Visit the Real “Bridgerton'” and “Queen Charlotte” Filming Locations – No Corsets Required
Since its debut in 2020, Netflix’s “Bridgerton” has taken the world by storm. Known for its steamy romances, engaging melodrama, and gorgeous cast, the show has had viewers wanting to be a Bridgerton family member from day one.
“Bridgerton” invites us into the high society of “The Ton,” helping viewers feel part of the action with its elaborate production and detailed costume design, making the world of the show feel well established and deeply lived-in. A large part of this is achieved through the show’s commitment to location shooting, very rarely using sets on a backlot at a studio. Every stately home, every wander through the park, each gentlemen’s club depicted are, for the most part, real places. With the arrival of “Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story,” the scope and scale of these locations has become even more grand, with the majority of the series taking place in the palaces which Charlotte and George reside in.
While eagle-eyed viewers will note that the majority of what the show tries to sell us as London isn’t actually the city, there are a number of locations across the UK that “Bridgerton” fans will recognize. Read on to discover some of the UK locations where “Bridgerton” and “Queen Charlotte” were filmed, and maybe plan some visits ahead of “Bridgerton” season three.
Ranger’s House, Greenwich, London
While the streets around the Bridgerton home aren’t in London, the family house itself is. Ranger’s House, which sits in Greenwich, serves as the Bridgerton family’s iconic wisteria-clad home. We see this exterior many times throughout the show’s two seasons, most memorably as the whole Bridgerton family wave off Colin in some of the final moments of the first season.
Now an English Heritage site, this Georgian house is home to the Wernher Collection – an art collection of over 700 works, amassed by 19th-century businessman Sir Julius Wernher. During the era in which “Bridgerton” is set, the house actually has a surprising link to the show’s characters, as it was home to Princess Augusta, King George III’s sister.
The Royal Crescent, Bath
Bath is used many times as a stand-in for London throughout the series and particularly for Grosvenor Square. It will likely be familiar to many fans of regency romance due to the city’s links with Jane Austen and her works.
One of the city’s most iconic roads is the Royal Crescent, which is seen repeatedly throughout both seasons of the show: in wide shots establishing setting; for carriages to drive past; and as the exterior of the homes of Anthony’s season one mistress, Siena, as well as the Featheringtons.
Sitting in the heart of Bath, the outside of the Crescent is completely open and free for members of the public to roam. No. 1 has also been converted into a museum about Bath during the Georgian era, a testament to its position as one of the most impressively kept examples of Georgian architecture. The Crescent also houses the Royal Crescent Hotel and Spa, a five-star hotel.
The Holburne Museum, Bath
Also in Bath is the location where they film Lady Danbury’s home: The Holburne Museum. Situated in the beautiful Sydney Gardens and overlooking the famous Great Pulteney Street, this stunning house is the perfect residence for one of the matriarchs of the Ton. That being said, for interior shots of the house, residences such as Wilton House and Badminton House are also used.
The museum boasts an impressive art collection that was curated by its former resident, Sir William Holburne. Given that Sir Holburne never married, he wanted the collection to be left to the city of Bath so that everyone could enjoy it. The venue can also be rented for weddings and events, if you wanted a day as grand as a Danbury ball.
Castle Howard, Yorkshire
While readers may be sad to find out that Clyvedon Castle, the duke of Hasting’s estate, is fictional, Castle Howard, where it was filmed, is just as grand.
Based in the heart of Yorkshire, this stunning house and gardens is a work of art, its construction having spanned the lifetime of three different Earls. Whilst it remains a private home, it is open to the public with a number of different guided tours around the house and grounds.
It has also been used as a filming location for other films and series, most famously as the setting of “Brideshead Revisited,” both in the 1981 and 2008 versions. In the 1970s, it featured in Stanley Kubrick’s film “Barry Lyndon.” It also served as the backdrop to the Arctic Monkeys’ video for their single “Four Out Of Five.”
Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire
Winston Churchill’s old home becomes Charlotte’s new home in “Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story.” The illustrious Blenheim Palace serves as the backdrop for Buckingham House in the Netflix series. This is fitting, given that the Marlborough family had connections with the real-life George III and Charlotte. These connections are to be explored in a new exhibition, with costumes from the show, as well as “The Crown,” featuring as part of the display.
It has also been home to some of the biggest film franchises in history, including Harry Potter, James Bond, and Mission Impossible. Coincidentally, this isn’t the first time Blenheim has played Buckingham Palace, it also did so in the 2020 film “Dolittle.”
Hampton Court Palace, London
The grand palace in South London, which was once home to Henry VIII, features in both seasons of “Bridgerton” as a stand-in for St. James Palace. Its exterior is used for establishing shots in both seasons, with the gardens making more of an appearance in the second season, particularly following the disastrous wedding attempt of Anthony and Edwina. Its grand staircase also features in the second season.
The palace also appears in “Queen Charlotte,” including the Orangery, which Charlotte frequently visits, the gardens, and the Base Court and Clock Court.
Hampton Court Palace is one of six properties that come under the UK’s “Historic Royal Palaces” banner. The list also includes Kew Palace, the real-life family home of King George III and Queen Charlotte.
Were you to visit, there are 60 acres of magnificent gardens to explore, as well as the original Tudor kitchens and Great Hall, and a bespoke baroque palace made for William III and Mary II.
You may also recognize the palace from previous period dramas including “Cinderella,” “The Favourite,” and “The Young Victoria.”
The first of a number of UK National Trust properties used for “Bridgerton,” Stowe in Buckinghamshire features as Vauxhall Gardens, where we see the ball at the end of the very first episode take place.
The crew built a full dance floor in the grounds, as well as two-story bandstand and banqueting area, all in front of the Temple of Venus. The design was based on accounts of the gardens from the time.
The expansive landscape gardens cover 250 acres of land, while there is a further 750 acres of parkland within reach. The National Trust website describes it as “an earthly paradise.” While the grounds are all owned by the Trust, Stowe House itself isn’t and requires a separate entry ticket.
Painshill Park, Surrey
If there’s one thing that the Bridgertons love to do, it’s promenade. One of their favorite locations to walk is Painshill Park in Cobham, Surrey, which features as Primrose Hill in “Bridgerton.”
The walks in this park are some of the defining moments for Simon and Daphne as they pretend to date, but start catching real feelings, in “Bridgerton” season one. It’s also where they happen to be when Simon gives Daphne some advice on very intimate matters.
Painshill is described as a “masterpiece of garden design” and promises itself to be “a fantastic day out for all the family that’s full of heritage, beauty, adventure, and outdoor fun.”
Belton House, Lincolnshire
Belton House features heavily in “Queen Charlotte,” with different parts of the property in Lincolnshire acting as both the individual homes in which Charlotte and George reside.
Its gardens serve as the gardens of Buckingham House, while its interior is used as the inside of Kew Palace. This includes the scenes set in King George’s bedchambers and the ones in Dr Monro’s lab.
The house, which is another UK National Trust property, was super excited to welcome the cast and crew, as seen on their social media. While it boasts a world-renowned library and art collection, its grounds also include 1,300 acres of parkland that are home to deer and sheep, as well as an outdoor adventure playground for kids.
Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire
The other location used as Kew Palace in “Queen Charlotte” is Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire. Built by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild in the late 1800s to entertain fashionable society and display his art collection, the house is featured as the exterior of Kew Palace; this includes the botanical gardens, conservatory, and a field. It has been open to visits from the public since 1959. The property also houses a walled garden and an extensive wine cellar.
It has also been used as a filming location for Amazon Prime’s “Cinderella,” “The Crown,” and Netflix’s remake of “Rebecca.”
Wrotham Park, Hertfordshire
Before the Viscount Bridgerton died and the family uprooted to London, the Bridgertons lived in Audrey Hall in the countryside. To represent Audrey Hall in “Bridgerton,” the crew filmed at Wrotham Park in Hertfordshire.
In one of the most iconic scenes from the source adaptation, the grounds of the hall are where the family plays their famous game of pall-mall. Given that there are 300 acres of parklands, there was plenty of room to form their playground.
Viewers may also recognize the property from the “Kingsman” films, “Jane Eyre,” and the Academy Award–winning “Gosford Park.” While Wrotham Park isn’t generally open to the public, it can be booked as a venue for weddings, private parties, and corporate hospitality events.
Petworth House, West Sussex
Given that Petworth is most famous for its vast collection of art, it was the perfect location to shoot the art-gallery scenes in season two of “Bridgerton.” Following the failed wedding of Edwina and Anthony, the Bridgerton and Sharma families try to keep up appearances with their trip to the gallery, while Anthony aims to get some alone time with Kate.
Filming of the show took place in the North Gallery, with the UK National Trust needing to move a number of collection items to accommodate the film crews. Sue Rhodes, visitor experience manager, said of the filming, “It was as though the people in the paintings had stepped out of their canvases – you got a real glimpse of what Petworth would have been like during its golden age.”
As well as its art, the property has a 700-acre Deer Park, and Ionic Rotunda, and Doric Temple.
Merton College, Oxfordshire
Merton College, part of the University of Oxford, functions as the onscreen chapel where George and Charlotte get married. The wedding scene is an important turning point in “Queen Charlotte,” marking the coming together of old society and the new Ton, each sat on either side of the aisle.
Merton was one of the first three constituent colleges at the university, founded as early as 1264. Its library, Mob library, is the oldest continuously functioning library for academics and students in the world. The chapel has been functioning for over 700 years, and 12 out of the 14 stained-glass windows are the originals.
The college is still an active part of the university today, with new students starting each year. That being said, it can also be visited by the public for a small admission fee.
Basildon Park, Berkshire
An 18th-century-style Palladian mansion, Basildon Park, in Berkshire, is used as the location for the grand Featherington ball in the season two “Bridgerton” finale. The ball took place across the garden room and parterre, and the final fireworks scene and Anthony and Kate’s love confession also happens on the grounds.
With the show being set in the summer, but filmed in October, the production team had to bring in around 5,000 artificial flowers to fill the rose garden with summer blooms. As a UK National Trust property, the grounds and house are easily available to visit.
Dorney Court, London
Set in a slightly earlier era than “Bridgerton,” “Queen Charlotte” also makes use of Tudor filming locations, such as Dorney Court, in London, which features as the Danbury’s home in the series, before the palace offers them an upgrade. It’s only seen in the early episodes of the prequel, but its distinct character and design make it a memorable addition to the Bridgerton cinematic universe.
The house is described as being “one of England’s most uniquely beautiful Tudor Manor Houses.” It has been seen on screen in films ranging from “Elizabeth: The Golden Age” to “Bohemian Rhapsody.” There are tours of the house and grounds available year-round, as well as property serving as a venue for weddings and events.
Lancaster House, Westminster, London
While the outside of Queen Charlotte’s palace in “Bridgerton” is shot at Hampton Court, the interior scenes are mostly filmed at Lancaster House, in Westminster, central London. A real-life royal property, owned by the UK government, the house is steeped in history. Many of the scenes we see take place there in “Bridgerton” are likely similar to the things the house has seen since it was built in 1825.
However, due to its contemporary usage, it isn’t open to the general public. It can also be seen by the wider public in many famous films and TV shows, including “The Crown,” “The King’s Speech,” and “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.”