Where was Bridgerton filmed in Bath?
Bath is the only city in the UK to be designated a World Heritage Site in its entirety by Unesco. The Bridgerton series was partly filmed in this incredible setting, home to some of the finest architectural buildings in Europe. Tootbus offers you the opportunity to discover this historic city at your own pace on the Bath Discovery tour.
Founded by the Romans as a spa, Bath became an important centre of the wool industry in the Middle Ages. In the 18th century, under George III, it developed into an elegant city with Palladian neoclassical buildings, which blend harmoniously with the Roman baths. In 2021, Bath received a second outstanding UNESCO inscription as part of the Great Spa Towns of Europe.
The city has been the location for several films and series, such as Les Miserables, The Duchess, Vanity Fair, Sherlock and Belgravia. One of Bath's great starring roles as a film location is Bridgerton. The series, based on the novels by Julia Quinn, is a period drama set in the Regency era.
Produced by Shonda Rhimes, narrator Julie Andrews tells the story of the eight closely related Bridgerton siblings who seek love and happiness in London's high society. The second season of the American series arrives on Netflix on 25 March 2022. Through this series, we invite you to discover our top 5 of the main monuments of Bath:
- Royal Crescent
- Abbey Green
- Bath Street
- The Assembly Rooms
- Holburne Museum
One of Bath's most famous landmarks is the Royal Crescent. Built between 1767 and 1774, this imposing Georgian building is considered one of the finest achievements of 18th century urban architecture. The building hosts a row of terraced houses set around a huge lawn.
House 1 was the first to be built. Originally, this house provided luxury accommodation for aristocratic visitors who came to the baths and enjoyed the social season. In the series, number 1 Royal Crescent is used as the stately home of the Featherington family, which is fictitiously located in Grosvenor Square in London. Today, 1 Royal Crescent is a museum decorated and furnished in the style of a 1700s Georgian house.
In the heart of Bath, Abbey Green is located near the Abbey. The cobbled streets and quaint shops of Abbey Green make it a dream location for the filming of Bridgerton. This picturesque square, irregularly shaped with a tree at its centre, is used extensively in season one of Bridgerton. As such, Abbey Green is used as a backdrop - with additional market stalls - for shopping and walking.
The fictional Modiste clothing shop where the characters dress is filmed in a café called The Abbey Deli. You can visit the café every day for tea and a slice of cake.The scenes set in the interior of this shop for Bridgerton, not just the front. Owned by the famous dressmaker Genevieve Delacroix, the Modiste shop is a hotbed of style and gossip and is the setting for several key scenes in the series. If you're a fan of the show, you can expect to put on your best clothes and stroll around the square, before having lunch and shopping in true Bridgerton style.
Bath Street features in the very first episode of Bridgerton, when Simon Basset, the Duke of Hastings, makes his heart-stopping appearance on horseback. Although it doubles as a Mayfair street in London, this Georgian street is actually the location of Bath's must-see venue, Thermae Bath Spa, an award-winning spa featuring the 18th century Cross Bath and an open-air rooftop pool.
The Assembly Rooms
Much of Bridgerton's scandalous plot revolves around the great social events, where high society gathers to party, mediate and fall in love, much to the delight of gossip columnist extraordinaire, Lady Whistledown. Most of these events are filmed in the Assembly Rooms, once the social epicentre of Georgian Bath.
In the 18th century, people met here to dance, play cards, drink tea and chat. With its Whitefriars crystal chandeliers, the tea room and ballroom provide an elegant backdrop for ballroom scenes.
The Assembly Rooms can be hired for events such as receptions and conferences. You can also visit them for free when they are not in use.
The famous fashion museum is also located in the Assembly Rooms (open daily, admission charge), as well as a friendly café and a carefully selected gift shop with a wide range of fashion books.
In Bridgerton, the Holburne Museum appears as the property of Lady Danbury in episode 1 of series 1. The exterior of this 18th century mansion appears in a scene where Simon is discussing with Lady Danbury whether he will attend the ball that evening.
This Grade I listed building was built in 1799 as the Sydney Hotel and was the city's first public art gallery. It now houses the eclectic art collection of Sir William Holburne, a wealthy 19th century naval officer who founded the museum.
The museum also has its own Garden Café, which opens onto the historic Sydney Gardens and is the perfect place to relax after exploring the interior. The Garden Café serves fresh and delicious seasonal cuisine and has won a Restaurant and Bar Design Award, showing that inspiring design is not limited to the museum's exhibition halls.
Discover the other Bridgerton film locations in London on one of our Tootbus tours. You will have the opportunity to see Buckingham Palace, Lancaster House, the Reform Club, Greenwich Park and many more.