The Real Bridgerton: Inside the Stately Homes and Palaces of Regency England with Dr. Oliver Cox

The Real Bridgerton: Inside the Stately Homes and Palaces of Regency England with Dr. Oliver Cox


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Join country house historian Dr. Oliver Cox for a virtual tour of the glamorous stately homes and beautiful townhouses featured in the hit Netflix series, Bridgerton.

Since its release on Christmas Day, Bridgerton has captured the attention of more than 63 million viewers around the world. Based on the novels by Julia Quinn, the Netflix production follows debutante Daphne Bridgerton as she navigates ‘The Season’ in Regency London, eventually catching the eye of rakish Simon, Duke of Hastings, across a series of glamorous ballrooms and stunning stately homes.

Follow in Daphne and Simon’s footsteps to explore the real-life histories of Bridgerton’s locations. While the show is set almost entirely in London, Bridgerton’s cast and crew filmed at a wide variety of locations across England to capture the essence of the early nineteenth century.

We will start with the Bridgerton family home in London. The wisteria-draped exteriors belong to Ranger’s House in Greenwich, London, and the grand entrance hall and staircase were filmed at Halton House, Buckinghamshire.  Next, we will travel to Salisbury, Gloucestershire, and back to London to visit the multiple locations used to recreate the Duke of Hastings’s elegant residence. Clyvedon Castle, the Duke’s country estate, is better known in real life as Castle Howard in Yorkshire, and we will see this stately home and its stunning grounds. Queen Charlotte's St. James Palace, filmed in the glittering interiors of Lancaster House, one of very few surviving aristocratic townhouses in central London, features in our tour as do the streets of historic Bath where Regency London was recreated for the Netflix series.

Led by a leading historian of country houses, Dr. Oliver Cox, this interactive seminar will provide a perfect introduction for anyone who wants to know more about Bridgerton’s real-life locations and the brilliant architects and designers who created them. Designed to inform curiosity and future travels, participants will develop an insight into some of England’s most beautiful buildings and gorgeous gardens.

Dr. Oliver Cox is Heritage Engagement Fellow at the University of Oxford. He leads the University’s partnership work with the UK and international heritage community, and is co-lead of the Oxford University Heritage Network. He is a is a historian with particular interest in the social and cultural history of the country house, and received his undergraduate, masters and doctoral degrees from the University of Oxford. Oliver has published widely on topics including eighteenth-century landscape design and the position of the country house in modern Britain, lectured extensively across the USA, acts as a research and exhibitions consultant for a range of country houses, and is a trustee of a leading regional art gallery.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Judith Edmund (Frankfurt am Main, DE)
Very interesting

It was very interesting to see all the different places where Bridgerton was filmed. They must have put a lot of thought and money into filming locations. The lecture also provided general information about the Regency period.

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Patricia Turner (Decatur, US)
Great program!

I enjoyed the program very much. Dr. Cox did his research and presented it well. I hope he will continue searching for Bridgerton filming places when the series returns. Also, what about doing the same with the Jane Austen films!

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Nancy J Grayson (Austin, US)
Incomparable Comparisons!

By comparing the fictional Bridgerton sites with Netflix's film locations, Dr. Cox delivered a fascinating talk that interlaced history and film.

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Elisa Mulet (St. Petersburg, US)
I'm not even a Bridgerton Fan

I'm not even a Bridgerton fan but I am a fan of British stately homes and tourism in Britain. I thoroughly enjoyed Dr. Cox's review of the stately homes presented in the highly regarded Bridgerton series. The history behind the filming locations is fascinating and I hope to visit some of them as restrictions on travel ease.

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Based on 10 reviews
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Judith Edmund (Frankfurt am Main, DE)
Very interesting

It was very interesting to see all the different places where Bridgerton was filmed. They must have put a lot of thought and money into filming locations. The lecture also provided general information about the Regency period.

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Patricia Turner (Decatur, US)
Great program!

I enjoyed the program very much. Dr. Cox did his research and presented it well. I hope he will continue searching for Bridgerton filming places when the series returns. Also, what about doing the same with the Jane Austen films!

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Nancy J Grayson (Austin, US)
Incomparable Comparisons!

By comparing the fictional Bridgerton sites with Netflix's film locations, Dr. Cox delivered a fascinating talk that interlaced history and film.

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Elisa Mulet (St. Petersburg, US)
I'm not even a Bridgerton Fan

I'm not even a Bridgerton fan but I am a fan of British stately homes and tourism in Britain. I thoroughly enjoyed Dr. Cox's review of the stately homes presented in the highly regarded Bridgerton series. The history behind the filming locations is fascinating and I hope to visit some of them as restrictions on travel ease.

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