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Welcome to the beginnings of a fansite about the UK’s most famous movie studio – Pinewood. Opened in 1936, after a number of fact-finding missions to Hollywood, Pinewood Studios comprises a number of soundstages (including the recently re-built 007 Stage used for spectacular action sequences in hundreds of movies since The Spy Who Loved Me in 1964) as well as an extensive backlot, and a large mansion house and gardens. Although there’s no public access to Pinewood , you can find out more on the excellent  official website .

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Heatherden Hall and Gardens

Now known as the Pinewood Studios admin block and as a wedding venue, Heatherden Hall has featured in countless Pinewood Studios productions. Date of construction: Unknown (before 1883)

  • Oak Ballroom, Pools Theatre, Boardrooms, Club Bar, Gardens

History of Pinewood Studios

??  Heatherden Hall, near the village of Iver in Buckinghamshire is built. Heatherden Hall is purchased by Lt. Col. Grant Morden, a Canadian financier, who transformed the mansion by adding a huge ballroom and Turkish bath.

1920s  Heatherden Hall became a retreat and private meeting place for politicians and diplomats.

1921  In November 1921 the Irish Free State Treaty was signed at the Hall (agreement to form the Irish Free State).

1931  British Pathe Newsreel about Heatherden Hall

1934  When Grant Morden died in 1934 the estate was purchased at auction by Charles Boot for £30,000 who had recently inherited a large construction firm from his father Henry Boot, who died in 1931. Within twelve months Charles Boot transformed Heatherden Hall into the office building for a new movie complex which occupied the grounds, a project Boot worked on with J.Arthur Rank. There are two main fronts to the mansion, one very formal 3 story entrance and another that is mostly seen in films. A conservatory has been added to this front where the door was. Along the side is the grand Ballroom. The house has extensive grounds with formal gardens and lakes, plants and features. There are many trees surrounding the manor which is where the name “Pinewood” originated from. The house has been featured in many British films, including The Amazing Mr Blunden, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, From Russia with Love (as the SPECTRE headquarters) and the Carry On films, and in such television series as One Foot in the Grave and Midsomer Murders.

1935  November – Construction starts on the Studios.

1936  30th September – The studios are officially opened.[2] The first production to take place at Pinewood was London Melody in 1936. The first complete production (from start to end) at Pinewood was Carol Reed’s Talk of the Devil. [2] There was a celebration to launch the studio on D Stage, where London Melody was starting shooting.

1947  A landmark year for the studio, with six major productionsat Pinewood, including Oliver Twist, directed by David Lean, and the £500,000 production of The Red Shoes.

1957  Pinewood celebrates it’s 21st birthday.

–  Link to Guardian article, September 30 1957

1962  The association of Pinewood Studios with James Bond began with the production of Dr. No.

1964  H Stage constructed specifically for the production of MCA TV shows.[1]

1969  J and K Stages built (both 110ft x 80ft) and L and M (105ft x 90ft),all four stages designed for the dual use of TV and film production. [1] Architect Michael Brown designed L & M stages.

1984  The 007 Stage is destroyed by fire during production on Ridley Scott’s epic fantasy Legend.

1985  The rebuilt 007 Stage is opened, and is renamed the “Albert R. Broccoli 007 Stage”

1996  The sixtieth anniversary of the opening of PInewood Studios passes without much celebration as the studio is too busy.

–  Link to Guardian article, September 30 1996

2006  30 July: The 007 Stage is again destroyed by fire just after Casino Royale wrapped. The seventieth anniversary of the studios is marked by Pinewood merging with Shepperton Studios.

2007  3rd April – The 007 Stage is rebuilt and enlarged to 59,000 square feet. 2nd November – The Queen and Prince Phillip visit Pinewood to officially open the new entrance area, and are treated to stunt demonstrations and tours.

2007   Project Pinewood unveiled – a residential expansion plan

2010  9th May – A commemorative blue plaque for Sir John Mills (1908 – 2005) is unveiled at Pinewood.

2012  23 April – The Richard Attenborough Stage is officially opened

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Top filming locations: Britain on screen

Take a walk in the footsteps of movie greats and uncover secrets of historic fortresses that set the backdrop for mighty film battles. Get ready to step into a world of film and TV locations across Britain. From Brighton’s shores to Scotland’s countryside taking a starring role in a new thrilling spy drama, there’s loads of movie magic to look forward to.

Whether you’re a movie buff seeking out the stories from the latest releases, or after that picture-perfect pose at the places that play host to your favourite TV show – Great Britain sets the scene to embark on a star-studded adventure.

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From Harry Potter to James Bond , Glencoe in the Scottish Highlands is a popular filming location in the UK. See it come to life in 2023 as Indian Jones returns to the big screen with  Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny .

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Bullring and Grand Central

This popular shopping and dining destination in  Birmingham  forms part of the backdrop for Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One starring Tom Cruise.

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Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury

Setting the scene for regal elegance in the likes of The Crown to Cinderella in 2021, Buckinghamshire’s Waddesdon Manor takes centre stage.

Filming locations to visit in Britain

Masters of the air.

From the creative minds of Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg comes this American war-based drama. Airing on Apple TV+ on January 26 2024, Masters of the Air is a TV series that depicts the story of the Eighth Air Force, known as the Mighty Eighth, and their fight against Hitler and Nazi Germany during the Second World War.

The real-life events that inspired the show took place historically across the East of England, specifically Norwich, Ely, Cambridge, Bury St Edmunds, and the the Broads National Park. Production and filming took place in Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, including the city of Oxford , with Austin Butler, Callum Turner and Anthony Boyle in starring roles.

Masters of the Air filming locations in Britain

Just past the northern reaches of the picturesque Chiltern Hills you’ll discover the Vale of Aylesbury . Its Old Quarter comes alive with history and heritage, from the Old County Hall in Market Square to St Mary’s Church. While nearby Waddesdon Manor is a real showstopper, a French Renaissance-style château built in the 1870s.

Abingdon–on–Thames

Look beyond Oxford, 6 miles south in fact, and you’ll uncover a hidden Oxfordshire gem, Abingdon-on-Thames . With a history from the Saxon era, it holds the title of England’s oldest continuously inhabited town. History buffs will love the late fifteenth century Abbey Gateway, while explorers can hop aboard a self-drive motorboat for a unique way to see this market town.

Didcot Railway Centre

Get an insider look at locomotives at Didcot Railway Centre . From spying Victorian steam powered machines to getting into the controls at The Signalling Centre, there’s over 200 years of railway history to discover. Hailed as the ‘Living Museum of the Great Western Railway’, join a Discovery Day for a journey through the original 1932 Engine Shed.

Masters of the Air historic locations, Norwich

Discover the historic locations behind the United States Eighth Air Force’s friendly occupation across Norwich and Norfolk during World War Two.

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Argylle is the hotly anticipated spy drama with some big names, including Henry Cavill, Bryce Dallas Howard, Bryan Cranston and English singer and songwriter Dua Lipa in her acting debut. Airing to audiences worldwide on 2 February 2024 via Apple TV+, the adaptation of the yet-to-be-released novel tells the story of a top-notch spy suffering from amnesia and his quest for revenge.

Argylle filming locations in Britain

Inveraray Castle

A fusion of modernity, baroque, Palladian and Gothic, Inveraray Castle was inspired by a sketch from the architect that brought Blenheim Palace and Castle Howard to Britain.

A view across the grounds of Inveraray Castle

Known for its white-water routes and appearances on the big screen, Glen Etive is an unmissable Scottish spot.

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West Wycombe Park

A jewel in the Chilterns, explore 45 acres of parkland around the Italianate villa, or discover Wycombe Village and Wycombe Hall for dramatic views and quaint lanes.

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Edinburgh’s Parliament Square

In the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town wander the cobbled pathways to discover Parliament Square. Part of the city’s iconic Royal Mile, you’ll find Parliament House which houses the Supreme Courts of Scotland.

From immersing yourself into life-size Monopoly, to swinging a club at mini golf and getting into eccentric art – cool Fitzrovia has you covered. Located in London’s bohemian Borough of Camden, its buzzing with bars and restaurants bursting with international flavours.

Kent and East Sussex Railway

Ride into heritage and history at the Kent and Sussex Railway . Follow the railway walk which lies on the fringes of the High Weald Area, or choose discover steam locomotives and diesel railcars at the railway museum.

A chocolate lovers paradise, Wonka reprises everyone’s favourite eccentric founder and creator, Willy Wonka. Played by Timothée Chalamet, the film was released in December 2023 and follows the young chocolatier and his adventures opening the world-renowned chocolate factory. British actors Olivia Colman and Rowan Atkinson also join the cast.

Wonka filming locations in Britain

A wellness retreat for the Romans and Georgian architecture around every corner.

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Lyme Regis and the Jurassic Coast

From fishing and fossil hunting to exhilarating boat tours, there’s heaps of ways to explore Lyme Regis and the Jurassic Coast.

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Mapledurham

Set around the banks of the River Thames, Mapledurham is a quaint village in Oxfordshire. From its historic watermill, to Mapledurham House, headquarters of the Mapledurham Estate , it’s played a starring role in many a film, including thriller The Eagle H as L anded.

Verulamium Park

Embark on a nature-infused exploration of 100 acres of parkland at St Albans’ Verulamium Park . A sanctuary in the cathedral city, it’s a hotbed for wildlife. Keen twitchers can spot birds across the ornamental lake, while walkers can enjoy part of the Ver River Trail. You can spy another Wonka filming location in St Albans at nearby Abbey Mill Lane.

The film of epic proportions that sees Joaquin Phoenix star as French leader Napoleon, kicked off its filming at Lincoln Cathedral, the historic building which celebrated 950 years of existence in 2022. Telling a tale of love and power, the movie follows the French military general during his rise to leadership. It was released in November 2023 on Apple TV+.

Napoleon f ilming locations in Britain

Blenheim Palace

Britain’s greatest palace is in the Cotswolds – the magnificent Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Winston Churchill.

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Lincoln Cathedral

An unmissable feat of architecture, Lincoln’s Cathedral has been towering over the city and county for over 950 years.

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Maritime Greenwich

Edge south of central London and you’ll find the historic borough of Greenwich, including free entry to the National Maritime Museum.

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Boughton House

A hidden treasure in Northamptonshire’s countryside, Boughton House is a fusion of British and French style. Inherited by the 1st Duke of Montagu in 1683, French architectural influences fill the once Tudor building. Visit now for house tours, from the King Tours to Beds, Books and Beyond, escorted by insightful guides revealing all the secrets of the house.

Indiana Jones 5

A movie franchise like no other, Harrison Ford returned in the summer of 2023 as the world’s favourite archaeologist come explorer. The fifth and final instalment in the saga sees Antonio Banderas and British actor Phoebe Waller-Bridge join the cast.

Indiana Jones 5 filming locations in Britain

Bamburgh castle.

Overlooking the golden sands of Bamburgh beach, this magnificent fortress is one of Britain’s biggest inhabited castles.

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Lindisfarne, Northumberland

This ‘holy island’ attracts pilgrims from all over the world: it’s a peaceful spot, cut off from the mainland at high tide.

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North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Travel back in time on a steam-powered train – between the market town of Pickering, and Whitby on the coast.

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St Vincent Street, Glasgow

One of Glasgow city’s main streets, St Vincent Street dates back to the early 1800s. Look out for The Union Bank of Scotland building, designed by architect James Miller, constructed between 1924 – 1927.

Leaderfoot Viaduct

A marvellous structural feat and historic landmark in the Scottish Borders, Leaderfoot Viaduct , also known as the Drygrange Viaduct, has been a part of the landscape since the 19th century. Originally built for the Berwickshire Railway to pass over the River Tweed, it stands 126 feet above the floor of the river valley and was eventually closed to passenger traffic in 1948.

Immersed within the Highland’s Lochaber Geopark, Glencoe mountains are the product of ancient glaciers and volcanic eruptions. Movie lovers will spot its notorious landscapes from James Bond to Harry Potter and now Indianna Jones . Adventures can take to the slopes for skiing, snowboarding and mountain biking. While on the water, look to hop in a kayak for a journey across Loch Leven.

Mission Impossible 7

In July 2023, Tom Cruise returned to his role as American spy Ethan Hunt for Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One , with English actors Simon Pegg and Vanessa Kirby joining the film series. Filming locations in Britain included Birmingham and the Peak District .

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The historic dockyard chatham.

Voyage to one of Britain’s docklands for a snippet of Georgian life.

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Peak District

For hikers, cyclists, horse riders and thrill seekers, the Peak District offers adventures galore.

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Stoney Middleton, Derbyshire

Iconic quaint limestone buildings, hidden winding lanes, rock climbing and stunning countryside make up the Peak District’s Stoney Middleton. Explore the village’s showstopper, an unusual octagonal church, or for a taste of adventure delve beneath the surface on a caving experience  a short drive away.

Grand Central, Birmingham

Used to depict an airport terminal in Mission Impossible 7, Birmingham’s Grand Central is a city hub. Along with the Bullring, it makes up the largest shopping destination in the city, with the likes of Selfridges, Treetop Adventure Golf and Indian and Vietnamese grub from Mowgli.

Empire of Light

A star-studded cast – including Olivia Colman, Michael Ward and Colin Firth – come together in Sam Mendes’ Empire of Light . Released in January 2023 in the UK, the film follows the relationship of cinema manager Hilary and new employee Stephen in Margate during the early 1980s.

Empire of Light filming locations in Britain  

From ice-cream parlours to sea food festivals, the ‘Garden of England’ is meant for discovery.

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A town with bags of charm, head to Margate for tasty seafood, charming indie shops and a world class art gallery.

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Transformed into the Empire Cinema for the film, the amusement park Dreamland in Margate sets the scene for multiple scenes. Get your skates on at the roller rink, up the adrenaline on the waltzers and look out for events bringing live music and festivals to the seaside town.

Worthing Pier

A part of Worthing’s coastline since 1862, Worthing Pier opened in 1862 and was designed by Sir Robert Rawlinson. The pier is now to home to an amusement arcade, Pavilion Theatre and bar, and is a popular spot for fishing. Venture out to the end of soaring sea views and unique look at Britain’s south coast .

My Policeman

Released in October 2022, director Michael Grandage – and actors including Harry Styles, Emma Corrin and Rupert Everett – bring a turbulent love affair set in 1950s Brighton to the screen. Based on the novel by Bethan Roberts, My Policeman explores homosexuality at a time where it was illegal in Britain.

My Policeman filming locations in Britain  

Brighton palace pier.

A waterfront playground with a whole lot of tales to tell, Brighton’s Palace Pier is a must-visit in the seaside city.

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Royal Pavilion

Visit this 19th-century seaside ‘pleasure palace’ in the heart of Brighton to discover its colourful history.

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The Dome Cinema

Explore this authentic Edwardian cinema in Worthing, along England’s southern coast and west of Brighton. The building first opened in 1911 and was originally used as an entertainment hall, including a roller-skating rink and theatre. Now it plays host to regular public film screenings – the perfect place to catch your favourite flick.

Peacehaven Cliffs

Stroll along the chalky cliffs of East Sussex for a unique coastal Britain experience. A hotbed for prehistoric nature relics, the Peacehaven Cliffs are a fossil hunters paradise. But look beyond the stories of its rocks for added adventure. Embark on part of the Greenwich Meridian Trail that follows a whopping 273-mile-long (439 km) route, and starts at the King George V monument on the cliff edge.

Hitchin Outdoor Pool

Eagle-eyed The Policeman fans will recognise Hitchin outdoor pool from a swimming scene between Harry Styles and Emma Corrin. Set amongst beautiful scenery, make a splash in the 50m heated outdoor pool which is open between May to September.

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Verulamium museum.

Embark on a Roman adventure at St Albans Verulamium Museum, explore the Roman Hypocaust, Roman Theatre and city walls.

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Tower Tour, Lincoln Cathedral

Explore the heights of Lincoln Cathedral on a Tower Tour for spectacular views over the once Roman Legionary Fortress.

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Rivoli Ballroom

One of London’s few remaining intact 1950s ballrooms, Rivoli Ballroom is booming with events that bring the party.

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Great britain on screen.

From Bridgerton to Bond and Harry Potter to the Peaky Blinders, Britain has set the scene for a multitude of film, television shows and period dramas.

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Glenfinnan Viaduct, Highlands, Schottland

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James Bond filming locations

From the Scottish glens, to international art - spy Britain's favourite agent.

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Visit Harry Potter filming locations

Follow in the magical footsteps of Harry Potter around these great British filming locations.

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Explore the filming locations of Steven Knight's hit crime drama, Peaky Blinders.

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Visit Bridgerton filming locations

Live out your Regency fantasies and immerse yourself in the record-breaking series.

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Hampton Court Palace is a historic royal palace built by Cardinal Wolsely and handed to his monarch King Henry VIII in the year 1528.

Period drama filming locations

From loyal royal fans of The Crown, to loving the scandal of Regency high society in Bridgerton, discover the places that bring it all to life.

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Pinewood Studios

The world famous iconic studio, the heart of filmmaking in the uk.

Synonymous with some of the big and small screen’s most enduring productions over its 85-year history, Pinewood’s iconic UK studios are just 8 miles from Heathrow airport and 20 miles from central London.

Home to the legendary 007 Stage, a further 30 stages including the unique permanently-filled Underwater Stage, 3 TV studios, one of Europe’s largest exterior tanks, acres of backlot and thousands of square feet of production office and workshop space, Pinewood has everything you need all in one place.

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The UK has some of the best acting talent and most experienced crews in the world. Together with a clear, firmly established system of tax incentives, diverse locations, state-of-the-art studios, post production, VFX and music facilities, it remains one of the most attractive global destinations to base your next production.

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The UK filming locations you can actually visit

More film and tv series than ever are being shot on our shores. andrew eames picks the top spots you may recognise….

Port Isaac in Cornwall, where Doc Martin is filmed

F ilm and television production in the UK is in a very good place, according to a report from the British Film Institute published last week. Spending increased 74 per cent from 2016 through to 2019, and initial figures from 2021 point to a very quick post-lockdown recovery, partly thanks to the UK’s tremendous variety of outdoor settings. Meanwhile “set jetting” — travelling to visit locations seen on screen — is on the up too; TV tourism was worth almost £500 million from 2016 to 2019. Here’s our pick of UK spots with a claim to fame (contains spoilers!).

1. Port Isaac, Cornwall

This Cornish fishing village is instantly identifiable as Doc Martin ’s Portwenn. It’s a rugged setting, squeezed between headlands, with a little harbour still used by crab fishers — some of whom formed a group called Fishermen’s Friends, the subject of the 2019 film of the same name. The village is served by a narrow street that swoops down one side and then hares up the other, while a path branches off, up past where Martin Clunes’s Doc Martin had his surgery. Aficionados can stay in his two-bedroom house, Fern Cottage (one night’s self-catering for four from £326; docmartinhouse.co.uk ).

The Glenfinnan Viaduct, which featured in the Harry Potter films

2. Glenfinnan Viaduct, Highlands

This spectacular viaduct on the railway from Fort William to Mallaig was relatively unknown until a certain boy wizard followed the Hogwarts Express across it in his flying Ford Anglia. Since then, the region’s economy has flourished, with the Jacobite steam train crossing the viaduct four times daily in season. There’s no Potter merchandise, however, and the owners are not even allowed to mention he-who-must-not-be-named. Train fans can rent the Glenfinnan Sleeping Car (one night’s self-catering for ten from £210; glenfinnanstationmuseum.co.uk ).

Jared Leto in Morbius — partly filmed in Manchester

3. The Northern Quarter, Manchester

Film directors have long been fans of the Northern Quarter, mostly because its brownstone buildings with external fire escapes make it an inexpensive stand-in for New York. Marvel’s Morbius was partly filmed here, as were bits of The Crown and Captain America , and iconic yellow cabs are regular visitors. With its murals, shared workspaces and hipster vibe, it’s an agreeable and creative place to hang. As is the new Leven Hotel (room-only doubles from £99; liveleven.com ).

Highclere Castle in Hampshire doubles up as Downton Abbey

4. Highclere House, Hampshire

It’s not particularly old, nor particularly grand, but the casting of Highclere, a stately pile owned by the 8th Earl of Carnarvon, for the title part in the costume drama Downton Abbey has certainly transformed its fortunes. Visitor numbers doubled, and the earl has been able to repair the holes in his roof. Stay in nearby Kintbury on the Kennet & Avon Canal, where the Dundas Arms is another slice of English country life (B&B doubles from £120; dundasarms.co.uk ).

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The Dark Hedges, also known as the King’s Road in Game of Thrones

5. Dark Hedges, Co Antrim

Once known for producing huge ships including the Titanic, Belfast’s former Harland & Wolff shipyard now hosts the Titanic Studios, the main facility for Game of Thrones . Although the producers made a speciality out of exotic locations, they also ventured out locally, specifically to Castle Ward (Winterfell Castle), Ballintoy Harbour (Iron Island) and of course Dark Hedges, the road that tunnels through twisted beech trees (aka the King’s Road). The former bishop’s palace at Culloden makes a fine place to stay (B&B doubles from £280; cullodenestateandspa.com ).

Symonds Yat provides the setting for some scenes in Sex Education

6. Symonds Yat, Herefordshire

At first sight, a genteel riverside resort on the banks of the River Wye seems an unlikely setting for the Netflix comedy-drama Sex Education . But why shouldn’t a sex therapist and her teenage son Otis settle in a spectacular-looking place where visitors’ pulse rates are more typically raised by kayaking? Much of the action is at Otis’s school (a building in Cardiff), but his teenage angst is only exacerbated by having to live in a beauty spot with a highly embarrassing mum. Their house, the Chalet, can be rented in real life as a holiday let (four nights’ self-catering for ten from £4,200; thechaletsymondsyat.co.uk ).

The Isle of Skye’s Old Man of Storr has featured in multiple films

7. Old Man of Storr, Isle of Skye

The Old Man is an iconic upright pinnacle that rears up above a typically Hebridean backdrop of misty moorland, loch and sea. It sits on the edge of the Quiraing, an otherworldly boggy plateau, well suited to scenes from Ridley Scott’s Prometheus , as was some of Michael Fassbender’s Macbeth , which were both shot here. The crews built a handy pathway up, and it’s now the most popular walk on the island. Stay where some of the stars did, in the Skeabost (B&B doubles from £159; skyehotel.co.uk/skeabost ).

West Bay, Dorset, where Broadchurch was filmed

8. West Bay, Dorset

The setting for Broadchurch , starring Olivia Colman and David Tennant, is a holiday town at the end of a line of imposing Jurassic cliffs. It’s a relatively inconspicuous place, which is partly the point, because even somewhere so superficially untroubled can conceal savage undercurrents of human behaviour. Stay along the shore in Lyme Regis, also a celebrated film location (for The French Lieutenant’s Woman ) in the Alexandra Hotel (B&B doubles from £280; hotelalexandra.co.uk).

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9. Glen Coe, Highlands

This giant glacier-carved glen has a history of treachery dating to when 38 hospitable MacDonalds were massacred in their beds by their overnight guests. That makes it a perfect setting for the tragic denouement of Skyfall , in which James Bond’s remote family property goes up in flames and M dies in his arms. Adjacent Glen Nevis was also the location for much of Mel Gibson’s Braveheart . The starry place to stay hereabouts is where Queen Victoria did, at Inverlochy Castle (B&B doubles from £337; inverlochycastlehotel.com ).

Gladiator being filmed at Bourne Wood

10. Bourne Wood, Surrey

This little-known but extremely versatile mix of trees and clearings first came to prominence in the battle scene in Gladiator , and since then has played its part in a whole raft of productions, including Warhorse , Thor , Wonder Woman , Transformers 3 and The Witcher . Mostly pine trees on sandy soil, it can pass itself off as central and eastern Europe, or even the Baltic, unlike its adjacent town, Farnham, which is unmistakably English. Stay at Bel and the Dragon, a stylish roadside inn in Churt (B&B doubles from £70; belandthedragon-churt.co.uk ).

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Harry Potter

Best film and television locations to visit in the UK

Location : Leavesden, Hertfordshire

Ever wanted to step into the Great Hall? Ride a broomstick? Or enjoy a nice frothy butterbeer? You can do all this and more at the Harry Potter Studio Tour in Leavesden.

During the filming of Harry Potter, the crew saved many of the original sets, props and costumes. They opened the iconic studio tour in March 2012 with their collection. The tour gives you the opportunity to explore the sophisticated set and immerse yourself in the magical world of Harry Potter.

As well as taking the tour to the studio, don’t forget to visit Platform 9¾ at King’s Cross station. For those of you that have read a  Harry Potter   book or seen one of the films – Platform 9¾ needs no introduction. But if you haven’t, this pseudo-fictional location at King’s Cross station is where the Hogwarts Express departs to Hogwarts School.

Sherlock Holmes

Best film and television locations to visit in the UK

Location: London

Immerse yourself in the world of Sherlock Holmes and step in the famous detective’s shoes with a tour that will take you around famous landmarks and locations that appear in the hit BBC TV show starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.

Whilst the new Sherlock Holmes is filmed in numerous locations including Wales, many of the memorable locations are in central London, where the original stories are set. 

The tour lasts for two hours and will include the film locations for the fictional Diogenes club and Pentonville Prison. 

Game of Thrones

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Location : Northern Ireland

Much of Game of Thrones is filmed in Northern Ireland. And whether you are a fan or not – these locations are worth a visit for the natural beauty and striking architecture.

Many location tours run all year round, including the Belfast Winterfell Day Tour and Lunch. This tour includes a ferry ride to Castle Ward, the beautiful 18th-century castle that plays a big part in the hit TV show. The trek also includes the chance to practice your archery or dress up in customes from the show.

Another stunning location in the Game of Thrones is Downhill Beach in Londonderry, which has cascading waterfalls and sand dunes. The glorious Mussenden Temple on Downhill Beach is one of the most photographed buildings in Northern Ireland.

Pride and Prejudice

Location : Chatsworth House, Derbyshire

It’s a truth universally acknowledged, that you can visit Chatsworth House to find the film location for Mr Darcey’s estate in the recent adaptation of Pride and Prejudice starring Kiera Knightley. 

It is believed that Jane Austen actually based Mr Darcey’s estate, Pemberley, on Chatsworth House, as she wrote the novel in nearby town Bakewell. (Yes, of Bakewell tart fame). 

Downton Abbey

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Location : Hampshire, The Cotswolds

Highclere Castle is a stunning 5,000-acre country house that plays centre stage in Downtown Abbey. The hit TV show accurately depicts the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the post-Edwardian era. Their lives were hugely connected with the great events in history.

The choice of location shows off the best of British architecture. Make sure to walk through the magnificent drawing hall, where the Crawley family do most of the entertaining. Highclere Castle, where the filming took place, is open to the public for only 70 days a year. This is because it is still home to the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon.

You can also visit the hospital and church exterior scenes that appear in Downton Abbey in the village of Bampton in the Cotswolds.

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10 famous UK film locations to visit in real life

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The UK has set the scene for some of the world’s most iconic films and TV shows past and present. But instead of exploring the world via the silver screen, why not visit some of the famous film locations in real life?

Our round-up of the UK’s best film locations puts the spotlight on the places that don’t just bring stories to life, but are destinations worth visiting in their own right. From the high-society estates that housed our favourite period dramas to the atmospheric Scottish Highlands and the Oxford college that lets you walk – quite literally – in the footsteps of Harry Potter. Whether you’re a film buff planning an itinerary or merely looking for a good day out, these top UK movie locations are guaranteed to entertain. Lights, camera, action.

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1. Ballymoney, Northern Ireland Game of Thrones

This otherworldly tree tunnel would be well worth a visit even if Arya Stark hadn’t travelled along here with Hot Pie, Gendry and Yoren on her escape from King’s Landing in season two of Game of Thrones. On an off-the-beaten-track country road, the gnarled beech trees – known as the ‘Dark Hedges’ by locals – date back more than two centuries. Head here early in the day, when visitors are few and morning mists up the drama. Plus, it’s just a 20-minute drive from here to the fabled Giant’s Causeway. 

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2. Bath, Somerset Bridgerton

Bath is one of the UK’s most beautifully preserved, Regency-era cities and, for that reason, prime location for throwback dramas – silver screen adaptations of Persuasion, Vanity Fair and Sherlock have been shot here. But if you got caught up in the gossip of Lady Whistledown’s society papers, it’s no doubt Bridgerton that springs to mind when you see its Georgian terraces. The sweeping Royal Crescent, designed by architect John Wood in the mid-1700s, stands in for London’s Grosvenor Square while the Bath Assembly Rooms are where Daphne and Simon locked eyes and… hearts.  GET INSPIRED BY: Amazing Britain

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3. Glenfinnan Viaduct, Scotland Harry Potter

Perhaps the most iconic of Harry Potter film locations, the Glenfinnan Viaduct carries its railway line over 21 majestic arches. We don’t recommend crossing in a flying car (like Harry and Ron did in the Chamber of Secrets), but we do recommend living out your Hogwarts Express fantasies aboard The Jacobite instead. The steam train runs a scenic service between Fort William, near Ben Nevis, and Mallaig in summer. Be warned: the compartments you see on Harry Potter sell out months in advance, so book ahead. The views of Loch Shiel are pure magic. RELATED CONTENT: 13 Scottish destinations every Harry Potter fan should visit

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4. Christ Church College, Oxford Harry Potter

But what about inside Hogwarts? The School of Witchcraft and Wizardry wasn’t shot in one place but several across England, including Lacock Abbey in Wiltshire and Gloucester Cathedral, which stood in for the school’s hallways. But it’s Christ Church College that really has the wow factor. Tucked in among Oxford’s dreaming spires, its Great Hall was the inspiration for Hogwarts’ dining hall, while the Bodley staircase and its cloisters pop up in the Philosopher’s Stone and Chamber of Secrets. Muggles are welcome to visit, though you will have to pay an entry fee. A 10-minute walk away: the beautiful Gothic ceiling of Bodleian Library’s Divinity School – yet another Harry Potter movie backdrop. Spellbinding.  RELATED CONTENT: 15 of the prettiest places to visit in England

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5. Leadenhall Market, London Harry Potter

Harry Potter fan in London? The Warner Bros Studio in Watford is just a 20-minute train ride from London Euston, with a shuttle bus available thereafter. But you don’t have to travel far to be bewitched by some of the UK’s most famous film locations. In central London, wander across the Millennium Bridge destroyed by Death Eaters in the Half-Blood Prince, visit Platform 9 and ¾ at King’s Cross Station or admire the Victorian architecture of Leadenhall Market, the real-life Diagon Alley. Potter fans will immediately recognise the entrance to the Leaky Cauldron at 42 Bull’s Head Passage. GET INSPIRED BY: London Explorer

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6. Hatfield House, Hertfordshire The Crown

Thought The Crown was shot at Buckingham Palace? Think again. That being said, the hit series’ film locations do join the dots between the UK’s most prestigious addresses, from the 16th-century Chatsworth House in Derbyshire (also filming place for Pride and Prejudice) to the Rothschild family’s Waddeson Manor in Buckinghamshire and Greenwich’s Old Royal Naval College, where Henry VIII was born. 

An hour’s drive from London, the Jacobean Hatfield House was where Elizabeth I spent her (real-life) childhood and, on screen, was used as the home of Queen Mary, Elizabeth II’s widowed grandmother. It’s close to many studios so you may recognise it from other flicks: Wonder Woman, The King’s Speech and The Favourite, for which Olivia Colman scooped the Oscar for Best Actress. Best of all, you don’t need to be a blue blood to visit today. RELATED CONTENT: The best day trips to escape London this summer

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7. Cairngorms National Park, Scotland Mary Queen of Scots

If you enjoy a regal romp across the UK, wind the clock back further in time to the era of Mary Queen of Scots. Her namesake biopic starring Saorise Ronan and Margot Robbie (who plays her sister, Elizabeth I) was shot across the UK, including in the Chiltern Open Air Museum and the pretty seaside town of North Berwick. But it’s the scenes set against the undulating Cairngorms that really capture imaginations – along with all those spectacular costumes, of course. Poldullie Bridge near Strathdon is where Mary ambushes rebel forces. GET INSPIRED BY: Scotland’s Highlands, Islands and Cities

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8. Notting Hill, London Notting Hill

Is there a film location quite as iconic as William Thacker’s royal-blue door in Notting Hill? Find it at 280 Westbourne Park Road before exploring the candy-coloured neighbourhood that made us sweet for Richard Curtis’ blockbuster. Visit Portobello Road Market (where the opening scenes were shot) and keep an eye out for number 142, the location of the fictional Travel Book Company shop – it’s The Notting Hill Bookshop today.

Time to spare? Tack on a visit to elegant Kenwood House in Hampstead Heath. The stately home and gardens is where William meets Anna on the movie set. It makes for a rather refined afternoon out. Make sure to stop at the café after admiring its impressive art collection. RELATED CONTENT: London Destination Guide

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9. Gabriel’s Wharf, London Love Actually

London’s most recognisable landmarks set the scene for this classic rom-com. We recommend buying something delicious to go from Borough Market (stopping to look up at Bridget Jones’ flat above The Globe Pub on Bedale Street) and walking along the River Thames to Gabriel’s Wharf to sit and eat on the bench where Sam told step-dad Daniel about the “total agony of being in love”. From there, catch the underground (Jubilee line from Southwark to Bond Street) for a spree in Selfridges, where Harry (Alan Rickman) tries buying an illicit necklace from a dallying Rowan Atkinson. RELATED CONTENT: 11 quintessential British rom coms to make you fall in love with the UK

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10. Highclere Castle, Hampshire Downton Abbey

Enjoy a slice of high society in the Grade-I listed Highclere Castle, better known as Downton Abbey. With manicured grounds by Capability Brown, Highclere’s past is as storied as its present. It was here, in the 1920s, that the fifth Earl of Carnarvon housed Egyptian artefacts collected in the company of Howard Carter in the Valley of the Kings. And in the First World War it became a hospital for wounded soldiers. Today, visitors can take guided tours or stay the night in one of its lodges. If walls could talk… 

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10 TV and film locations to visit in the UK

Have you ever been watching your favourite show and wondered "where is that?" Forget the frantic Googling - we've compiled 10 of the best TV and film locations that you can visit in the UK.

By Joanna Davies Published: August 3, 2022

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From dramatic coastlines to imposing architecture, it’s often the scenery of our favourite flicks that make them so special. Take a look at some of our favourite UK TV and film locations to visit where you can follow in the characters’ footsteps.

Bath – Bridgerton

Transport yourself to an era of regency with a promenade around the city of Bath, one of the primary filming locations of Netflix’s Bridgerton . Being a small city, it’s perfect for a self-guided walking tour: visit the Featherington house at No. 1 The Royal Crescent before heading to the Modiste (Abbey Deli to the locals). Cross Pulteney Bridge and follow Great Pulteney Street to be greeted by Lady Danbury’s grand mansion. Soak up the sophistication in Abbey Green square or the famous Bath Street, both frequent backdrops to some of the most iconic scenes, including the Duke of Hastings’ dramatic horse-back entrance. 

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More info: www.visitbath.co.uk  

Stay nearby: Fairleigh Road Camping, BA2 7NG 

Scotland – Harry Potter

Potterheads will recognise this dramatic scenery from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets , when Ron and Harry are in Weasley’s flying car. The pair soar over Glenfinnan Viaduct, which spans 1000 feet and sits 100 feet above the ground. In the third instalment of the iconic series, the train is stopped over the viaduct by Dementors. Head to the visitor centre where there is a short walk to panoramic views of the site. For an extra magical day out, catch the Hogwarts Express (The Jacobite to locals) from nearby Fort William that takes you all the way across the viaduct.

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Cornwall – Poldark

In 2015, the brooding Ross Poldark rode across the Cornish coast and onto our screens. The series of Poldark follows a host of characters living through love, loss and war in 1783, all unfolding amongst captivating Cornish scenery. The Penwith Heritage Coast and surrounding areas are to thank for the stirring setting. Although Poldark’s Nampara is fictional, head to Botallack Mine to see ‘Wheal Leisure’, the Poldark family business, and the famous Crowns engine houses perched on the cliffs. Nearby is Porthgwarra Beach, the backdrop for many scenes including a fan-favourite in which Demelza watches Ross swim from the cliffs above. 

More information: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/botallack  

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Country Antrim – Game of Thrones

The captivating  mediaeval drama, Game of Thrones, takes place in mythical Westeros which is actually a jigsaw puzzle of stunning locations across Europe. It’s not hard to see why Northern Ireland is among them, with its spectacular coastline, mountains and glens. In County Antrim, the harbour town of Ballintoy became the Iron Islands, home of Theon Greyjoy, while the atmospheric Dark Hedges in nearby Ballymoney featured in season two. A half an hour drive west you’ll find the striking Cushendun Caves, used as the backdrop for the Stormlands and the setting for several iconic scenes. 

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More info: www.visitbelfast.com  

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Yorkshire – The Secret Garden

Staying true to its roots – if you’ll pardon the pun – both the 2020 and 1993 versions of The Secret Garden feature Fountains Abbey near Ripon. Sitting next to the picturesque Studley Park, the ruins of the mediaeval abbey provided the exterior of Misselthwaite Manor in the original adaptation. In the modern remake, the abbey’s ruins take centre stage, having been transformed into a vine-covered paradise complete with sunken pools. The UNESCO World Heritage site dates back to 1132 and has acres of gardens, riverside walks and follies to explore, as well as the stunning ruins themselves.

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More information: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk

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Hampshire – Downton Abbey

If you’ve ever watched enviously as the Crawley family of Downton Abbey enjoy their lavish home, don’t worry – now you can get a slice of the aristocracy first-hand. Wander through the hallways, dining room, drawing room and library of the show’s most iconic backdrop, Highclere Castle. Set within 1000 acres of parkland and gardens, the beautiful castle-cum-stately home was built as Highclere Palace in 1679. Today, it has been restored to the elegance and grandeur of its heyday, hosting the Downton Abbey series and films. You can follow the footsteps of Dame Maggie Smith and Hugh Bonneville with a guided tour, special event or general admission. 

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More info: https://www.highclerecastle.co.uk/  

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Dorset – Broadchurch

Before The Favourite there was Broadchurch , one of Olivia Coleman’s defining roles played alongside David Tennant and Jodie Whittaker. Fans of the crime drama will know that the landscape of the series is part of what makes it so special. Take yourself around the Broadchurch Trail, which stops off at 10 locations within walking distance of each other. You’ll stop off at stunning sites like West Cliff, Jurassic Pier and the Harbour Cliff Beach, recognisable from the dramatic first episode. See if you can spot DI Hardy’s blue beach shack on the banks of the River Brit when you’re walking around West Bay.

More information: www.visit-dorset.com  

Stay nearby: Highlands End Holiday Park, DT6 6AR

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Shere – The Holiday 

Christmas may be a way off but if you want an early festive fix, visit the village of Shere in Guildford. After a house-swap holiday, Cameron Diaz finds herself in the tiny village for the holidays. Catch a train from London Waterloo and be in the idyllic Surrey gem in just over an hour to explore the quaint shops and charming pubs, set near the River Tillingbourne. Make sure to drop by The White Horse, where Jude Law and Cameron Diaz have a romantic lunch. The village church of St James also features in Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason when Renee Zelweger’s parents renew their vows. 

More info: www.visitsurrey.com

Stay nearby: Horsley CCC Site, KT24 6PE

Liverpool – The Batman

Not only is Liverpool bursting at the seams with history and culture, it’s now the backdrop for the newest Batman film. Opposite Liverpool Lime Street Station is St George’s Hall, a neoclassical Grade I listed building that doubled as Gotham City Hall for the stylish funeral scene. Gotham General Hospital was hosted by the Walker Art Gallery and the Waterloo Memorial statue can be spotted in the Halloween market scene. The city’s iconic Royal Liver Building was transformed into Gotham City Police Department, while the grand neo-Grecian County Sessions House became Gotham Courthouse. 

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More info: www.visitliverpool.com  

Stay nearby: Flukers Brook Farm, L34 7HB

Guildford – Gladiator and more

Spanning 400 acres of Surrey countryside, Bourne Woods have been a popular filming location for some epic films of recent years. In this ancient woodland, Daniel Radcliffe was chased by snatchers in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow: Part 1 while Scarlett Johannson and co fight their way through the woods in Avengers: Age of Ultron . The area is also favoured by Oscar-winning director Ridley Scott who chose the location for two of his films . The imposing landscape is the perfect stage for Russel Crowe’s bloody victory in Gladiator and the muddy WW1 trenches of War Horse. 

More info: https://www.forestryengland.uk  

Stay nearby: Old Barn Farm, GU30 7SY

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Filming locations in the UK

Top 50 Filming Locations in the UK

  • March 19, 2022
  • Fun , Places to Visit , Travelling United Kingdom

Hundreds of thousands of people each year travel to the UK, be it to see the streets of the capitals or to explore the natural beauties of the country. While many opt for this journey to see some of the most famous landmarks, they also often have another motivation. Many famous movies and shows were filmed in the UK , some by foreign and others by national studios and companies. Because it has varying landscapes and cities of different architectural styles, the UK has an abundance of versatile locations for visual media of all genres. Many of those movies and shows have a cult following, and the fans often wish to follow in the footsteps of their heroes and see the real-life filming locations. 

With all that in mind, we have prepared a list of the top 50 filming locations in the UK by constituent countries. 

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Several major motion pictures and some of the most popular TV series of today were filmed in England . Namely, Harry Potter films and mega-popular Marvel studios blockbusters like Spider-Man: Far From Home and Avengers: Infinity War star several filming locations found in England, UK. 

Alnwick Castle

Downton Abbey, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Transformers: The Last Knight

Alnwick Castle is a medieval romanesque castle that made appearances as recognizable locations of major importance. First, its exterior served as a representation of Hogwarts School , more precisely its courtyard. This is where the scenes of Harry learning to fly were filmed. Furthermore, the castle interior appears in Downton Abbey Christmas specials as the inside of Brancaster Castle . Also, both the interior and exterior made appearances in Transformer: The Last Night . Visitors of the castle can take guided tours that will show them all the famous filming locations in this part of UK. 

Filming locations in the UK: Alnwick Castle

Portobello Road

Paddington & Paddington 2, Notting Hill 

The picturesque street in Notting Hill district in West London can be seen in three movies: the 1999 Julia Roberts classic Notting Hill and both Paddington movies. Interestingly, the aforementioned movies bear the name of actual locations related to Portobello Road . While Notting Hill is a district in which the road is, Paddington is the name of a nearby railway station. However, the famous Alice’s Antiques on Portobello Road played Mr. Gruber’s shop in the movie . In real life, Portobello Road is one of the most famous street markets in the world, recognizable for its beautiful pastel buildings. The street is lively, diverse, with a long history and street market tradition. 

Cornwall 

Alice in Wonderland, Fisherman’s Friends

Cornwall, the very bottom tip of England , is a location rich in history and tradition. It has served as a filming location for two successful movies. The first is Tim Burton’s 2010 Alice in Wonderland , a new adaptation of a beloved English classic. The director chose Antony House in Cornwall as a prominent scenery of scenes set in the real world leading up to Alice’s visit to Wonderland. Furthermore, a small fishing village named Fisherman’s Friends was used to film the majority of the film inspired by a real-life band of the same name. 

London, King’s Cross 

Batman Begins, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Harry Potter films

Although people mostly recognize it as a name of a railway station from which Harry Potter boarded the magical Hogwarts Express , King’s Cross district has appeared in several other hit films. In Batman Begins , a staircase of a luxurious hotel in King’s Cross appears in the film. However, in Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation the famous platform appears in a redesigned form. Interestingly, an entirely new set was built on the existing King’s Cross platform , hence the movie version does not resemble what it really looks like. Nevertheless, thousands of people visit this station annually – either as tourists or passengers waiting for their train. 

Filming locations in the UK: King's Cross station

King’s Cross station

Durham Cathedral 

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Avengers: Endgame

While this over thousand years old gothic cathedral did not appear in many movies, it certainly made a lasting impression in those that it did. It served as a set for several scenes in the first two Harry Potter films, its corridors and courtyards used to represent Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry . However, the Harry Potter franchise is not the only major franchise that used the cathedral’s gothic beauty. Some scenes from one of the highest-grossing movies of all time, Avengers: Endgame , were filmed at this location. In real life, Durham Cathedral is a part of Durham College and is free to visit. 

Hatfield House 

Sherlock Holmes – A Game of Shadows, V for Vendetta, Spider-Man: Far From Home 

Perhaps one of the most recognizable and used filming locations in the UK, Hatfield House has long been one of the favorite locations for movie makers. The private property of Lord and Lady Salisbury is versatile and adaptable. Hence, it has appeared in around 70 movies so far. In Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows , it played professor Moriarty’s study room. The house’s interior was also featured in Spider-Man: Far From Home as S.H.I.E.L.D. underground headquarters in Prague. Of course, the house facade is also present in many films. Namely, in the opening execution scene in 2005 V for Vendetta . 

Wilton House 

Tomb Raider, Johnny English Reborn, Bridgerton

Similar to Hatfield House, Wilton House appears in several major films. Its rich facade and interior served as a backdrop for many manors and palaces in movies. The hit-series Bridgerton set during the Regency era features Wilton House as the Royal Palace. However, it is not the only in Bridgerton that Wilton Palace played that role. The end of Johnny English Reborn features the house interior as the location of knighting the comic character played by Rowan Atkinson. Furthermore, the house was used to represent the beautiful Croft Manor in the 2018 Tomb Raider . 

Lancaster House 

The Crown, The Theory of Everything 

Lancaster House is a 19th-century three-story building in the West End of London, a famous district with many tourist locations known also as the theatre district . Interestingly, Lancaster House has often been a stand-in for Buckingham Palace . In fact, filming of The Crown often took place inside the house that played the residence of the royal family. Also, the 2014 award-winning movie Theory of Everything features it as Buckingham Palace near the movie’s end. In the movie, Lancaster House appears when Stephen Hawking, played by Eddie Redmayne, meets Queen Elizabeth II and becomes a member of the order of the Companions of Honour. 

Audley End House 

The 17th-century countryside house that is more of a palace than its name suggests is an important cultural site and a memorable filming location. Beautiful gardens surround the house and together with the interior design witness the change of styles throughout centuries. However, many may recognize it for another reason: it served as a filming location for Netflix’s The Crown . In the series, the house interior plays a significant role in some of the flashbacks. Namely, it played the part of the famous Elton College where the Queen received tutoring as a child. 

Filming locations in the UK: Audley End House

Audley End House

Puzzlewood (Forest of Dean) 

Star Wars: Episode VII, Merlin 

Puzzlewood is a protected piece of land in the Forest of Dean that has often been used as a filming location. The unique landscape of thousands of years old, dark green trees is a perfect backdrop for science fiction and fantasy. Thus, several shows and movies of those genres feature this location. For example, Puzzlewood played the Forest of Takodana in Star Wars: Episode VII , where important scenes near the very end took place. Also, it was heavily featured in the fantasy series Merlin . Namely, it is where Lady Morgana was hidden and where many magical creatures of Camelot roamed. 

Castle Combe 

Stardust, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd 

Castle Combe is a small, picturesque village in Wiltshire often referred to as the prettiest village in England . Because of its medieval roots and adaptable aesthetic, many filmmakers used it as a filming location. Hence, the village appeared as the village of the Wall in the 2007 adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Stardust . Furthermore, it was also used in another book-to-movie adaptation. Seven years before Stardust, Castle Combe was a filming location of The Murder of Roger Ackroyd , an episode of Poirot series based on Agatha Christie’s novels. 

Hertfordshire 

Johnny English, Batman 

Hertfordshire is a county in England north of London with several notable filming locations. The county has a long history and a diverse set of buildings that can be used as a background for various genres of movies and TV series. One of the famous examples is Johnny English starring Rowan Atkinson. Particularly, the climax of the movie – Sauvage’s coronation scene – was filmed in the gothic St Albans Cathedral . Furthermore, Tim Burton’s Batman also features a prominent Hertforshirde building. In the movie, Knebworth House was a shooting location for scenes featuring Wayne Manor . 

Filming locations in the UK: Hertfordshire

Hertfordshire

Castle Howard, Northumberland 

Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties, Victoria, Bridgerton 

Castle Howard is an 18th-century castle in North Yorkshire , and a popular filming location in the UK. It took 100 years to complete it, and nowadays it proudly stands as one of the most attractive castles in the county. Interestingly, the castle played Kensington Palace in the 2016 TV series Victoria starring Jenna Coleman. Furthermore, a children’s comedy Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties features the castle’s facade and surroundings as fictional Castle Carlyle. The castle also appears in Netflix’s Bridgerton series, this time as Duke of Hastings country home. 

Wye Valley & Forest of Dean 

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 was one of the most anticipated movies of the decade, and the only one in the franchise that doesn’t feature the beloved Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry . For many viewers, it was the forest where Harry, Ron, and Hermione hide from Lord Voldemort while searching for Horcruxes. The scene is no other than the Forest of Dean , and the scenes were filmed at the location. However, portions of them were also filmed in the neighboring Wye Valley . Interestingly, both Forest of Dean and Wye Valley are thousands of years old, protected natural sites. 

West Bay, Dorset 

Broadchurch 

Those who have seen Broadchurch will remember the breathtaking, tranquil, albeit unsettling scenery of the bay that is prominent in the series. The bay is no other than West Bay in Dorset, a part of the World Heritage Site called Jurassic Coast . Furthermore, the tall cliffs rising above the soft sandy beach and sea waves form a breathtaking scenery. Hence, it comes as no surprise why David Tennant and Olivia Coleman’s characters spend lots of time at this location throughout the course of the series. 

Filming locations in the UK: West Bay, Dorset

West Bay, Dorset

Wales 

Landscapes of Wales have frequently appeared in numerous films and TV series. Some of them are the most recognizable filming locations in the UK. However, perhaps the most prominent of all are its multiple appearances in the BBC series Doctor Who and 2010 Robin Hood starring Russel Crowe. 

Merthyr Mawr Sand Dunes

Lawrance of Arabia 

Merthyr Mawr Sand Dunes are the centre of Merthyr Mawr Nature Reserve in the south of Wales. The unique landscape in proximity to the village of the same name stretches all the way to the sea. However, what is interesting is the fact that the Sand Dunes doubled as the deserts of the Arabian Peninsula in a 1962 classic Lawrence of Arabia . The film starring Peter O’Toole is based on the life of T.E. Lawrance is a historical drama, and one of the Hollywood classics.

Brecon Beacons National Park 

The Dark Knight Rises 

The Brecon Beacons is one of the three national parks in Wales and one of 15 national parks in the UK . It is centered around the Brecon Beacons mountain range. Moorland, waterfalls, and living communities compose the scenery of the park that includes a World Heritage Site – Blaenavon . Of course, it comes as no surprise that the park of such beauty was used as a set for a blockbuster. In fact, the stunning Henrhyd Falls doubled as Bat Cave to Christian Bale’s Batman. Another significant feature of Henrhyd Falls is its height – it is the tallest waterfall in southern Wales. 

Filming locations in the UK: Brecon Beacons National Park

Brecon Beacons National Park

Nant Gwynant 

King Arthur 

Snowdonia National Park in northwestern Wales is undoubtedly one of the most picturesque places in the country. But also among the most popular filming locations in the UK. The intact imagery of the mountain slopes looks like it hadn’t been affected by the passage of time, so it is easy to see why many filmmakers choose it as their filming location. Furthermore, one place within the park particularly stands out: the Nant Gwynant valley and its heart, Llyn Gwynant Lake . Also, the national park makes a notable appearance in Arthurian legends . Hence, it is completely natural that director Guy Ritchie chose Nant Gwynant for a scene in which Vortigern introduces Arthur as the king. 

Wales Millennium Centre

Doctor Who 

Dubbed as “home for the arts in Wales”, the Wales Millennium Centre is a great destination for all things related to art. The Centre hosts multiple plays, musicals, concerts, and various workshops. However, the centre – both its exterior and interior – might be more familiar to the worldwide audience as a set of several Doctor Who episodes. During David Tennant’s run as the Tenth Doctor, two episodes were filmed in the centre: New Earth and The Sound of Drums . Furthermore, the centre was used once again during Matt Smith’s run as the Eleventh Doctor and can be seen in some of the most prominent episodes of his era: The Girl Who Waited and Vincent and the Doctor . 

Southerndown Beach 

Dunraven Bay in southern Wales is one of the most popular landmarks near Southerndown Village , and it is better known simply as Southerndown Beach. The wide, sandy beach surrounded by cliffs seems otherworldly and attracts thousands of visitors each year. However, it also owes a part of its popularity to the fact that it served as a filming location for several Doctor Who episodes. Furthermore, the scenes in which the beach appears are some of the most emotional-wrenching moments of the series. Particularly, Southerndown Beach doubled as Bad Wolf Bay during David Tennant’s run as the Doctor. 

Snowdonia National Park 

The World Is Not Enough, Macbeth

As mentioned before, Snowdonia’s beauties didn’t go unnoticed by the film world – and the history of filming in the park spans decades of film history. Interestingly, the landscapes of Snowdonia National Park appear in Roman Polanski’s 1971 Macbeth , an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s tragedy of the same name. Furthermore, the Snowdonian scenery also appeared in the 1999 James Bond movie starring Pierce Brosnan, The World Is Not Enough . In this movie, Snowdonia doubled as the imagery of Kazakhstan. No wonder, since it is ranked as the best national park in Europe .

Filming locations in the UK: Snowdonia NP

Snowdonia NP

Pembrokeshire 

Sherlock, Robin Hood 

The scenery of Pembrokeshire is largely built by the county’s coastal nature. As the sea surrounds this charming, naturally rich peninsula and the county’s islands, the inhabitants used their geographical position as an advantage. Furthermore, Pembrokeshire National Park protects the beautiful coast – its roads and the natural habitat of several species. Notably, Pembrokeshire appeared in several shows and movies. BBC’s Sherlock with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman was filmed at St Catherine Island. Also, Pembrokeshire was among the filming locations of the 2010 Robin Hood .  

Roath Lock Studios in Cardiff

Doctor Who, Casualty 

BBC Wales’s Roath Lock Studios in Cardiff houses several big-name shows, among which the names of Doctor Who and Casualty stand out. However, if compared to the years those shows have been in production, Roath Lock was built relatively recently. The construction of the studios in Cardiff was finished in 2011, with 9 studios in total inside the building. In fact, Doctor Who moved in during Matt Smith’s era as the titular character in season 7. Additionally, visitors can take guided tours around the sets and see first-hand what some of the most memorable filming locations in the UK look like behind the scenes. 

Freshwater West Beach 

Robin Hood, Harry Potter, and the Deathly Hallows 

Soft sand and the surrounding, fragile dunes of Freshwater West Beach appeared in three blockbuster films in the past decade. In both Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows movies, the beach served as a set where scenes involving Shell Cottage were filmed. Also, the beach can be seen in 2010 Robin Hood with Russel Crowe. In the movie, the beach doubled as the Cliffs of Dover , where the big battle took place. Of course, visitors won’t find Shell Cottage on the beach as it was built exclusively for filming purposes, but during the low tide, the beach justifies its status as a filming location in the UK. 

Penbryn Beach 

Die Another Day 

The beach covered in golden sand and backed by stunning cliffs and sand dunes is a relatively undiscovered gem among the beaches in Wales. National Trust protects this site, and there are many things to enjoy – from tasty cakes in the nearby cafe to exploring nearby caves during the low tide. However, the beach is most famous as a filming location of 2002 James Bond: Die Another Day with Pierce Brosnan and Halle Berry. In the movie, the beach is portrayed as a golden, sun-kissed, remote location. Nevertheless, the camera managed to capture the beauty of Penbryn Beach, sparking the interest of location in many viewers. 

Menai Bridge 

Dolittle 

The suspension bridge spanning the Menai strait connects the Island of Anglesey with the mainland. Interestingly, Menai Bridge is one of the first modern suspension bridges in the UK. Because it was built in the early 19th century, its design fit in perfectly with the Victorian aesthetic of the 2020 adaptation of Lofting’s The Story of Doctor Dolittle . Simply named Dolittle, the newest adaptation features Robert Downey Jr. as a titular character set on a quest to retrieve the cure for Queen Victora. As for the bridge itself, it appears near the beginning of the movie. In the scene, a boy named Tommy Stubbins uses the bridge to board Dolittle’s ship. 

Menai Bridge

Menai Bridge

Scotland 

Scotland has for a long time been a source of inspiration, both in written fiction and in filmed media. Thus, it is unsurprising that some of its locations made the list of the top 50 filming locations in the UK. Perhaps one of the most popular series to feature Scottish scenery is Outlander . Also, some scenes in the Harry Potter films were filmed here. 

Hunterston House 

Outlander 

Only 21 miles from the Glasgow Airport and 30 miles from the city itself, the neoclassical Hunterston House is one of the most popular filming locations in Scotland. Because the house has four floors, and the surrounding estate also includes a castle and an outhouse, the location is very versatile. Thus, multiple scenes can be filmed in different rooms within the house or around it. In Outlander , rooms of the house doubled as multiple locations throughout the first three seasons, especially seasons 1 and 2. Furthermore, the house is a private property of Clan Hunter. Outside visitors are not allowed at the site, and visitation is open only to the clan members. 

Doune Castle

Game of Thrones, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Outlander

The romanesque castle in Scotland is one of the most legendary filming locations in the UK. Because it is well-preserved and private property, many movies and series of the historical genre were filmed here. However, not many utilized the location as much as the makers of Mony Python and the Holy Grail . Because they were rather restricted with filming location, the filmmakers used the castle as a backdrop for various scenes and had to rely on their creativity to create an illusion of different places. Furthermore, the castle appeared in two popular shows of the 21st century – as Winterfell in Game of Thrones pilot and Castle Leoch in Outlander . 

The Glenfinnan Viaduct 

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 

Made worldwide famous by the three Harry Potter movies , the Glenfinnan Viaduct plays a significant role in connecting the nearby Fort William with Mallaig. The viaduct also overlooks Loch Shiel and the Glenfinnan monument. However, the reason why many tourists visit it is because its scenery appeared in three Harry Potter films during Harry’s journeys to Hogwarts. The viaduct first made an appearance in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets when Harry and Ron found Hogwarts Express in their flying car. Furthermore, it appeared once again in Prisoner of Azkaban in a scene when the dementors stop the train to search for Sirius Black, and finally briefly in Goblet of Fire . 

Glenfinnan viaduct

Glenfinnan viaduct

Glen Coe 

Skyfall 

A glen of volcanic origin in the Highlands served as a backdrop for a 2012 James Bond film named Skyfall . In geological terms, the glen was formed on the remains of a long-extinct stratovolcano. Within the glen is the Glencoe Village, in which – according to the James Bond lore – is where 007’s ancestors once lived. As such, the village and the glen were some of the most prominent filming locations for the movie. The landscape surrounding Bond’s ancestral home named Skyfall was actually filmed in Glen Coe itself. 

Rosslyn Chapel 

The Da Vinci Code 

The 15th-century gothic chapel in Roslin rose to popularity among tourists thanks to the 2003 Dan Brown novel The Da Vinci Code and, subsequently, the 2006 movie of the same name. Before that, the 6 centuries old church saw a turbulent history, especially following the Reformation. However, it wasn’t until 1995 that the chapel went through a conservation project. And just in time, because 8 years later Dan Brown chose it as a climax location for what would become a worldwide phenomenon titled The Da Vinci’s Code. Of course, Rosslyn was used for filming. Since the movie’s release, hundreds of thousands of visitors have visited the Rosslyn chapel . 

Glen Nevis 

One of the most beautiful glens in Scotland served as a background in the blockbuster starring Mel Gibson . At the foot of the glen surrounded by the highest mountains on the British Isles lies Fort William . Also, a river named River Nevis flows through the glen, a river above which Setall Falls formed. Those two locations, along with the surrounding mountain landscape, served as some of the primary filming locations in the glen. The opening scene of the movie features its stunning landscape, and many others were filmed along the river. 

The Calanais Standing Stones

Brave 

The Calanais Standing Stones are similar to the more popular, albeit just as old Stonehenge in the south. The site dates back to the Neolithic era, particularly the Bronze Age of humankind. Although the site is not as popular worldwide as its English sibling, it didn’t go unnoticed in the filmmaking world. In fact, it is these standing stones that inspired the creators of Brave for their design of the Ring of Stones . Furthermore, although the scenes featured in the movie are not technically filmed, but rather inspired by the location, their design is unmistakably similar to the real-life location on the Isle of Lewis . 

Filming locations in the UK: The Calanais Standing Stones

The Quiraing on the Isle of Skye

47 Ronin, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

Some of the most breathtaking Scottish landscapes are hidden in a remote area of the Isle of Sky , particularly in the Quiraing . The area in the north of the isle, on a ridge known as Trotternish , stretches along the coast, above the sea, and is a beloved hiking destination. Also, many filmmakers decided to use the beautiful landscape to their advantage. Thus, Quiraing can be seen in several movies. For example, the crew of 47 Ronin chose it for a location of the giant Buddha that was added to the landscape with CGI. Also, the landscapes of Quiraing are present throughout King Arthur: Legend of the Sword . 

Cloud Atlas, World War Z 

The metropolis on the River Clyde had long been an undiscovered gem when it comes to filming potential. Glasgow prides itself on its picturesque scenes and long history. Furthermore, the city’s versatility comes from its architecture: centuries-old buildings, as well as contemporary, make up the scenery of the city. Two movies utilized these qualities well. World War Z , a 2013 zombie apocalypse movie with Brad Pitt, was filmed in George Square and the streets of Glasgow. Also, the 2012 Cloud Atlas features the streets and squares of the city. However, Glasgow doubled as a different location in both movies: in World War Z as Philadelphia and as San Francisco and London in Cloud Atlas. 

glasgow

Clyde Arc, Glasgow

Isle of Harris 

2001: A Space Odyssey 

The Isle of Harris is widely known for its diverse, breathtaking landscapes. From stunning beaches to lakes and mountainous landscapes, the island treasures a lot worth exploring. However, perhaps the most famous location on the island is on its north. The rugged terrain resembles that of the Moon . Because of its lunar-like features, the area was used as a filming location in Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 2001: A Space Odyssey . In the movie, it doubled as the surface of Jupiter. The scenes in which the Isle of Harris appears play near the very end of the movie. The scenes are a bird’s eye-shot, and they were tinted in post-production to make the island appear even more out of this world. 

Edinburgh 

Trainspotting, Cloud Atlas 

Edinburgh has been the capital of Scotland since the 15th century. Hence, it is a city of rich history, stunning architecture, and lots of filming potential. The cobbled streets of Edinburgh are perhaps the most recognizable streets of Scotland. Perhaps the most famous movies featuring the city are Trainspotting and Cloud Atlas . The iconic opening of Trainspotting takes place in the streets of Edinburgh and was filmed on location. Furthermore, the 2012 blockbuster Cloud Atlas also used several locations in Edinburgh as a backdrop for its scenes, namely the Scott Monument, Victoria Terrace, and the City Chambers. 

Edinburgh

Neist Point, Island of Skye 

Breaking the Waves, 47 Ronin 

Neist Point lighthouse is one of the most famous landmarks on the Island of Skye , located in the west of the island. Although it is quite remote, and the road to the location can get dangerous during strong winds, the scenery of the location is absolutely breathtaking. It is also quite cinematic, especially during the sunset. Then, the sky turns cotton candy pink, and the colour beautifully matches the blue of the sea and the stunning, tall cliffs. Unfortunately, the potential of the location hasn’t been used much because it is difficult to access. However, Neist Point can still be seen in some movies. Namely, 1996 Breaking the Waves starring Emily Watson and 2013 47 Ronin starring Keanu Reeves. 

Durmlanrig Castle 

This 17th-century castle is one of the largest in Scotland, and certainly among the most recognizable. It has 120 rooms, and its interiors have many treasures. Namely, the original Rembrandt painting named Old Woman Reading . Furthermore, the castle is open for visitors who can take guided tours around the castle. Due to its facade made out of red sandstone, the castle is often nicknamed “ The Pink Palace ”. However, the fans of Outlander may recognize the castle for something else. The castle doubled as Duke of Sandringham’s estate and Bellhurst Manor in season 2 of the series. 

Kinloch Rannoch and Rannoch Moor 

Outlander, T2 Trainspotting 

The remote, scenic village Kinloch Rannoch in the Scottish Highlands isn’t often used as a filming location, but when it is – it serves as a backdrop for many iconic scenes. The village and a famous Rannoch Moor lie on the shore of Loch Rannoch , to which they owe their names. Furthermore, Kinloch Rannoch made its first prominent appearance in Outlander . One of the most iconic scenes of the series is the one in which Claire travels through time when she comes across Craigh na Dun . Also, it served as a backdrop in another iconic scene; the “It’s sh**e being Scottish” scene in T2 Trainspotting . 

Eilean Donan Castle 

The World Is Not Enough, Entrapment 

The 13th-century castle on a point where three sea lochs meet is one of the most visited landmarks in the Highlands . And rightfully so. The image of the romanesque castle on a small island, surrounded by beautiful lakes is hardly an image one can resist. Of course, the scenery has lots of cinematic potential. Hence, it has appeared in over 20 movies and series.  However, its most iconic appearances are those in James Bond: The World Is Not Enough with Pearce Brosnan and in Entrapment with Cathrine Zeta-Jones. In The World Is Not Enough , the castle doubled as Castle Thane’s headquarters. Also, the castle appears as Robert MacDougal’s castle in Entrapment . 

Filming locations in the UK: Eilean Donan Castle

Eilean Donan Castle

Northern Ireland 

The only part of the United Kingdom located on the island of Ireland has served as a filming location many times. However, its most notable appearances were in HBO’s Game of Thrones . 

Dark Hedges 

Game of Thrones 

The stunning avenue of beech trees was planted by the Stuart family nearly three hundred years ago. Since then, it has become one of the most photographed locations in Northern Ireland and a beloved tourist attraction. However, a layer of eerieness surrounds the avenue and makes it even more attractive. According to a local legend, the avenue is haunted by a spirit called the Grey Lady . Also, the location is recognizable due to it being a filming location of season 2 of Game of Thrones . In the series, the avenue appears as the King’s Road . 

Castle Ward 

Game of Thrones, Your Highness

The 18th-century mansion is abundant in character. It was built in two different styles of the time – the classical and the neo-gothic, both on the outside and the inside. This gives the mansion a unique and recognizable look and charm. However, it also has beautiful surroundings. Although it is certainly charming and versatile, the castle wasn’t a major filming location before Game of Thrones . It was when the crew chose the castle to double as Winterfell, and serve as a backdrop for Whispering Wood and Robb Stark’s Camp that it rose to fame. Furthermore, the castle served as a filming location for the 2011 fantasy comedy Your Highness . 

The murals of Derry/Londonderry

Derry Girls 

The murals of Derry are the most famous political murals in Europe. They first appeared on the streets in the sixties, during a political crisis in Northern Ireland known as The Troubles . The murals appear in several scenes in the 2018 series Derry Girls . Because the story takes place in the nineties during the aforementioned crisis, Derry – the second largest city in Northern Ireland – served as an important filming location. Because the murals are a significant part of the political climate of the time, it only made sense to feature them in the show. However, the series earned its own mural – the mural of the principle cast can be found on Badger’s Bar in Derry. 

Tollymore Forest Park 

Dublin Murders, Game of Thrones 

The park nestled at the foot of the Mourne mountains has served several times as a filming location. The forest park is beautiful and offers panoramic views of the mountains and the nearby sea. But, it also has a quality that makes it a fantastic location for various genres of movies and series. In Dublin Murders , the forest serves as a crime scene – a location where children go missing, and only one ever returned. Furthermore, another popular show chose it as a backdrop of important events in the story. Tollymore Forest Park doubled as the Winterfell forest in Game of Thrones , serving as a setting where the White Walkers arc began and ended. 

Ballycastle 

Ballycastle is a seaside city in County Atrim . Also, it is in Antrim Coast and Glens Area of Outstanding National Beauty. The city has charming architecture, beautiful locations, and is the very heart of the protected area. Because of these qualities, many visitors come to spend their holidays here each year. However, one of the most popular sites is just several minutes outside the city – the Fairhead cliffs known as the tallest cliffs in the area. Filming of season 7 of Game of Thrones took place here, namely the first three episodes. 

Causeway Coastal Route 

Grace and Goliath, Game of Thrones

The 190 kilometers long coastal route is among the most popular tourist destinations in Northern Ireland for a very good reason. The route is filled with breathtaking, unforgettable locations and landscapes. It has many locations one can explore, and it is extremely cinematic and photogenic. As such, it is a great filming location for various fantasy series. In fact, Game of Thrones utilized the location’s beauty and versatility to the maximum. Various destinations doubled as some of the most famous landmarks of the show; namely Dragonstone and Winterfell . Also, Causeway Coastal Route appeared in the 2018 movie Grace and Goliath which takes place in Northern Ireland. 

Giant’s Causeway 

Dracula Untold 

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8 Best UK Film Studios For Your Next Production

  • By Amy Clarke
  • May 27, 2022

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Are you looking for a studio for your next production? UK film studios and sound stages are available for hire for feature film and TV productions of any scale and genre.

You can find studios across the UK, including London, Scotland and Northern Ireland. They come in many different sizes, with a range of facilities, specialist equipment and an impressive list of production credits.

So, no matter how challenging your next production, you will find a studio that’s perfect for you. Below we have listed the top UK film studios and what they have to offer. This list includes film studios in London, Cardiff, Manchester and Edinburgh. 

Film Studios In London

1. 3 mills studios.

This is the largest central London based film studio. Traditionally a series of 16th-century mills, the buildings are now fixed up and running as professional studio spaces. It boasts nine stages, the largest 13,000 sq. ft, and you can combine multiple spaces to create a larger stage. 

As well as studios, 3 mills have a variety of additional facilities. This includes rehearsal rooms, production offices and a screening room. The studio is also happy to help you hire equipment, cast and crew up your production. 

2. Ealing Film Studios

There are a lot of film studios in London, and no studio list is complete without mentioning Ealing Studios. This is the oldest working film studio in the world. It’s supported some of the most well known films of the 20th century, and recent projects include Downtown Abbey (2010-1015).

In addition, Ealing still has two 1930s fully working silent and sound stages for recording clear sound. Most UK film studios come with a range of features such as dressing rooms. However, a unique feature of Ealing is its underwater tank stages.

3. Elstree Studios

Elstree is one of the oldest film studios in London. Its first feature film took place in 1926, and recent projects include Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011). It also has a huge 15,000 sq. ft sound stage which comes with a very high 50 ft ceiling. 

One of their key features is an on site production village. This is a collection of production facilities all in one place. Inside the village building, you will find film accountants, film law firms, catering, workshops and post-production facilities. 

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4. wolf film studios.

This is the largest film studio in Cardiff, Wales. In 2015, the film company Bad Wold built it to host TV productions such as Doctor Who (2005-2022) and His Dark Materials (2019). Wolf Studios features six stages and an enormous combined stage reaching 51,000 sq. ft.

The studio also comes with various production offices, including costume, make-up and green rooms. In December 2021, Sony Television Pictures announced a majority stake in Bad Wolf. As such, there will be more investment and facilities coming soon.

5. Cardington Studios

You will find the majority of UK film studios in major cities. However, Cardington studio is in central England, close to Cambridge. This allows it to have even more space, with four stages side by side that can combine into one 110,00 sq. ft studio. 

Unlike film studios in London, Cardington’s rural setting also lets it have 15 acres of additional exterior space. As such, this studio has hosted some of the largest film productions of the 21st century. Their past credits include Dark Knight (2008), Inception (2010) and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019). 

6. Space Studios Manchester

After London, Manchester is the second largest film hub in the UK. As well as eight stages (all of which are sound stages), they also have a huge 10,000 sq ft prop shop. This makes the space perfect for any large scale construction, set building or prop making.

Space Studios also comes with a selection of helpful features. This includes large production office rooms, green rooms, make-up and dress rooms. In addition, their rooms come with extra comforts such as shower rooms, laundry facilities and private gardens.

7. First Stage Film Studios

You can find professional UK film studios throughout England. However, filming in Scotland provides you with stunning exteriors and additional tax breaks. First Stage Studios only opened in 2020 and have since hosted high-end productions such as Avengers: Infinity War (2018).

They have one large, blackout 90,000 sq ft. sound stage. However, in 2021 First Stage received more investment which will see the site expanding. Current features include huge workshop spaces, office spaces and dressing rooms. They also have a unique 15m deep pit/build down space set.

8. Titanic Studios

HBO built this film studio, especially for their TV series Game Of Thrones (2011-2019). Since then, it has hosted many high-end TV and film productions, including the new Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves (2023). It features two large sound stages and four additional cell stages that are 80 ft in height.

All UK film studios on this list come with a number of additional features, and Titanic is no exception. All studios come with office space, green rooms and workshops. In addition, high-end TV dramas and animations that receive special tax breaks if filmed in Titanic Studios.

Wrapping Up – Best UK Film Studios

To sum up, there are many reasons you would film in a studio space instead of on location. A studio allows you to have complete control over the lighting and sound. They are also safe for stunt work and provide professional backgrounds for any SFX work.  

As you can see, there are film studios in London and throughout the UK ready for any production size. These studios cater for large and small crews putting no limits on creativity. Better still, many of them will do deals for smaller independent filmmakers.  

So, will you use a studio for your next production? We hope this list has helped break down UK film studios and what they have to offer.

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