Where Was Bridgerton Filmed? 5 High-End TV Dramas and Where They Were Filmed
Updated: Apr 1
Want to know where some of your favourite series are filmed? Here’s a look at 5 high-end TV dramas and where they were filmed
High-end TV drama has taken over the UK in recent years, with numerous Netflix series coming out to accompany our Freeview favourites, shows such as Downtown Abbey, The Crown and Victoria all catch our attention, why's that? I think one of the main factors has to be the grand locations!
Drama series make use of some of the most beautiful locations, from medieval castles to cascading hills, however more often than not, the shows we watch aren’t actually filmed where the drama is set, Bridgerton is a great example of this...
Bridgerton filming locations
Bridgerton is one of the latest romantic period dramas to gain its way onto millions of screens across the UK, the period drama has taken the world by storm due to its compelling storyline, raunchy characters and most of all, the gorgeous locations as seen throughout, which are perceived to be filmed in London.
“Bridgerton follows Daphne Bridgerton, the eldest daughter of the powerful Bridgerton family as she makes her debut onto Regency London's competitive marriage market. Hoping to follow in her parents' footsteps and find a match sparked by true love.”
Bridgerton may well be set in early 19th century London but the actual filming locations can be found right across the UK:
Castle Howard: York, North Yorkshire
Following the marriage of Daphne and Simon, the couple settle into marriage in the fictional Clyvedon Castle. In reality, Castle Howard is a stately home in North Yorkshire, England, within the civil parish of Henderskelfe, located 15 miles north of York.
Whilst the interior scenes were shot at Wilton House, all the beautiful exteriors of the UK manor house were filmed at Castle Howard, a breathtaking UK manor house.
Ranger's House: Greenwich, London
The beautiful London mansion, home to the Bridgerton family, said to be in Grosvenor Square is actually a Georgian mansion, adjacent to Greenwich Park in the south-east of London.
Ranger House In reality was built in 1722 and is run by English Heritage. The Ranger House holds the Wernher Collection, a world-class art collection accumulated by 19th-century businessman, Sir Julius Wernher.
Painshill Park: Cobham, Surrey
As with many period dramas, families like to gather in scenic parks for morning strolls, the elegant park as seen throughout Bridgerton is none other than Surreys Painshill Park. In the series they mention this park being Primrose Hill.
Painshill Park is an 18th-century landscaped garden with follies, grottoes, waterwheel and vineyard, plus tearoom. It’s a popular tourist park in the Summer so why don’t you pop on your very best 19th century get up and go recreate some scenes.
Holburne Museum: Bath, Somerset
Another location posing as upper-class London, Lady Danbury’s estate can be found in the Sydney Pleasure Gardens, Somerset, under the name the Holburne Museum. The city's first public art gallery, the Grade I listed building, is home to fine and decorative arts built around the collection of Sir William Holburne.
Royal Crescent: Bath, Somerset
The second location featuring in the Historic city of Bath homes the location of the second most notable family in the loved must-see Netflix series, the Featherington’s. Once again being set in Grosvenor Square, London.
The Royal Crescent is a row of 30 grade 1-listed terraced houses laid out in a sweeping crescent in the city of Bath, England.
Poldark filming locations
Having become extremely popular in recent years Poldark’s locations are worth looking at, the beautiful destinations seen throughout the TV dramatisation of Winston Graham’s novels can be found throughout beautiful Cornwall.
“Ross Poldark returns home from the American War of Independence to find his father has died, his estate is in ruins and his sweetheart Elizabeth Chynoweth is engaged to his cousin Francis Poldark”
The main town featured in the loved series near St Austell is a beautiful one, the port itself is grade 2-listed. One of the most notable scenes from series one filmed here was Verity Poldark and Captain Andrew Blamey eloping, much to the consternation of her family.
Charlestown is a village and port on the south coast of Cornwall, United Kingdom, and in the civil parish of St Austell Bay. The port at Charlestown developed in the late-18th century from the fishing village of West Polmear.
Yes, the infinite Bodmin Moor was used in Poldark. Bodmin Moor is a granite moorland in northeastern Cornwall, England. Being around 208 square km in size this land offers great variety for filming locations. It includes Brown Willy, the highest point in Cornwall.
It was the village of Minions on the south side of the moor that was used in several scenes in series one. The well known rugged moorland and rock formations feature features in a number of horseback scenes between Trenwith and Nampara
Poldark features numerous vast and beautiful beaches and cliffs that we can’t name them all, but let’s look at Holywell Bay as it’s one of my favourites. Located just off the town of Holywell, the bay can be seen throughout Poldark.
The Bay is a national trust owned location and was obtained through their permission. Most of the large sweeping wides found in series two can be pinpointed towards Holywell Bay.
Another National Trust location, Levant Mine found in Pendeen, near St Just has the world's only Cornish beam engine still operated by steam on its original site. There are numerous old mines along the coast of Cornwall but this has to be one of the best which is why Poldark decided to film a major scene in series two there.
Peaky Blinders filming locations
“Peaky Blinders is an epic following a gangster family of Irish Traveller origin set in Birmingham, England, in 1919, several months after the end of the First World War in November 1918.”
These locations mentioned are all accessible for visit so what’re you waiting for.
As far as season six goes, one of the major locations to be seen is the small town of Portsoy. The town has undergone a major transformation by the BBC. The town has had a facelift from the 17th century to the 20th.
Portsoy is a town in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Portsoy is located on the Moray Firth coast of northeast Scotland, 50 miles northwest of Aberdeen and 65 miles east of Inverness.
Victoria Baths, Manchester
Seen in Peaky Blinders, Victoria Baths is a Grade II* listed building, in the Chorlton-on-Medlock area of Manchester, in northwest England.
The Baths originally opened to the public in 1906 and cost just over £59,000 to build. A recent restoration started in 2007 to bring the building back to life. Currently, the building is used to hold events such as weddings.
Admiral Grove and Powis Street, Liverpool
Home to Ringo Starr's childhood home, Admiral Grove gives that authentic feeling to the loved series, if you want to feel like a true peaky blinder these are the areas you need to visit.
Visit these areas and you’ll be transported back to the 1920s with small winding alleyways in-between terraced housing. The tiny lanes serve as Shelby’s turf in Small Heath.
The Queen's Gambit
The story itself is fictional and drawn from the 1983 coming-of-age novel of the same name by Walter Tevis, who died in August of 1984.
Even though being set in Kentucky America, I wanted to include this one because the bulk of the filming actually took place in Europe, specifically Berlin. The series takes you all over the globe but with Berlin’s interior design being very flexible this was the perfect place to film.
“The Queen's Gambit follows the life of an orphan chess prodigy, Elizabeth Harmon, during her quest to become the world's greatest chess player while struggling with emotional problems and drug and alcohol dependency.”
Max Taut School, Rummelsburg
The fictional Henry Clay High School was actually a grammar school in Berlin-Rummelsburg. One of the major locations to pose as Kentucky but is actually Berlin. The school was built in 1927-1932 by German architect Max Taut and was one of the largest schools in the Weimar Republic.
In conjunction with the Max Taut School, Schweizerhof-Grundschule Primary school was used to fill the gaps where needed. The two schools are within driving distance of each other so made to be great for production.
Schulzendorf Castle, Brandenburg district
Set to be the fictional Methuen orphanage home, the Schulzendorf castle actually dates back to 1889 and is located in the Brandenburg district which is just on the outskirts of Berlin.
One part of the building did have to be digitally reworked for Methuen Home, the Renaissance-esque tower. Schloss Schulzendorf is a Berlin-based manor house, located in the Brandenburg district of Dahme-Spreewald in Schulzendorf.
Stralau Village Church
During the first half of the series when we’re learning about Beth’s backstory we see an iconic Berlin church nestled away in the trees. The Stralau Village Church can be dated all the way back to the 15th century with some restoration being made just before the second world war.
Humana Secondhand & Vintage Store
Another location perceived to be in Kentucky but yet again Berlin is the Vintage store as seen throughout the series. The Humana vintage store is a known brand attracting people from around the country.
Only the interior scenes in the Netflix series were filmed at Humana, the exterior shots were in Toronto. There’s also a Humana in London although no filming took place there.
A small village just outside of Berlin, we saw this location feature a few times during Beth’s flashback periods with her mother. Another location set to be in Kentucky but ultimately Germany based, the picturesque lake made for great viewing.
Ted Lasso filming locations
Quite different from other dramas on our list, Ted Lasso hit our screens late last year on Apple TV, but with some cool locations, I thought it was worth a quick mention.
“Jason Sudeikis as Ted Lasso, an American football coach who led the Wichita State Shockers to a Division II National Collegiate Athletic Association Championship. He is hired to coach AFC Richmond, an association football team.”
Hayes & Yeading United Football Club: Beaconsfield Road
Set to be the training ground of AFC Richmond, the real-life ground is that of Hayes and Yeading FC. Their home ground, Beaconsfield Road, is conveniently next to West London Studios, where much of Ted Lasso is filmed.
Crystal Palace Football Club: Selhurst Park Stadium
AFC Richmonds fictional Nelson Road, aka the “dog pound” is actually the recognisable home ground to Crystal Palace. Selhurst Park has been Crystal Palace's home ground since 1924 and is famous for possessing one of the best atmospheres in the Premier League.
I hope you enjoyed this look at 5 High-End TV Dramas and Where They Were Filmed!
I realise that a lot of locations within these dramas were not mentioned, if you would like us to write about one show in particular we can go over ALL of the locations used.