Sharma Sisters, Bridgerton sat facing one another in purple dresses Simone Ashley and Charithra Chandran
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Inside the Seriously Regal Estates Seen in Netflix’s ‘Bridgerton’

Netflix’s hit period drama Bridgerton is perhaps best known for its steamy love scenes, elaborate costuming, and romanticized depiction of a bygone, Ruritanian era—all set against the backdrop of the dreamy English countryside. However, the real star of the show might very well be its filming locations.

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Season 3 of Shonda Rhimes and creator Chris Van Dusen’s Bridgerton is nearly upon us, promising to deliver a swoon-worthy romance that would almost certainly send a scandalized Victorian maiden into an early grave. The new episodes, which are based on the fourth book in Julia Quinn’s series, “Romancing Mister Bridgerton,” arrive on the steaming platform on May 16, and will see the return of many Bridgerton regulars—this time, with a particular emphasis being placed on Lady Whistledown herself, Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan) and Colin Bridgerton (Luke Newton).

Although the chemistry between past couples like Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor) and Simon Bassett (Regé-Jean Page) or Kate Sharma (Simone Ashley) and Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey) have pulled viewers in by the thousands since its premiere in 2020, it’s safe to say that Bridgerton is nothing without its picturesque, Regency-era setting. So, as we gear up for the next courting season, here’s a quick breakdown of the TV show’s IRL filming locations, and the places that make up “the ton” as we know it.

Where does Bridgerton film?

Per Condé Nast Traveller, many grand estates are used to film Bridgerton, but perhaps none are as recognizable as the Bridgerton family home. Although the flower-draped Georgian villa is supposed to be located in the affluent London neighborhood of Mayfair, the real-life home used for exterior shots can actually be found in Greenwich, about five miles outside of central London. A historic, 19th-century property called the “Ranger’s House,” the building is located on the edge of Greenwich Park, and luckily, for diehard Bridgerton fans, can actually be toured, so make sure to add that to your next visit to the U.K.

As for the interior of château Bridgerton, the Halton House, located in Aylesbury, is where we can usually find Lady Bridgerton and her small army of children spilling the tea over finger sandwiches and music. It also acts as Featheringtons’ dining room. Crafty! The historic home certainly isn’t new to the world of entertainment, having been used as a shooting location by another hit Netflix series, The Crown. A historic Royal Air Force Station, the RAF Halton, is also used for interior shots.

As for the Featheringtons’ opulent manor, the Grade I listed-Hatfield House is primarily used to bring the family home to life. Interestingly enough, the land, at one point, contained the childhood home of Queen Elizabeth I, which was supposedly her favored residence. And yeah, it’s not difficult to understand why. Talk about some seriously stately history! Sadly, much of the original structure has been lost to time.

Other shooting locations include the magnificent Castle Howard in Yorkshire, as well as Wrotham Park in Hertfordshire, which is used as the exterior of the Bridgerton family’s country seat. No. 1 Royal Crescent, a museum in the popular Cotswolds locale of Bath, is also featured in many scenes, with season 3 set to introduce a new estate to the mix: Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, a.k.a., the birthplace of Winston Churchill. Oh, and the site of a tree affectionally known as the “Harry Potter Tree,” given the grounds were featured in 2007’s Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

Basildon Park in Berkshire and its idyllic gardens will also act as the home to a Bridgerton newcomer, Lady Tilley Arnold (Hannah New), who seems like she’s getting pretty cozy with Benedict Bridgerton (Luke Thompson) in season 3 promos. Grimsthorpe Castle in Lincolnshire, Osterley Park, Painshill Park, and Squerryes Court will also take on bigger roles in the upcoming episodes, with the production recycling many familiar locations for garden parties, balls, and other such happenings in “the ton.”

Needless to say, Bridgerton uses many, many historic country homes to recreate the backdrop of an idyllic Regency-era England, and it’s nearly impossible to list them all. Either way, fans can look forward to revisiting the world of Bridgerton when the new season arrives on Netflix later this month.


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