With the period drama Bridgerton debuting on Netflix on Christmas Day, people are bound to be swept away by the beauty of Bath in England, which is famous for its exquisite Roman and Georgian architecture.
Based on the best-selling books by Julia Quinn and narrated by Dame Julie Andrews, the period drama is set in the early 1800s and follows the Bridgerton family and their high society lives and romances. Once you get seduced by the series, you may be inspired to plan a trip to explore these locations in Bath that appear in it.
One of Bath’s most iconic landmarks makes for an impressive backdrop for filming, so you won't 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.
No. 1 Royal Crescent
The exterior of No. 1 Royal Crescent is used for the home of the Featherington family. In real life, it's a museum that has been decorated and furnished just as it might have been in the late 1700s, and is due to reopen in April 2021. The rooms feature historic furniture and objects that reveal what life was like for Bath’s fashionable residents – both upstairs and downstairs.
You'll find Pickled Greens shop and café tucked away behind the Roman Baths, which stands in for the Modiste – a dress shop that's key to the story. Filming took place inside and outside of the Grade 2-listed building, which features traditional double-fronted bay windows. Another part of Abbey Green was also used to stand in for Covent Garden.
Bath Street has cobbled paving and a striking line of colonnades running down each side, and it 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, where water bubbles up from the springs at a temperature of 46 degrees.
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. There used to be a communal garden in the center, which is now a small rectangular lawn enclosed by wrought iron railings. Around the corner from Beauford Square, the interior of a shop on Trim Street also features in the series.
The Tea Room and ballroom at the Assembly Rooms make a perfect grand backdrop to the sumptuous ball scenes, filled with people with glamorous and vivacious costumes and hairstyles. Once the social epicenter 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 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 museum, via 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.
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