The characters, the costumes, the scandal! It’s all there, in the fabulously binge-worthy Netflix series Bridgerton.
Based on the best-selling novels by Julia Quinn, the show follows the lives of eight, close-knit siblings on the lookout for love in Georgian high society.
Set in London and narrated by Julie Andrews, the first season was filmed all over England, including Salisbury, Gloucestershire, Brighton, Greenwich, Yorkshire and Kent.
But in the end, it was the city of Bath – the UNESCO World Heritage Site – that stole the show, with its many stunning Georgian locations, perfect for a series as glamourous and as spectacular as Bridgerton.
If you’re a fan of the blockbuster show, which, for part of 2021, held the top spot as Netflix’s most popular programme, make sure you book a trip to Bath and discover the many cool locations used in the production.
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. For more details on booking the tour, visit the Days Out Guide
To discover more about Bath’s starring role in the Netflix series, go to Visit Bath’s website
No. 1 Royal Crescent
Perhaps no other place in the UK better encapsulates the grace and elegance of the Georgian era than Bath’s Royal Crescent. In fact, the famous street is so indicative of the period that one of its houses is now a museum dedicated to Georgian domestic life – No. 1 Royal Crescent
The exterior of this beautiful building was used as a location for the Baron Featherington household. Most of the interior rooms, however, were sets, and a large proportion of the furniture was built from scratch, making it a suitably extravagant production, with a budget to match.
In the very opening shots of the first episode of Bridgerton, alongside Royal Crescent and Bath Street (see below), is the city’s Alfred Street. Usually a car-lined, largely residential road just north of the town centre, the street was transformed for the series into a bustling Georgian thoroughfare, with horses and carts and promenading couples.
The fabulous art gallery, Holburne Museum is home to the collection of Sir William Holburne, the 19th-century naval officer and fifth baronet of Menstrie. Among the venue’s exciting artefacts is work by the Georgian master and Bath resident Thomas Gainsborough.
The museum’s beautifully symmetrical façade, with its three-arched loggia, made for the ideal entranceway to one of Bridgerton’s grandest abodes – Lady Danbury’s stylish pad. It is outside the museum that characters arrive when attending one of the straight-talking gentlewoman’s parties.
The Assembly Rooms
Georgian high society was awash with lavish balls in glamorous venues, some of which lasted well into the next morning, with hours upon hours given over dancing. These all-night shindigs were highlights in the social calendar, where attendees networked, found a mate, or simply had a good old time.
The Tea Room and Ball Room of the Bath Assembly Rooms
on Bennett Street were ideal locations for Bridgerton’s festivities. Formerly a popular hub for fashionable society – frequented by Jane Austen and Charles Dickens – the venue remains in use today and can be visited by the public when not already booked for another occasion.
The graceful, cobblestoned and colonnaded Bath Street in the heart of the city is more or less completely without modern embellishment, such as shop signs. This makes it the perfect location for several street scenes in the Netflix sensation. It first made an appearance in the series’ original trailer and has had regular walk-on parts ever since.
At the end of the street is Cross Bath and Thermae Bath Spa
, taking advantage of the natural hot springs, and giving the area its informal moniker of the Spa Quarter.
The Abbey Deli on Abbey Green, just behind the Roman Baths, doubles as a 19th century dress shop in Bridgerton. The Madame Delacroix-owned boutique is where all the most fashionable debutantes get fitted for their most eye-grabbing gowns. The Grade II listed building has a traditional double-fronted window, making it the perfect location for the classy clothes shop.
For more great film location destinations…
Like its fellow West Country city, Bristol is a popular location for film and television productions, appearing in the movies Stan & Ollie, Starter for Ten and The Sense of an Ending, as well as telly programmes such as Sherlock and Skins. It’s also home to Aardman Animations, famous for producing Wallace & Gromit, and BBC Bristol. In 2017, Bristol was awarded UNESCO City of Film status. To find out more, check out Bristol’s film and TV location guide
Cardiff too hosted many a film shoot over the years. Most recently, the city was used as a location for the Netflix series Sex Education and the BBC production of His Dark Materials. The Welsh capital has also been a popular location in Doctor Who and Sherlock. Among the films shot in Cardiff are Human Traffic, War of the Worlds and 28 Days Later.
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