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The most iconic film locations to visit in the UK

From Downton Abbey to The Dark Knight Rises, discover these well-known UK movie locations

Many of the world’s most famous films have been shot at beautiful locations across the UK, highlighting some of our best attractions – all of which are assessed by VisitEngland. Find out more details about where they are, and how you can visit them.

Our favourites include:


Period film locations

With a host of historic houses across the UK there is no shortage of iconic sets for period films to use. Here are some of our favourites:

Period black comedy film, The Favourite, starring Olivia Coleman and Emma Stone is set at Hatfield House in Hertfordshire. The house is steeped in over 400 years of history, with gardens that offer 40 acres of tranquillity and centuries of historical treasures collected by the Cecil family.

A popular TV drama turned film, Downton Abbey chose Beamish museum as part of the set for Tom Branson’s garage and the museum also provided several period vehicles used in the film. Beamish offers a rich insight into the heritage of North East England with a world-famous open-air museum covering the everyday life of the 1820s, 1900s and 1940s.

18th-century society film, The Duchess, was filmed at Holkham Hall in Norfolk. The hall’s famous staircase features in many of the scenes in the Duke’s house. The house is open to visitors and you can learn about the magnificent family home of the Earl of Leicester. You can also explore the stunning surrounding park by hiring bikes or boats and visit the beautiful walled garden.

Chatsworth House provided the beautiful exterior shot for the illustrious Mr Darcy’s home in the 2005 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice starring Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen. The seat of the Duke of Devonshire, Chatsworth is a beautiful place to visit featuring spectacular gardens, artwork and even an organic farm.

Superhero film locations 

The Dark Knight Rises features scenes at Wollaton Hall in Nottingham. The hall provided a perfect backdrop for eerie scenes and visitors can enjoy the 500 acres of historic deer park, formal gardens, a lake, nature trails, and adventure playgrounds. 

The gargoyle-strewn and battlement-topped Knebworth House provided the ideal exterior for Batman as well as a memorable scene in its Banqueting Hall ('How's the soup?'). The original Tudor Manor includes formal gardens, a herb garden, a maze, a walled kitchen garden and a dinosaur trail, comprising 72 life-size models grazing amongst the trees. 

Fantasy film locations

At the end of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Jack and Gibbs are transported to ‘St James Palace’ after their trial which is actually filmed in Hampton Court Palace’s courtyard. Located in London, one of the iconic courtyard’s most famous inhabitants was Henry VIII when he took it over from Cardinal Wolsey in 1529 and the site holds a number of events and exhibitions depicting the lives of the Tudors who lived there. The palace gardens are equally stunning, from the world-famous maze and grape vine to the ornamental gardens.

Oxford is home to several Harry Potter locations and the Oxford walking tours will take you on a magical sight-seeing tour of set locations. Spots include the Hogwarts infirmary, the library, the staircase outside the dining hall and the oak tree where one of the characters is turned into an animal.  

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