8 Bath locations used in new Netflix series Bridgerton
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The period drama, launching on Christmas Day, was filmed across the Somerset city
Bath’s latest on-screen appearance comes with a delightful dose of regency scandal and romance. We are in for a real Christmas Day treat as the first episode of Bridgerton premiers on Netflix. Based on the best-selling books by Julia Quinn, produced by Shonda Rhimes (Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal), and narrated in gossip-girl style by Dame Julie Andrews, the period drama, set in England in the early 1800s, follows the Bridgerton family and all the up-and-downs of their high society lives and romances. Settle back on your sofa, grab the Quality Street, and get inspired to plan a trip to explore the locations in Bath used as sets in the series.
Tucked away behind the Roman Baths you will find Pickled Greens shop and café which stands in for the Modiste – a dress shop key to the story. Filming took place inside and outside of the Grade II listed building which features traditional doubled fronted bay windows. Another part of Abbey Green was also used to stand in for Covent Garden.
No. 1 Royal Crescent
The exterior of No. 1 Royal Crescent is used for the home of the Featherington family. In the story Lady Featherington devotes her time to navigating her three daughters through the social season to find them suitable husbands. No. 1 Royal Crescent – due to reopen April 2021- is a museum which has been decorated and furnished just as it might have been in the late 1700’s. The rooms feature historic furniture and objects that reveal what life was like for Bath’s fashionable residents – both upstairs and downstairs.
One of Bath’s most iconic landmarks makes for an impressive back drop for filming, so you will not miss it when it appears in Bridgerton. The crescent – built between 1767 and 1775 - is arranged around a perfect lawn overlooking Royal Victoria Park and forms a sweeping crescent of 30 Grade I listed terraced houses.
Bath Street with its cobbled paving and striking line of colonnades running down each side appears in the first trailer for the show and is used for several street scenes. At the bottom of Bath Street lies the Cross Baths and Thermae Bath Spa and this area is known as the Spa quarter of Bath where the water bubbles up from the springs at a temperature of 46 degrees. Unadorned by shop signs and capturing eighteenth century Bath perfectly, Bath Street lends itself well to filming.
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Beauford Square and Trim Street
Beauford Square, used for more street filming, is a square of two-storey cottages built in 1730 to a design by John Strahan. The south side is formed by the original frontage to the Theatre Royal. In the centre was a communal garden. It is now a small rectangular lawn, enclosed with wrought iron railings. The interior of a shop on Trim Street, around the corner from Beauford Square also features in the series.
Bridgerton promises to be full of high-society events and lavish balls, where the characters dance and socialise under the watchful eye of the entire town. The Tea Room and Ball Room of the Assembly Rooms make a perfect grand backdrop for the sumptuous ball scenes full of glamourous and vivacious costumes and hairstyles. Once the social epicentre of Georgian Bath, the rooms are still in use for functions and conferences, and you can visit them when they are not in use. Grand and elegant, the Assembly Rooms are home to spectacular, original Whitefriars crystal chandeliers and the largest 18th century room in the city.
The Banqueting Room at the Guildhall was also used for ball scenes in the series. Centrally located, the Guildhall is an elegant Georgian venue, with grand staircases and elegant plasterwork. The Banqueting Room is a fine, highly decorated room with ornate gilding, historic paintings and soaring ceilings.
The exterior of the Holburne Museum was used for filming the entrance to one of the ball scenes in Bridgerton. On the impressive approach to The Holburne Museum, via the grandness of Great Pulteney Street, the building’s elegant façade and gardens provide an inkling of its grandeur and history. The Grade I listed building was originally designed and constructed as a hotel but is now home to a collection of fine and decorative art.