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Regency gardens to visit for a Bridgerton experience

Published: March 25, 2022 at 12:16 pm

With season two of Bridgerton hitting our screens, we’ve rounded up some beautiful regency gardens and landscapes to visit to make you feel as though you’re attending an early nineteenth century garden party

Bridgerton season two is now on Netflix. To celebrate, why not book to visit a beautiful garden?

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In what period is Bridgerton set?

Bridgerton is set in the early 1800s, the end of the Georgian period which is often referred to as the Regency era. Although set in a world with a fictional royal family, the style evokes the Regency time period in which it is set. Think Jane Austen fashion and meandering walks through the grounds of beautiful stately homes.

Regency Gardens

Gardens created at the end of the Georgian period contained many features inspired by things seen on the European Grand Tour such as lakes, grottos, temples and shrubberies. If watching the show has given you a hankering for some beautiful gardens then look no further.

Visit these Regency gardens for a true Bridgerton experience

Painshill Park

Painshill in Surrey was first established in the eighteenth century and many of the original features were created then. The Five Arch Bridge is not to be missed, as scenes from Bridgerton season one were filmed here. While promenading around Painshill, be sure to visit The Crystal Grotto where ten thousand crystals sparkle as they reflect the lake water.

Painshill Park
© Painshill

Wilton House Estate

Wilton House in Wiltshire also featured as a location on season one of Bridgerton. The grounds and house open at certain times throughout the year, and it’s certainly worth paying a visit. Features include a Palladian Bridge and rose gardens.

Hampton Court Palace Gardens

Hampton Court Palace in London boasts sixty acres of formal gardens to explore alongside seven hundred and fifty acres of parkland. Although many of the gardens were established much before the nineteenth century, it is certainly worth a visit to feel as though you’re a member of the Georgian gentry. The Wilderness was tidied up in the early 1800s and planted with small flowering shrubs and woodland trees. What's more, Hampton Court will feature as a location in season two of Bridgerton, most notably to film exteriors of Queen Charlotte's residence.

Hampton Court Palace
Hampton Court Palace - The South Front and Privy Garden © Historic Royal Palaces

Badminton House Gardens

The gardens at Badminton, Gloucestershire, can be viewed on private tours. Highlights include the Shell Garden and the Walled Garden.

Stowe Park

Stowe Park in Buckinghamshire, which also appeared in season one of Bridgerton, showcases Georgian gardening on a grand scale with two hundred and fifty acres of gardens to explore. Managed by the National Trust, they recommend taking a circular walk around the Grecian Valley or visiting the Eastern Gardens to take in some of the park’s famous temples and monuments. The Temple of Venus, which appeared in the hit Netflix show, is not to be missed.

The Temple of Venus, Stowe © National Trust Images/ Andrew Butler

Antony

The landscape at Antony, Cornwall, was designed by the famous landscape designer Humphry Repton, making it well worth a visit if you want to dive into the world of the early nineteenth century. Features include the Knot Garden and the Walled Garden.

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The terraces, Antony House © National Trust Images/ James Dobson

Ashridge

Ashridge Estate in Hertfordshire was used to film some horse riding scenes for season two of Bridgerton. Set in an area of outstanding natural beauty, Ashridge would make a perfect day out for a long walk, or a horseback ride if you'd like to follow in the steps of Anthony Bridgerton.

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