In January, Netflix announced that its period drama “Bridgerton” had become the streaming platform’s most-watched debut show to date. The fictional series, which follows the lives, secrets and scandals of high-society families in Regency-era England, was streamed by 82 million households within its first month — and made the top 10 in every country except Japan.
So, what’s so special about “Bridgerton"?
Well, in addition to the intense chemistry between lead characters Daphne Bridgerton and the Duke, viewers have been captivated by the elaborate costumes, the quirky traditions and the lavish backdrops. Some of Britain’s most beautiful stately homes feature in this period drama for the modern day, and many of them can be visited in real life. Once clients can travel again, they are welcome to stop by the country mansions, glittering ballrooms and elegant palaces that have us all swooning.
Ranger’s House, on the edge of Greenwich Park in south London, plays the part of the Bridgerton home. Photo Credit: 2021 English Heritage
The Bridgerton House
The stunning wisteria-and ivy-clad Georgian mansion owned by the Bridgerton family is a museum in real life. Ranger’s House sits on the edge of Greenwich Park in south London and was originally built in 1723 for naval officer Captain Francis Hosier. In 1813, the year in which Bridgerton is set, the house was home to King George III’s sister Augusta, Duchess of Brunswick.
Today, the elegant property is home to an impressive art collection. More than 700 works of art are on display here, including Renaissance paintings, Dutch Old Masters and French tapestries.
Travelers may recognize Hatfield House from a variety of films and series. Photo Credit: 2021 Hatfield Park
The Featherington’s House
Despite being set in London, filming for “Bridgerton” took place in a number of different locations, including the city of Bath. Located in England’s southwest, Bath is home to some of the most impressive Regency architecture in the country. In “Bridgerton,” Bath’s famous curved Royal Crescent stands in for London’s Grosvenor Square.
The fabulous Featherington House was filmed at No. 1 Royal Crescent in Bath and at Hatfield House in Hertfordshire. No. 1 Royal Crescent is today a museum where travellers can take tours to see the extravagant bedchamber that was once reserved exclusively for the King of England, complete with silk wallpaper and a canopied bed. This address has appeared in several other productions as well, including “The Crown,” “King Lear” and even “Paddington.”
While in Bath, visit the Bath Assembly Rooms where several of the glittering Bridgerton party scenes were filmed.
Built in 1611 by Robert Cecil, the 1st Earl of Salisbury, Hatfield House is also open for visitors. If the property looks familiar it’s because it has also featured in “The Favourite”, “Enola Holmes” and “Rebecca”. In addition to the residence itself, there are extensive grounds to explore and experiences such as beekeeping and hot air ballooning to discover.
Guests can visit impressive interior spaces at Syon House in Greater London. Photo Credit: 2021 Syon Park
The Duke of Hastings’ Residence
The Duke of Hastings’ home was filmed in three different locations: Wilton House, Syon House and Badminton House, and travellers can visit every one of them.
In real life, Wilton House in Salisbury dates to 1544 and is owned by the Earl and Countess of Pembroke. A popular filming location, it has played a starring role in a number of other period pieces including “Emma” and “Pride and Prejudice”. Visitors come for the spellbinding interiors, the world-famous art collection and the 21 acres of parkland and gardens.
Syon House in Greater London has been in the same family for more than 400 years. Visitors can enter the Duke of Northumberland’s London home, view the Great Hall, visit the State and Private Apartments, and see the bedrooms where a young Princess Victoria and her mother, the Duchess of Kent, would sleep.
With 52,000 acres, the Badminton Estate in Gloucestershire is enormous. This vast estate has played host to many real kings and queens over the centuries; Charles II stayed here as did William of Orange on his return from the Battle of the Boyne. In addition to royal visitors, the estate has another claim to fame: Games played by army officers here in the 1860s may have given the sport of badminton its name. Badminton House is still very much a residential home, but parts of the estate can be visited on a private tour.
Exterior shots of Castle Howard in Yorkshire are used in “Bridgerton.” Photo Credit: 2021 Castle Howard
The Duke and Duchess’ House
After the Duke and Daphne wed, they move to the fictional Clyvedon Castle. Castle Howard in Yorkshire was used as the location for the exterior shots, while the interior scenes were filmed in a handful of locations including Wilton House, Badminton House and North Mymms Park. All four of these grand destinations are open to the public and, if a client fancies getting married in the style of Bridgerton, North Mymms Park is available as a wedding venue.
The Gentlemen's Club
When Viscount Bridgerton and the Duke of Hastings meet in episode one of the series to discuss the Duke’s return to society, they do so in their club. The unnamed gentlemen's club was filmed at Lancaster House and The Reform Club, a real-life private members’ club on Pall Mall in London. Although Lancaster House is rarely open to the public, The Reform Club will let you in for a sneak peek of its art collection on an organised group tour. The Reform Club also featured in the James Bond movie “Die Another Day.”
Source: TravelAge West