I’m massively into movies, and I have been known to fangirl when I’ve visited certain UK film locations (#sorrynotsorry). There’s loads of great places where really famous movies have been filmed and they make for a great day trip. For most of us, holiday season has been and gone, so it’s nice to get away for a day and visit somewhere cool. Here are a few great UK film locations you can check out. Some are free to visit as well, which is a bonus!
Durham Cathedral, Durham
The Harry Potter movies were filmed at Durham Cathedral; it acted as one of the Hogwarts courtyards. Avengers Infinity Wars was also partially filmed here, but it didn’t make it into the first movie. It’s unknown at the moment whether the scenes were cut, or whether they’ll feature in the second movie. It’s quite cool to think that Iron Man and Captain America were running around the place though! Durham is only about a 20-minute drive from where I grew up so I’ve been there quite a few times. It’s a really majestic place to visit and you can also check out places like Durham Castle, which is right next to it, while you’re there. In summer, you can hire out a boat too and row down the river which gives you a great view of the cathedral.
© Matt Buck
Chatsworth House, Derbyshire
The 2005 adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice used Chatsworth House as the location for Mr Darcy’s Pemberley estate. Chatsworth House is a beautiful stately home in the heart of Derbyshire. Me and Tom went to visit it earlier this year and I loved it. There’s a horse and carriage you can take a ride on, and the gardens and architecture are fantastic. The art inside the house itself is beautiful, and it just a really great place to visit. I felt very Jane Austen-esque as I walked around the place! It’s best to buy tickets online in advance as it does get busy, and there’s different price levels depending on what parts you want to see.
Malham Cove, Yorkshire
Another Harry Potter location: the beautiful Malham Cove. It features in the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 as one of the locations Harry and Hermione stop at on their hunt for Horcruxes. It’s in the Yorkshire Dales and the scenery is fantastic. It’s a very popular place to walk around and a perfect place for exploring the Yorkshire countryside. There’s so many great spots in Yorkshire if you’re into nature and a good walk. You can check a few of them out in one of my other blog posts.
© Warner Bros.
Notting Hill, London
Notting Hill is one of my favourite movies of all time. I adore my rom coms so that’s a big statement for me! When I was living in London, visiting Notting Hill was one of my top priorities. It’s one of the poshest areas in London, so it’s a great place to visit if you just want to gape of some spectacular houses as well! When I went, I visited the infamous Portobello Road Market where Hugh Grant walks around. A TV crew were filming Bargain Hunt while I was there which was sort of cool – in a weird way. I also had to go visit “the house with the blue door” – if you’ve seen the movie, you’ll know what I mean. There’s loads of famous UK film locations in London, so do your research and you’ll find loads more to visit while you’re there.
Knebworth House, Hertfordshire
Knebworth House is a one of the top choices for UK film locations. The Oscar-winning movie, The King’s Speech, was partially filmed here. So was Nanny McPhee, and Knebworh House even starred as Wayne Manor in Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman movie. It’s a fantastic Gothic, Tudor-style stately home. Many stars have walked around this place, so it’s a must-visit for film lovers. The house, park and gardens are now shut now until Spring which is a shame; they only open up to the public for a few months of the year. It’s probably best to see a place like this in its’s full glory rather than in the freezing cold and drizzle, so pop it in your diaries for next year!
These are just a handful of the many awesome UK film locations, and they’re some of my favourites. They can be a really cheap day out and can be a good chance to visit other parts of the country that you may not have been to before. I’d definitely recommend visiting as many of them as you can!