TRAVEL: 20 FABULOUS UK FILM AND TV LOCATIONS TO VISIT POST LOCKDOWN

With all of us guilty of some box set binging over the last few months why not make a road trip to visit see in real life where some of your favourite TV shows were filmed, when lockdown ends.

We’ve compiled 20 famous film and TV locations as well as 20 wonderful days out around the UK for you to enjoy in 2021.

1          Bridgerton 2020 and Castle Howard, Yorkshire

Bridgerton is officially Netflix’s biggest ever series with over 82 million households watching to date. It was partly filmed in Yorkshire, with Castle Howard and Coneysthorpe featuring as Clyvedon Castle and village, the Duke of Hastings’ family estate. Castle Howard, has been the home of the Carlisle branch of the Howard family for more than 300 years. King Ralph (1991) and Brideshead Revisited (1981 and 2008) were also filmed here.  *Syon Park in West London, London home of the Duke of Northumberland has also been a location for Bridgerton*.  More information on visiting Castle Howard at: https://www.castlehoward.co.uk/

2          Les Misérables 2013 and The Old Royal Naval College, London

Despite being set in France, the film of Les Misérables was almost entirely shot in England. The Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, London doubled as revolutionary Paris 1832 and saw many of the film’s most dramatic scenes including the funeral of Lamarque. Other films shot here include: The Golden Compass (2007),  Gulliver’s Travels (2010), The Wolfman (2010), The King’s Speech (2011)Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011), The Dark Knight Rises (2012), Skyfall (2012)Les Misérables (2012) and Cinderella (2015). More information at https://ornc.org/

3          Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001) and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) and Alnwick Castle, Northumberland

Magical Alnwick Castle in Northumberland, home to the famous Percy family for over 700 years, is the location for Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the first two Harry Potter films.  The Castle runs daily film location tours, historical tours and fun family activities including broomstick training medieval craft making, hands-on historical re-enactments and themed Harry Potter weekends. Other films and TV series to have been located here include Transformers (2016), Downton Abbey (Christmas specials) (2014 and 2015), the Hollow Crown (2016), Robin Hood Prince of Thieves and many more. More information at http://alnwickcastle.com

4          Alice in Wonderland 2010 and Antony House, Cornwall

Film director Tim Burton chose Antony House in Cornwall to shoot his fantasy film, Alice in Wonderland. He was looking for “a perfect, pocket-sized mansion; something beautifully symmetrical, with intimate interiors, wide views and landscaped gardens.” Some of the magic from the film is still here, including a larger-than-life caterpillar who sits smoking a hookah pipe on the lawn. Or you can find the ‘rabbit hole’, which leads to an over-sized garden where you suddenly feel like you’ve shrunk. After you’ve done battle over a game of croquet or on a giant chessboard, you can explore the house and also ‘Alice’s’ bedroom – you might recognise it from the film. Visitor information here: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/antony

5          Dr Who (2011 and 2014) and Caerphilly Castle, Wales

The magnificent Caerphilly Castle in Wales was built in the 13th century by one of Henry III’s most powerful barons. It has appeared in several episodes of Dr Who starring Peter Capaldi. BBC adventure drama Merlin was located here, and the castle also doubled as a monastery in “The Rebel Flesh” and “The Almost People”.  More information at https://cadw.gov.wales/visit/places-to-visit/caerphilly-castle

6          Pride and Prejudice (2005) and Chatsworth House, Derbyshire

In the film of Pride and Prejudice, Chatsworth House in Derbyshire was used as Pemberley, the residence of Mr Darcy. You may recognise the grand staircase and ceiling of the Painted Hall where Lizzie and the Gardiners start their tour of Pemberley. The Sculpture Gallery was used in the scene where Lizzie Bennet sees the bust of Mr Darcy, and his housekeeper describes his many good qualities.  More information at https://www.chatsworth.org/

7          Notting Hill (1999) and Kenwood House, Hampstead Heath, London

Kenwood House in Hampstead Heath in London is set in 74 acres and is easily accessible from the city centre, making it a very popular film location. This wonderful period house was used as the filming set for the fictional filming set Anna (Julia Roberts) worked on during the film. Today, the film set can be visited. It’s curated by English Heritage, and its picturesque location in Hampstead Heath makes a wonderful day trip from London. Other films and TV series located here include 101 Dalmatians, William and Mary and Mansfield Park. Visitor information at https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/kenwood

8          The Village (2013 and 2014) and Lyme Park, Cheshire

The Village was a Bafta nominated BBC TV drama set in a Derbyshire village and followed the turbulent lives of the residents across the 20th Century. Part of series two of The Village was filmed at Lyme Park, a National Trust owned country house where staff and volunteers worked alongside the film crew for several weeks.  Well known cast members included John Simm, Maxine Peake, Jim Cartwright, Joe Duttine and a young Phoebe Dynevor (Daphne in Bridgerton). The exterior of the Lyme Park was also used as the exterior of Pemberley, home of Mr. Darcy in the 1995 TV series of Pride and Prejudice. Many will remember the scene where Colin Firth as Darcy emerges from Lyme Park’s lake in a dripping white shirt. More information on visiting here: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lyme

9        Downton Abbey (2010 – 2015) and Highclere Castle, Hampshire

Highclere Castle is a splendid, stately home in Hampshire, owned by the earls of Carnarvon. The castle has more than 200 rooms and stands within 1,060 acres It gained worldwide fame as the setting for the television series and film of Downton Abbey. The last episode was seen by over 180 million people! You can visit and relive every scene: glide down the grand oak staircase like Lady Mary did on her wedding day, sit at Jackdaws Castle where Lady Edith so often found herself and take in the magnificent state dining room The Castle offers general admission days, guided tour days and special events throughout 2021. Find out more at https://highclerecastle.co.uk

10        Macbeth (2015 and 1971) and Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland

Bamburgh Castle featured in the 1971 and 2015 films of Macbeth and is a hugely imposing fortress sitting on a high cliff on the northerly coast of Northumberland overlooking the vast sands of Bamburgh beach and the North Sea coast. Other films located here include: The BFG (2016), Elizabeth (1998), Transformers: The Last Knight, Robin of Sherwood (1984 – 1986), Mary Queen of Scots (1971) and Ivanhoe (1982). Visitor information at https://www.bamburghcastle.com/

11        Cranford (2007) TV series and the village of Lacock in Wiltshire

Not exactly a stately home as such, but a visit to the picturesque village of Lacock is certainly a full day out with many different filming locations to spot, including the bakery and the cobblers in the TV series Cranford, as well as the street scene for Christmas at Cranford. Also located in Lacock is Harry Potter’s parents’ house in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, and the ford cavalry scene in The White Princess. Lacock Abbey courtyard forms part of a key scene in The Other Boleyn Girl (2008) and The Red Lion doubled as The Assembly Rooms in the BBC TV drama of Pride and Prejudice (1995). Information on visiting Lacock at https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lacock-abbey-fox-talbot-museum-and-village/features/a-historic-village-with-a-modern-community

12        Game of Thrones (2011) and Doune Castle, Scotland

A variety of locations have been used to create Winterfell in Game of Thrones, but Doune Castle in the village of Doune, Stirling was the first. The Scottish castle was used for exterior shots and the great feast held when Robert Baratheon arrived in the pilot episode. It is probably one of Scotland’s most well-known film locations, appearing in Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), Outlander (2009) and Ivanhoe (1952 and 1996). In the Monty Python film, Doune Castle stood in for nearly every different castle featured in the film so was filmed from many different angles, both inside and out.  The exterior supplies the walls of Guy de Loimbard’s castle, from which the knights are taunted by the French guard and the interior was “Castle Anthrax” where Sir Galahad (Michael Palin) is rescued from Zoot. More information here:  https://www.historicenvironment.scot/visit-a-place/places/doune-castle/

13        Wolf Hall 2015 and Montacute House in Somerset

Montacute House is described as “a masterpiece of Elizabethan Renaissance architecture and design, with towering walls of glass, glowing ham stone and surrounding garden.” This house was extensively used in the BBC’s adaptation of Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel’s award-winning historical novel, starring as Greenwich Palace, the main London residence of Henry VIII (Damian Lewis) and the site of Anne Boleyn’s arrest.  The grounds of Montacute House were used for Henry’s jousting sequences. Montacute House has previously been seen in major films The Libertine (2004) and Sense and Sensibility (1995). More information at https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/montacute-house

14        Killing Eve (2020) and *Syon Park, London

Can you spot London’s Syon Park in Killing Eve?  For over 50 years,  Syon House and Gardens in West London have featured in an array of films and television programmes. The unique historic buildings and interiors, landscaped gardens and parkland have set the scenes for popular recent films such as: Killing Eve and Bridgerton (2020), as well as Belgravia (2020), Vanity Fair (2018) Harlots (series 3) 2019, and Disney’s Maleficent (2014). Visitor information at https://www.syonpark.co.uk/

15        The Madness of King George (1994) and Arundel Castle

Arundel Castle is a restored and remodelled medieval castle in Arundel, West Sussex, England. It was established by Roger de Montgomery on Christmas Day 1067. The castle was damaged in the English Civil War and then restored in the 18th and 19th centuries. Arundel Castle doubled for Windsor Castle in the 1994 film The Madness of King George and was also a location for the 2009 film The Young Victoria. The BBC filmed extensively at the castle and its grounds in 1988 for the Doctor Who serial Silver Nemesis, where it doubled for Windsor Castle. More recently it has been the location for the film Wonder Woman (2017). More information at https://www.arundelcastle.org/

16        Shakespeare in Love (1998) and Broughton Castle

Broughton Castle is a moated and fortified manor house near Banbury in North Oxfordshire. The core of the house was built in 1306 and the gatehouse in the early fifteenth century, but most of what you see today dates from the 1550’s.  It was one of the main locations for the film Shakespeare in Love and doubled as Viola de Lesseps’ (Gwyneth Paltrow) family home. The dance, where Will first meets Viola de Lesseps, is the Broughton Castle’s Great Hall, while it’s in the Oak Room that Lord Wessex (Colin Firth) informs Viola she is to be married. Broughton Castle has been the scene of a wide range of film shoots including Jane Eyre (2011), The Madness of King George (1994) and Three Men and a Little Lady (1987). More information at https://www.broughtoncastle.com/

17        The Imitation Game (2014) and Bletchley Park

Bletchley Park is an English country house and estate in Milton Keynes that became the principal centre of Allied code-breaking during the Second World War. Bletchley is now a popular heritage attraction and museum as well as the location for several well-known films and documentaries. The Imitation Game, Oscar winning film starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley as Second World War codebreakers, was filmed partly on location here. The interior of the real Bletchley Park is seen during the bar scenes, filmed in the house’s ballroom. Props and costumes used in the film can be seen here. More information at https://bletchleypark.org.uk/

18        Bond Movies: Golden Eye (1995) and Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) and Somerset House, London

The imposing square of Somerset House on the Strand, London is used to portray a square in St Petersburg in the film Goldeneye (1995). The spectacular neo-classical building, surrounding a vast courtyard tucked away between the Strand and the River Thames, used to function as the registry of births, marriages and deaths. Somerset House later became the ‘Ministry of Defence’ in Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) and can also be seen in Sleepy Hollow (1999) (as turn-of-the-century ‘Manhattan’), as the exterior of ‘Devonshire House’ in historical biopic The Duchess (2008) with Keira Knightley; and as ‘Buckingham Palace’ in King Ralph (1991). More information at https://www.somersethouse.org.uk/

19        Victoria and Abdul (2017) Osborne, Isle of Wight

Osborne is the palatial former holiday home of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, located on the Isle of Wight. You can explore the magnificent state rooms that were used to entertain heads of states, stroll in the grounds and gardens and see Victoria and Albert’s bathing beach. Osborne appears in a large part of the film Victoria and Abdul and is the only one of Queen Victoria’s homes to be used as a location.  It was also the first time that Osborne’s interiors were used as a location for a feature film. The Indian inspired Durbar Room with its elaborate ceiling designed by Lockwood Kipling is just one of the rooms to appear on screen, along with the opulent yellow drawing room and the stunning Grand Corridor. The Italianate architecture of the house and its extensive grounds and views are also showcased. More information at https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/osborne/

20        Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) and Dover Castle

Dover Castle is a medieval castle situated on the top of the White Cliffs of Dover. It was founded in the 12th century and has been described as ‘The Key to England’ due to its defensive significance throughout history. It is the largest castle in England and boasts and extensive network of underground tunnels. Avengers: Age of Ultron is a follow up to the award-winning Avengers Assemble (2012) set in the Marvel Universe. Dover Castle was used as part of the interior for the Hydra Outpost in Sovokia and you will spot the entrance to the wartime tunnels that is used a secret entrance. Dover Castle is a popular film location having featured in Into the Woods (2015), Poirot “The Clocks” (2009), The Other Boleyn Girl (2008), Hamlet (1990) and Summerland (2020). More information at https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/dover-castle/

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