Literature, film and TV

Literature, film and TV locations

Many of our famous writers have been inspired by the drama of the landscape. Wordsworth loved the light on a Cumbrian lake. The wildness of the Yorkshire Moors compelled Emily Bronte to write Wuthering Heights. The misty marshlands of Kent feature in many of Charles Dickens’ novels, and the rural idylls of Dorset were beloved by Thomas Hardy. But if writing a great English novel is not on your agenda, visit one of the many stately homes which are regularly used for film locations and TV locations. Make your own costume drama at houses like Highclere Castle, the setting of the fictional Downton Abbey.

Literature, film and TV locations

Literature, film and TV

Many of our famous writers have been inspired by the drama of the landscape. Wordsworth loved the light on a Cumbrian lake. The wildness of the Yorkshire Moors compelled Emily Bronte to write Wuthering Heights. The misty marshlands of Kent feature in many of Charles Dickens’ novels, and the rural idylls of Dorset were beloved by Thomas Hardy. But if writing a great English novel is not on your agenda, visit one of the many stately homes which are regularly used for film locations and TV locations. Make your own costume drama at houses like Highclere Castle, the setting of the fictional Downton Abbey.

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Spend the day playing at Lyme Park, House and Garden

Spend the day playing at Lyme Park, House and Garden

Get transported back to Edwardian times, at the mansion and extensive grounds of Lyme Park.

Location: Disley, Cheshire

 
From Alice to Potter, scout out Gloucester's famous film locations

From Alice to Potter, scout out Gloucester's famous film locations

Seek out Gloucester’s cathedral and docks to see why the city is becoming such a firm favourite with film and TV producers in Hollywood and the UK.

Location: Gloucester, Gloucestershire

 
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

 
Explore the ruins of Ashby Castle

Explore the ruins of Ashby Castle

Sir Walter Scott’s classic novel of 1819, Ivanhoe featured Ashby Castle as the backdrop to the famous jousting scenes.

Location: Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire

 
Retrace the footsteps of John Keats in Winchester

Retrace the footsteps of John Keats in Winchester

You don’t have to work up a sweat to follow in the footsteps of one of our greatest romantic poets – it’s actually a very pleasant walk!

Location: Winchester, Hampshire

 
Enjoy a luxurious camping trip at Crafty Camping

Enjoy a luxurious camping trip at Crafty Camping

Luxury glamping in a beautiful forest setting alongside Guy Mallinson’s Woodland Workshop, featured in the BBC Mastercrafts series.

Location: Holditch, Dorset

 
Explore the hidden depths of Ripon Cathedral

Explore the hidden depths of Ripon Cathedral

Dominating the Ripon skyline, this ancient cathedral has inspired more than one literary hero and has one of the oldest Saxon crypts in the country.

Location: Ripon, North Yorkshire

 
Drink in Bristol's Oldest Pub- the Llandoger Trow

Drink in Bristol's Oldest Pub- the Llandoger Trow

Explore Robert Louis Stevenson's original inspiration for the Admiral Benbow pub in Treasure Island.

Location: Bristol

 
Follow the films to Lacock

Follow the films to Lacock

Step into the historic charm of Lacock, where you can explore abbeys, museums, and country houses.

Location: Chippenham, Wiltshire

 
Explore picturesque Clevedon, as seen on TV’s Broadchurch

Explore picturesque Clevedon, as seen on TV’s Broadchurch

Take your time exploring the coastal town of Clevedon near Bristol – filming location for the TV series Broadchurch.

Location: Clevedon, Bristol

 
Follow in the footsteps of Poldark

Follow in the footsteps of Poldark

Explore the Wiltshire town that became Truro in series one of Poldark.

Location: Corsham, Wiltshire

 
Play Pooh sticks in Ashdown Forest

Play Pooh sticks in Ashdown Forest

Take a walk through the magical wood where Christopher Robin, Winnie-the-Pooh, Piglet, Rabbit, Tigger and Eeyore roam.

Location: Hartfield, East Sussex

 
Follow in the footsteps of Jane Austen

Follow in the footsteps of Jane Austen

Explore the city that inspired one of England’s most famous novel writers.

Location: Bath, Somerset

 
Follow in the footsteps of Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Follow in the footsteps of Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Step into the world of the Romantic poets, following the Coleridge Way from the Quantock hills, across Exmoor, to the dramatic North Devon coast.

Location: Nether Stowey to Lynmouth, Somerset to North Devon

 
Read and be merry at the Ilkley Literature Festival

Read and be merry at the Ilkley Literature Festival

Book lovers simply can’t miss this prestigious literature event in the Yorkshire Dales, taking place between 28 September and 14 October.

Location: Ilkley, West Yorkshire

 
Step back in time and live like Wordsworth in Cumbria

Step back in time and live like Wordsworth in Cumbria

A visit to Wordsworth House and Garden is a unique opportunity to experience late 18th-century life at first hand.

Location: Cockermouth, Cumbria

 
Where was The Crown filmed?

Where was The Crown filmed?

Set in the 1950s, the no-expense-spared Netflix series The Crown features some of England’s most regal locations, all providing a lavish backdrop for the story of our reigning monarch’s early years. Here, Ali Grice rounds up five key filming locations for The Crown...

Location: Hatfield, Hertfordshire

 
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

 
Take a literary tour through Lancaster

Take a literary tour through Lancaster

The Literary Lancaster two and a half mile walking tour takes you on journey into a range texts which have been inspired by the ancient city.

Location: Lancaster, Lancashire

 
Ride the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway

Ride the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway

This exciting heritage steam railway runs through the picturesque Yorkshire countryside where the classic movie The Railway Children was filmed.

Location: Keighley, West Yorkshire

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