Britain has long been a popular place for making movies, not least because of the history and diversity of landscape in such a small area! But you might be surprised to find out where some of your favourite movies and tv shows have been filmed – and they’re not always where you think they are!


One of England’s iconic castles, and a popular filming location – but two of the most well known franchises are completely different! Alnwick Castle was not only the exterior location for Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films (notably the Quidditch lesson in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone), but it also served as Brancaster Castle in two Christmas specials for Downton Abbey


Oxford is synonymous with the Inspector Morse TV series, but did you know this was also a filming location for films including The Golden Compass, The History Boys and Brideshead Revisited? It was also used for the early Harry Potter films, and a replica of the Great Hall was built at the Harry Potter Studio as part of the Hogwarts set


The Royal Crescent in Bath is an iconic historic site, which has often been used as a filming location. Most recently, Number One Royal Crescent has been used as the home of the Featherington family in the Brigerton TV series.


Home of the Railway Children, the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway in Yorkshire has been used in two adaptations of Edith Nesbit’s famous novel, firstly starring Jenny Agutter in 1970, and the most recent film in 2022


Falkirk is perhaps not the place you expect to find a French-style Chateau, yet Callendar House is exactly that! The kitchen has been used as the filming location for a pivotal scene at the Duke of Sandringham’s home in the popular Outlander TV series.


Castle Howard is probably most famous as the filming location of both the 1981 and 2008 versions of Brideshead Revisited, but did you know it also served as the Duke of Hastings’ country home in TV Series Bridgerton?


Sycamore Gap is one of the iconic locations on Hadrian’s Wall, and is also known as Robin Hood Tree due to featuring in a key scene in Kevin Costner’s 1991 film: Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. It has also appeared in TV series Vera and a TV series featuring Robson Green


Doune Castle in Scotland is very well-preserved, and many movies and series have been filmed here, including Monty Python and the Holy Grail, which used the site extensively. It has also featured as Castle Leoch in Outlander and Winterfell in Game of Thrones!


Who could forget Colin Firth emerging from the lake in the 1995 BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice? This scene, and other scenes at Pemberley, were filmed at the National Trust Property Lyme Park in Cheshire


You’d be forgiven for wondering what a stately home in Gloucestershire has to do with Cornish hero Poldark – well, the lovely Chavenage House also doubles as Trenwith, the Poldark family mansion, in the TV series adaptation starring Adrian Turner


What do Father Brown, Tess of the D’Urbervilles and Martin Chuzzlewit have in common? All three TV adaptations were filmed at Sudeley Castle, which is also the only private castle in England with a Queen buried in its ground – Queen Katherine Parr

What other filming locations have you visited?

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