A Bridgerton-inspired TOUR OF Bath
You’ve seen the Netflix hit, now stop off at five key filming spots to connect further with the period drama…
The Holburne Museum was used in one of the ball scenes in Bridgerton, its elegant façade deemed a suitable entry for Lady Danbury’s home, the Duke of Hastings’ aunt, where a night of high glamour, intrigue and excitement unfolded.
This Grade I listed building houses an eclectic art collection, from a 17th century sculpture of Venus by Antonio Susini to works by landscape master Thomas Gainsborough, who lived in Bath. The museum, which acts as a showcase for the art collection of 19th century naval officer Sir William Holburne, also features Golden-Age Dutch works and portrait miniatures. holburne.org
Bath Assembly Rooms
Bridgerton is characterised by its high-society events and lavish balls, where men and women dance and socialise under the watchful eye of the entire town as the elusive narrator, Lady Whistledown, elaborates on their private affairs. In Jane Austen’s day, the Bath Assembly Rooms were a social hub, and it’s the largest 18th-century room in the city, its centrepiece being the original Whitefriars crystal chandeliers, which are still intact. While still in use for functions and conferences, you can visit them when not in use and imagine yourself as the belle of the ball. Don’t forget to visit the fashion museum in the basement, where you’ll find pieces including Regency-era silk robes and embroidered coats. assemblyrooms.co.uk; fashionmuseum.co.uk
Beauford Square & Trim Street
A square of two-storey cottages dating back to 1730 with a small rectangular lawn in the middle, Beauford Square’s quaint Georgian ambience caught the production team’s eye, and it’s used as the backdrop to street filming on Bridgerton. While you can’t visit the lawn, the buildings make for a cool photo opportunity. Nearby, No 12 Trim Street, which is a beauty salon and hairdressers, acted as Gunter’s Tea Shop in the hit series: the film crew were undoubtedly impressed by its gorgeous double bay window. It’s here where Simon and Daphne have afternoon tea together… and engage in some serious flirtation.
Situated behind the Roman Baths is one of the city’s most popular cafes, which serves up Dusty Ape coffee, brewed in small batches in nearby Wiltshire, from its central location. The café, which is housed in a Grade II listed building, had a starring role as the Modiste dress shop in the drama. Debutantes came for their dress fittings with a side order of gossip from owner Genevieve Delacroix, who must steer the rumours away from her own private life when she embarks on a relationship with Benedict Bridgerton. abbeydeli.com
No 1 Royal Crescent
The exterior of No 1 Royal Crescent, the first house of Bath’s sweeping curve of 30 Grade I listed terraced houses, is used as the Featherington’s home. One of Bridgerton’s key families, many a story line is generated by Lady Featherington’s three daughters, whom she is determined to find husbands for as quickly as possible. Tourists can step inside No 1 and visit its museum, which showcases Regency-era clothing and furniture in keeping with the pieces on show in the series. royalcrescent.co.uk