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Published February 16th 2021
Beautiful Bath in brilliant Bridgerton
A picture-perfect filmset right at your fingertips
Come to Bath and visit some of the glorious settings of the Netflix series Bridgerton. All Bath locations are in the city centre and can all be seen over a one hour stroll through the city. Waking is recommended, as many of the streets are pedestrianised. All are outdoors and can be conducted in a COVID secure, socially distanced manner! Huzzah!
Bridgerton announced itself with a flourish in December, and has become a Netflix smash! A sultry, stylish costume drama, it offers romance, raunch and sumptuous locations. Many of the finest places can be found in the Georgian city of Bath, and are everyday features of the beautiful city. A gentle, hour-long stroll will take you past the residence of the enigmatic Lady Danbury, the Featherington residence and all manner of street scene locations.
The series tells of the exploits of the Upper Class 'Ton', or well to do society of the time. A waspish and very astute social commentary of all the season is offered by the anonymous Lady Whistledown, who misses neither celebration nor scandal. If you wander along the streets surrounding Bath Abbey, you might even bump into Lady Whistledown herself!
No. 1 The Royal Crescent, the Featherington household in Bridgerton
Most of the scenes that feature life in London were filmed in Bath and the cinematographers have spliced together several places to create the scenes. Anybody who watches Bridgerton is immediately struck by the bright and almost glowing, colours, and the Bath 'honey' stone just adds to this. Every street in the city is built with it, and at certain times of day, the light makes it almost shine.
Stall Street- the scene of many strolls in the series.
As a UNESCO World Heritage site, Bath has been painstakingly (and lovingly) preserved. As such, it makes an ideal setting for any Georgian period drama. Most of the central city, built in the Regency style, was built over a brief 100 year period, during the reigns of four King George's. Bath is crammed with history, from street level up to the rafters. In fact, if you glance up, then it is easy to forget that you are n the 21st Century.
With a stunning Plane tree at its centre, Abbey green featured a lot in the series. It featured as a market place, meeting place of Elouise Bridgerton and Pen Featherington, and the site of a drunken singalong from Duke Simon. Although the shop frontage was cunningly concealed, you can immediately feel part of the scenery today.
An especially dramatic scene showed Daphne Bridgerton galloping along the Royal Crescent, hellbent on stopping a duel. This very impressive sweep of buildings also featured in many scenes shot fro carriages, in almost every episode. At sunset today, the crescent could almost have been back in Georgian times, such is the careful preservation that has gone into maintaining it.
If you have watched the show, then you might recognise the street in the image below. Showcased in many scenes outside cafes and the Modiste dressmakers, this is one of the most unchanged and authentic streets in Bath. Right down to the gaslamps and cobbled streets, it makes a perfect setting.
One of the grandest residences in the show is that of the charismatic Lady Danbury, who is the mentor to love interest Duke Simon. This building is actually the Holborne Museum and Art Gallery, situated just off Great Pulteney Street. With its fine facade and imposing frontage, it is one of the most impressive buildings in Bath.
Bath is often called a city of light and it is easy to see why. Both the pavements and the houses seem to reflect light, and they make for some imposing viewing. Of all times of day, I enjoy sunset with its tranquillity and calmness. The royal crescent looked stunning this evening. It also looks stunning in the show. Catch it now, on Netflix. Season 2 is already on its way!
The Sun setting on the cobbles of the royal crescent