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Inside the palaces and country estates where Netflix’s Bridgerton was filmed

16 May 2024 | |By Luxury London

From Ranger's House in Greenwich to Richmond’s Hampton Court Palace, these are the real locations bringing Regency London to life in Bridgerton

Dearest gentle reader, today marks the return of Bridgerton. As 82 million people around the world now know, the greatest gift of Christmas 2020 came courtesy of a Netflix costume drama set in Regency London, with all the pomp, romps and scandalous storylines we could hope for from a festive box set. Based on Julia Quinn’s historical romance series, the show focuses on the Bridgerton family and the decadent lives of high-society London during the 1800s – and 2024 promises a whole new season focusing on the (as yet) unrequited romance between Colin Bridgerton and Penelope Featherington.

It’s now been two years since the last Bridgerton instalment but fans had plenty to get excited about when Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story – a spin-off focusing on the life of the beloved, gossip-starved Queen Charlotte – landed on Netflix last May. The highly-anticipated third season has been split, with four episodes landing today (16 May 2024) and the latter four on 13 June.

The show is once again under the direction of TV superstar Shonda Rhimes, of Grey’s Anatomy fame, and focuses on the ton’s wallflower Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan) and Colin Bridgerton (Luke Newton), following the will-they-won’t-they romance that’s been subtly intertwined into the past two seasons. Many of the usual suspects are returning too, such as Golda Rosheuvel as Queen Charlotte, Adjoa Andoh as Lady Danbury, and Ruth Gemell as Violet Bridgerton, alongside newly-married lovebirds Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey) and Kate Sharma (Simone Ashley), after their tumultuous courtship resulted in a happy ending at the conclusion of season two.

It’s not just the juicy storylines that have attracted millions of viewers, but also the exquisite period costumes, clever contemporary string quartet soundtrack and, of course, the lavish ballrooms and stately homes that have us daydreaming of a decidedly more fabulous life. With much of the filming for both Bridgerton and Queen Charlotte done at London locations, we’ve scouted out the impressive sites in the capital and beyond that have created perfect backdrops for the Regency era. 

Squerryes Court, Kent

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This 17th-century manor house in Westerham was shaken from its warm slumber in August 2022 when the Bridgerton production team rolled through the front gates and set up home for two weeks. Under a shroud of secrecy, the home of the Warde family at the centre of the Squerryes Estate had been booked as a filming location for season three of the Netflix series. The delightful gardens were used as a scene for a grand garden party which you can spot in the opening episode of season three.

Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire

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Also a key location for spin-off Queen Charlotte, the luscious land surrounding Blenheim Palace – a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is the seat of the Dukes of Marlborough – also plays host to the third season of Bridgerton. During one episode, the ton attends a hot air balloon event, for which Blenheim Palace provides the perfect backdrop, while it also stands in for Buckingham Palace.

Belton House, Lincolnshire

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The filming for Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story took the crew to Belton House – a 17th-century stately home now owned by the National Trust. Serving as a backdrop to the young queen’s life as she settles into the UK, the house is no stranger to the spotlight having appeared in the BBC’s Pride and Prejudice and 2006 adaptation of Jane Eyre

Kew Gardens, Richmond

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Eagle-eyed fans will have spotted glimpses of Richmond’s Kew Gardens throughout Queen Charlotte. It’s a fitting setting for the spin-off, considering the gardens actually began their life in 1759 under the guise of Princess Augusta – mother of Queen Charlotte's husband King George III – who transformed the nine-acre plot into a botanic garden. A few years later, Queen Charlotte built a small cottage at the south-west end of Kew Gardens as a country retreat, where she and her husband kept oriental cattle and colourful Tarytarian pheasants on an adjacent paddock. A fine place for a spot of tea, if you ask us, and one you can still visit today. 

Ranger’s House, Greenwich

The Bridgerton’s residence is located in the heart of Mayfair, a grand wisteria-clad villa where the lives of the eight Bridgerton siblings play out under the watchful eye of the ton. In reality, the elegant Georgian property is located on the other side of the capital in Greenwich. Ranger’s House, as it is known in real life, sits on the boundary of Greenwich Park and Blackheath, and was built in 1720 for a naval captain. It eventually became the official home of the Ranger of Greenwich Park, a by-appointment position granted by the monarch, with the likes of Caroline, Princess of Wales and Princess Sophia Matilda taking up residence. Today, the building is part of English Heritage, and is home to the impressive Wernher Collection, the 700-strong art collection of 19th-century diamond magnate Sir Julius Wernher.

The interior of the Bridgerton home, meanwhile, was filmed at RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire, one of the UK’s largest Royal Air Force stations, which was used to create the grand hall, stairs, hallway and smoking room.

Wilton House, Salisbury

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Wiltshire’s Wilton House has been home to the Earls of Pembroke since the 1540s, but in Bridgerton it doubles up as the Duke of Hastings' grand London abode. This Tudor house, which has appeared in The Crown, acts as both the exterior and interior for the fictional residence, with its portrait hall, hallway and entrance hall all used in the Netflix series. Other scenes inside the home were shot at Syon House in Brentford, such as the nursery and the Duke’s study and dressing room, and Badminton House in Gloucestershire, where scenes in the Duke’s parlour and morning rooms were filmed.

Castle Howard, York

Clyvedon Castle is the fictional country home of the Duke and Duchess of Hastings, to which they retreat mid-season for their honeymoon. The striking facade belongs to Castle Howard, a historic palace in north Yorkshire that was built in the 16th century and took more than 100 years to complete. It has been in the Howard family for three centuries and eight generations, but may now be better known as the backdrop to some of the Hastings’ raunchy exploits. Other scenes set at Clyvedon were shot at Wilton House (the dining room), Badminton House (the parlour and grounds) and Hertfordshire’s North Mymms Park (the nursery).

Royal Crescent, Bath


Perhaps the most recognisable of all the residences in Bridgerton is the facade of the Featherington’s home, for which Bath’s iconic Royal Crescent played a starring role. The Palladian frontage stands in for the Featherington’s Regency London home, which in the series is located opposite the Bridgerton’s residence. Designed by John Wood and built in 1776-1777, the Grade II-listed Bath stone crescent was originally designed as 30 terrace houses overlooking Royal Victoria Park. Today, the crescent is home to the museum No.1 Royal Crescent, the five-star Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa and private housing, and has been used as backdrops to films such as The Duchess.

Hatfield House, Salisbury


The interiors of the Featherington home are as memorable as the exterior, not least because the colour palette so perfectly matches the family’s day-glo wardrobes. To find such complementing decor, the Bridgerton crew took to RAF Halton and Hatfield House in Hertfordshire, the stately home of the 7th Marquess and Marchioness of Salisbury. Those with a penchant for period dramas may recognise this particular Jacobean building from its starring roles in The Favourite, Enola Holmes and Rebecca.

Lancaster House, London

Bridgerton’s Queen Charlotte splits her time between Buckingham Palace (then known as Buckingham House) and St James’s Palace, both of which the Bridgerton set designers created using an amalgamation of stately homes. Her Majesty’s throne room, which appears in one of the first scenes in the series, is the striking Double Cube Room of Wilton House. It’s here that the debutantes in the series are formally introduced to the monarch at the beginning of the social season during Queen Charlotte’s Ball, a real event that was founded in 1780 by George III as a birthday celebration in honour of his wife. Eagle-eyed viewers may also have spotted the Long Gallery in Lancaster House, a favourite filming location for period dramas that has been seen in the likes of Downton Abbey and The King’s Speech. For the exterior and the red brick courtyard of St James’s Palace, Hampton Court Palace in Richmond-upon-Thames stood in for the real deal.

Badminton House, Badminton

The connection between Lady Danbury and the Duke of Hastings goes beyond their relationship; their homes were filmed in the same locations, too. Like Hastings House, the interiors of the Lady’s London residence were shot at both Badminton House (the hallway and the bathroom) and Wilton House (the drawing room and grand hall). For the exterior, the crew sought the imposing Bath stone facade of the Holburne Museum in Somerset.

Dorney Court, Windsor

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While its depiction in Bridgerton makes Dorney Court appear as a somewhat less glamorous overnight stop on the way to Clyvedon Castle, we can think of few real-life newlyweds who would object to spending their first night as man and wife here. The Grade I-listed early Tudor mansion in Windsor was first recorded in the Domesday Book in 1086 and was later owned by a succession of nobility, including Sir William Garrard, Lord Mayor London. It is now a popular wedding and filming location, having featured in Bohemian Rhapsody, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Midsomer Murders, as well as Bridgerton. Just 30 miles from London, it is also open to visitors, making for the perfect spring day trip.

London parks

For scenes in which the cast venture outdoors to Hampstead Heath, Kensington Gardens and Primrose Hill, the Bridgerton crew took not to London’s own beautiful parks but to the bucolic gardens of the home counties. Hampshire’s Somerley House stood in for Hampstead Heath, while Surrey’s Painshill Park, an 18th-century landscaped garden in Cobham, took the role of Primrose Hill. Kensington Gardens were reimagined in Sunbury Park and Walled Garden.

Leigh Court, Somerset


With the string quartet plucking out tunes by Ariana Grande, Maroon 5 and Billie Eilish, there’s little wonder the debutantes spend much of their time dancing. The lavish ballrooms that appear throughout the series as the social season gets underway were filmed in a number of grand heritage buildings, including Leigh Court in Somerset, Castle Howard, Bath Guildhall, and the Bath Assembly Room.

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