Riding on the coat tails of smash-hit period dramas like BBC’s Downtown Abbey and ITV’s Victoria, Netflix released its own romp through Regency England on Christmas Day 2020. Bridgerton is described as ‘Downton Abbey meets Gossip Girl’. It followed the eldest daughter of the wealthy Bridgerton family, Daphne, played by Phoebe Dynevor, as she comes of age and enters the fierce maelstrom of the London marriage market. Starring opposite her is Regé-Jean Page, who plays her love interest Simon Basset, the Duke of Hastings.
The period locations for the drama were filmed throughout England, but some key parts of the series were filmed here in Yorkshire.
Our Yorkshire Bridgerton Location’s Tour spends the morning exploring the wonderful stately home of Castle Howard set in wonderful landscaped grounds and gardens. In the Netflix series Castle Howard played Clyvedon Castle, the Duke of Hastings’ family estate. Once Daphne and Simon are married they retreat to Clyvedon Castle where a number of the more raunchy scenes are filmed both indoors and outdoors!
As well as a tour of the house with its wonderful artworks, sculptures and grand architecture, we will also take a walk around the landscaped gardens and visit some of the folly’s such as The Temple of the Four Winds.
We will take lunch at Castle Howard, before visiting the local estate village of Coneysthorpe which features as Clyvedon Village in the series. This quaint small village with its village green and stone cottages is a delight.
From here we will travel to the historic City of York. Whilst the series was not filmed in York, York is full of Recency and Georgian architecture, with crescents and grand civic buildings or large family homes, and was a key player as a destination for the wealthy during these times. York even had its own season where the wealthy would come from all around the UK to create family ties through the marriage of their daughters to eligible wealthy young (on not so young!) men.
With the growth of turnpike roads, it made travel between York and London much faster. So we will look at locations where the wealthy society patrons would have met and mixed. Places such as the Georgian Assembly Rooms, the theatre and grand houses all play their part in the story of this period. We will also tell the stories of the key York families such as the Fairfax family, The Scropes and the Carr’s and how they conducted themselves during this period.
With Bridgerton becoming Netflix’s 5th highest viewed series and a second season already commissioned, why not come and immerse yourself in some of the locations used for Season 1 and explore life in Recency York.