With the release of Bridgerton season 2 and soon the launch of Bridgerton season 3, your desire to go on a trip to the UK to do a Bridgerton tour may have been renewed.
If you’re a fan of the Bridgerton series, and I know a lot of you have watched it, then you’re going to be taken on a tour of all the filming locations where it was shot.
For each Bridgerton filming location, I list hotels and B&B’s where I recommend you to stay. I also created a Google map with all the sites and accommodations so that you can easily plan your Bridgerton tour.
Bridgerton locations in London
We start in London (most of the scenes were actually shot in Bath but more on that later) however some key places were in the capital.
Bridgerton Family Home
You may think that it was filmed in London – it’s said to be on Grosvenor Square where I used to work, but it’s none other than Ranger’s House in Greenwich, which is in south east London, so a bit out of the centre.
At the time Bridgerton is set, which is 1813, this Georgian villa was inhabited by Princess Augusta, the sister of King George III. Today it has a world-class art collection which you can visit.
This house has been in several movies. You may for instance recognize it from appearing in The Crown as a stand-in for Buckingham Palace. In Brigerton, it was used to film several of the balls and party scenes, and the tea that Lady Bridgerton has with the Queen.
Lancaster House was built in 1825 for the Duke of York and Albany, the second son of King George II, and was named York House. The home was so sumptuous that Queen Victoria herself is said to have called it a palace when visiting.
The Reform Club
This is a typical gentleman’s club on Pall Mall, and this is where Viscount Bridgerton and the Duke of Hastings meet in episode 1 of the first series to discuss the latter’s return to society in London.
Where to stay when you come visit Bridgerton London locations?
I recommend that you stay in two places that are quite central and that will allow you to go to these houses very easily, as you’re close to the Embankment Pier where you can take the Thames Clipper.
The two hotels are Henrietta Hotel in Covent Garden and Haymarket Hotel near Piccadilly Circus.
In the heart of Covent Garden, it is set in two elegant Victorian townhouses. The decor was designed by a French designer who also refurbished several hotels in Paris .
There are 18 rooms starting at £175.
This is a luxury option, with a pool in the basement and near Piccadilly Circus. There are 17 suites and prices start at £430. The bar and restaurants are also very popular.
My other recommendations for London
I recommend that you go to Greenwich by the Thames Clipper – it’s a one-hour cruise on the Thames and it will allow you to view London from the river, go under Tower Bridge etc. It stops at many of the world-famous London landmarks every 20 minutes.
On your way to Greenwich, you could stop at the Tower of London, explore the City of London and then go on to Greenwich.
On the way back you can disembark at Westminster pier to see the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey. You could also take a stroll through St James Park to see Buckingham Palace.
Where Bridgerton was filmed outside of London
The historic dockyard of Chatham was the place they used to recreate the slammers of London and its darker underbelly in the 1800s. It’s also where the boxing matches and Simon’s boxing practice happen. It is one of Britain’s most important royal dockyards – having had a very big role in historical events such as the Spanish Armada and the Cold War.
Stay at Amano Restaurant with rooms.
It has four rooms starting at £140 and it’s only a 24 minutes’ drive to the dockyards. Apparently, the Italian food is very good.
As you will have seen in Bridgerton, a lot of the families were spending time in the parks and the gardens, and to portray Primrose Hill which is a lovely park in London, they used Painshill Park in Surrey.
Painshill Park is an 18th century estate with a serpentine lake, a gothic temple, curved bridges, and a winding path as well as a crystal grotto. It is one of the most famous and best remaining examples of an 18th century landscaped garden park.
Where to stay outside of London
The Mitre Hampton Court
The affordable option to stay nearby is The Mitre – it’s just in front of Hampton Court Palace, which is the magnificent seat of the Tudor dynasty and the summer digs of Henry VIII – it is really worth a visit.
The hotel opened about a year ago and their decor is lovely. The restaurant has fantastic views over The Thames, and you can enjoy some very good British cuisine. There are 36 rooms starting at £105 a night and it’s only an eight-minute drive to the park.
If you want luxury, you could stay at Beaverbrook Hotel, which is only 19 minutes to the park by car. Its luxurious rooms, with interiors by Suzy Atkinson, start at £700 – for that price you get magnificent gardens, and a grand house where Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Kipling and Ian Fleming stayed as well as Winston Churchill!
We enjoyed a spa day there last summer, there’s a fabulous indoor and outdoor pool and you can read my review here.
Where is Bridgerton filmed in Bath?
Moving out of London, we’re going to go west towards Bath in Gloucestershire.
Bath has a starring role in the series, as much of the filming took place in the city, with the golden Georgian stone houses and grand buildings used as a backdrop, standing in for Regency London.
On the way from London to Bath, you can stop to visit Wilton House which is one of the main settings for the series. It’s still a family home for the Pembroke family who have lived there for 450 years.
It is set in 21 acres of parkland and gardens, many of them seen in several episodes. The house, with its 17th century interiors and world-famous art collection by artists such as Van Dyck, Pieter Brueghel, Rembrandt van Rijn and Richard Wilson, has been used in many films and series.
In Bridgerton the house is used for Daphne’s presentation to the Queen, as well as a facade for the London Duke of Hastings residence, and the dining room of Cleveland castle. While a third of the house is private, the rest of the opulent rooms are usually open to the public, making it the ideal location for a post-lockdown cultural visit.
Place to stay near Wilton House
Nearby you could stay at the Beckford Arms, only 20 minutes from Wilton House. It’s a pub with eight rooms, with some classic treasure materials such as stone, wood and sizzle, but they add a splash of colour with the use of handpicked white flowers or some colourful wool blankets.
The prices start at £92 pounds.
Sights to see in Bath
In Bath there are many sights to see, and here are the ones that have been used in the series.
With its cobblestones and striking line of colonnades down each side. It appears in the first trailer for the show, and it is used for several street scenes.
At the end of Bath Street is the Spa Quarter. This is the area where you can go to the Thermaes, and where the water bubbles up from the springs at a temperature of 46 degrees.
Of course, Royal Crescent is the most notable site. This is where the Featherington family has a house at No.1 Royal Crescent, which is also a museum.
Tucked away behind the Roman bath you’ll find the Abbey Deli on Abbey Green. The cafe stands in for the modist dress shop, which, as we know, is key to the Bridgerton story.
The exterior of the Holburne Museum was used for filming the entrance to one of the ball scenes in Bridgerton, standing in for Lady Danbury’s grand abode. The museum includes over 10,000 objects gathered over the last 200 odd years.
The Assembly Rooms
Finally, there is the Assembly Rooms. The tearoom and ballroom of the Assembly Rooms make perfect grand backdrops for the sumptuous ball scenes full of glamorous and vivacious costumes and hairstyles.
The best places to stay in Bath
Bath is a very fabulous city and there are a lot of lovely hotels and B&B’s that you can stay at. I’m recommending two here but make sure to check these five B&B’s in Bath and those hotels in Somerset not far from Bath.
Brindleys Boutique B&B
Located south of the river, but only a five-to-seven-minute walk away from the centre. It has six bedrooms starting at £115.
The Royal Crescent Hotel and Spa
Alternatively, you can go for a luxury option and stay at The Royal Crescent Hotel and Spa. They have even developed a ‘Live like a Bridgerton’ package, which includes a two-night stay in one of their decadent rooms or suites, a champagne afternoon tea with sunset gardens, and an exclusive private evening tour of the residence.
Prices start from £410 pounds per room per night based on a two-night package.
Outside of Bath, not far is Badminton Estate, visited by several Kings and Queens throughout the centuries. The 17th century estate was used to film scenes set in the Duke of Hastings London home, as well as the parlour and grounds of Cleveland Castle. It is primarily private, but you can ask to book a private group tour of the house and gardens.
Enjoy a stay at Lucknam Park
My recommendation of where to stay is Lucknam Park, a luxury hotel in the countryside. There are many things to enjoy at the hotel and families will really like it. We have stayed at Lucknam Park a couple of times – it’s actually where my husband proposed!
The arrival via the grand alley is beautiful. Inside it’s very top luxury, classic English setting with fabulous service, a pool, horse centre, bikes, croquet, tennis court, playground – there is plenty to keep everyone occupied. It’s also worth knowing that if you have kids the Longleat Safari and Adventure Park which is a great day out is only 40 minutes away.
Rooms start at £280.
Places to visit on your return
Finally, from Bath you could decide to return to London via Buckinghamshire, or even go further north. These are the last two places I want to take you.
First is another exquisite park, Stowe Park in Buckinghamshire, whose scale and beauty has wowed visitors for over 300 years. The parkland was used to depict Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens in the show, with its Temple of Venus providing the glittering backdrop to the outdoor Vauxhall Ball in the very first episode.
Stay at The Crown in Amersham
For the cheaper option around here, you could stay at The Crown, Amersham. This 500-year-old coaching inn has undergone a successful makeover at the hands of style guru Ilse Crawford, who injected a fresh contemporary comfy design that works very well with the history of the place.
There are 38 rooms and prices start at £92.
Luxury option: Soho Farmhouse
You could also decide to stay at Soho Farmhouse. You need to be a Soho House member and to book well in advance, but if you can it’s a fun place to stay and you’re sure to bump into celebrities – I did! It is a playground of the London media and young trendy influencers all escaping to the country.
You stay in spacious cabins with bikes to roam around and you can dine at various restaurants, go to the spa, go to the movies etc. I was lucky to be invited by a friend a few years ago, and you can read my review.
The final place is really up north, near York in North Yorkshire – Castle Howard. After Simon and Daphne’s wedding, the couple moves into the fictional Cleveland Castle, however the façade, entrance hall and grounds of the estate were actually filmed at Castle Howard.
The barracks and stately home took over 100 years to complete and the surrounding parklands are just as grand. You can take a tour of the castle and its treasure trove of inspiring architecture, fanciful stories, and attractive gardens.
Stay at The Talbot
Nearby you can stay at The Talbot. It’s a former 17th century coaching inn transformed into a contemporary pub with rooms. The rooms can be a bit bold in colour, but I do like the look of the lounges and dining areas. Prices start at £140.
Map of all Bridgerton filming locations
So, there you go – a total of 15 sights and 10 hotels/B&B’s for a wonderful tour of ‘Behind the scenes of Bridgerton’!
Make sure to check the map to map your own journey – why not create your own road trip!