Film locations and film festivals

Did you know that many parts of England have been stars of the big screen? Our country’s picturesque landscapes, magnificent castles and bustling cities have proven to be a popular choice for many filmmakers when shooting Hollywood blockbusters, so recreate scenes from your favourite film whilst on a tour of the UK's film locations, from Alnwick Castle grounds where Harry Potter first played quidditch to the cosmopolitan streets of Notting Hill. But the excitement doesn't end there for you film buffs; you will be spoilt for choice with the various film festivals that take place throughout the country celebrating independent films, foreign cinema and everything in-between.

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Cast a spell at Arley Hall and Gardens

Cast a spell at Arley Hall and Gardens

Explore the magical home of multi-part movie, 'Evermoor', a Disney production filmed at Arley Hall and Gardens in Cheshire's Northwich.

Location: Northwich, Cheshire

Gardens and Parks
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Discover the real Downton Abbey

Discover the real Downton Abbey

Re-enact your favourite scenes from the much-loved period drama at Highclere Castle before retiring to London Lodge, a Georgian Grade II-listed gatehouse on-site.

Location: Highclere, Hampshire

Castles and Historic Properties
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Take a 'Christmas Carol’ Guided Tour

Take a 'Christmas Carol’ Guided Tour

Join a Christmas Carol guided tour to see some of the film’s most memorable locations.

Location: Shrewsbury, Shropshire

Tours and trails
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Get stuck into a flick at the Cornwall Film Festival

Get stuck into a flick at the Cornwall Film Festival

Get involved in a unique celebration of local and international films at the Cornwall Film Festival.

Location: Newquay, Cornwall

Coastal towns
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Join a walking tour of film locations and stories from the world of Harry Potter

Join a walking tour of film locations and stories from the world of Harry Potter

See London in a different light as you wander around the locations where Harry Potter came to life.

Location: London, Greater London

Tours and trails
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Visit the location of The Railway Children

Visit the location of The Railway Children

Step back in time and relive the famous story of The Railway Children. Watch steam trains puff along the valley and visit key locations in the film.

Location: Haworth, West Yorkshire

Literature, film and TV
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Bram Stoker Film Festival

Bram Stoker Film Festival

Distinctly dark surprises on the east coast in October.

Location: Whitby, North Yorkshire

Events
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Visit the real Downton Abbey

Visit the real Downton Abbey

Do you love period drama? Want to follow in the Crawley family’s footsteps? Experience the setting of Downton Abbey at Hampshire’s Highclere Castle.

Location: Newbury, Hampshire

Castles and Historic Properties
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Follow filmmakers’ footsteps on a 'Trip' around Lancashire

Follow filmmakers’ footsteps on a 'Trip' around Lancashire

For film fans, visiting Lancashire for the first time can lead to a feeling of déjà vu... Lancashire is no stranger to the small or big screen.

Location: Lancashire

Culture
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Give cultural films a go at Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival

Give cultural films a go at Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival

Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival gives you the chance to watch films you won’t find in your local cinema in a range of unusual surroundings.

Location: Berwick-Upon-Tweed, Northumberland

Culture
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Visit the home of the WWII codebreakers at Bletchley Park

Visit the home of the WWII codebreakers at Bletchley Park

Once Britain’s best kept secret, this major visitor attraction was also the filming location for The Imitation Game starring Benedict Cumberbatch.

Location: Bletchley, Buckinghamshire

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Spend a day exploring the sights in the Wiltshire Cotswolds

Spend a day exploring the sights in the Wiltshire Cotswolds

In the north west of Wiltshire, the Cotswolds encompasses the honey-pot village of Castle Combe and the picturesque market town of Malmesbury.

Location: Wiltshire Cotswolds, Wiltshire

Areas of outstanding natural beauty
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Get to work in The Mill

Get to work in The Mill

Quarry Bank Mill and Styal Estate was a filming location for the TV programme The Mill.

Location: Wilmslow, Cheshire

Castles and Historic Properties
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See where ‘Little Voice’ was filmed on Yorkshire’s coast

See where ‘Little Voice’ was filmed on Yorkshire’s coast

Visit Scarborough and follow in the footsteps of Jane Horrocks as she played her role in ‘Little Voice’, the 1998 BAFTA and Oscar nominated film.

Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire

Coastal towns
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London Film Locations Tour

London Film Locations Tour

A whizz around London's famous film backdrops, visiting around 40 different locations.

Location: London, Greater London

Culture
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Explore Hogwarts' Great Hall at Warner Bros. Studio Tour

Explore Hogwarts' Great Hall at Warner Bros. Studio Tour

Step inside Hogwarts' Great Hall at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter and feel the films magically come to life.

Location: Leavesden, Hertfordshire

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Lights, camera, Oxford – a screen tour to remember

Lights, camera, Oxford – a screen tour to remember

From Inspector Morse to Harry Potter, don't miss a stop on this trip through Oxford's greatest screen moments.

Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire

Activities
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Discover Cornwall’s rugged landscape on the Poldark Trail

Discover Cornwall’s rugged landscape on the Poldark Trail

Saddle up for Hallagenna’s horse riding trail across Bodmin Moor, taking in some of the stunning filming locations behind the BBC’s Poldark remake.

Location: Cornwall

Culture
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Take a tour round Stokesay Court

Take a tour round Stokesay Court

Stokesay Court was the setting for the mansions scenes in the film version of Ian McEwan's best selling novel, “Atonement”.

Location: Craven Arms, Shropshire

Literature, film and TV
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Picture Mr Darcy coming out of the lake

Picture Mr Darcy coming out of the lake

The magnificent house, gardens and deer park at Lyme Park was the filming location for the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice.

Location: Lyme Handley, Cheshire

Castles and Historic Properties

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