka burning love. Dorney Court been in the Palmer family for 500 years, who grew the UK’s first pineapple and gifted it to the king. It’s now a popular wedding venue and you can mooch around the house and grounds throughout August. If you want to peek through the privet hedge, there’s a lovely garden centre next door (Crocus at Dorney Court) with a lovely café. You might need a cuppa to steady yourself if you get flashbacks of a naked Duke.

Credit: West Wycombe Park 

Hopping over the border to Bucks, the 18th-century Italianate villa West Wycombe Park, owned for more than 300 years by the Dashwood family (which sounds frightfully Bridgerton-esque to Muddy), was another key filming location. According to eagle-eyed locals, actors were spotted strolling around in period costume and horse-drawn carriages to recreate scenes of Royal Ascot. Oooo the excitement. If you want follow in the footsteps of Daphne et al, West Wycombe’s welcomes visitors to its Hellfire Caves and café or you can even hire it for a wedding – though sadly not to Rége-Jean Page.

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