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

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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Eat and drink by the riverside, at The Trout pub, Wolvercote

Eat and drink by the riverside, at The Trout pub, Wolvercote

Sample local Oxfordshire food at this famously good pub on the banks of the River Thames.

Location: Wolvercote, Oxford

 
Magic and mystery in the Forest of Dean

Magic and mystery in the Forest of Dean

Follow in the footsteps of Dr Who, Merlin and Atlantis, explore the Clearwell Caves or ride through the forest on the steam railway.

Location: Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

 
Investigate the origins of Sherlock Holmes at Portsmouth Museum

Investigate the origins of Sherlock Holmes at Portsmouth Museum

Discover more about the creator of the iconic detective Sherlock Holmes at Portsmouth Museum.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

 
Seek out inspiring views atop Malham Cove

Seek out inspiring views atop Malham Cove

Follow in the footsteps of centuries of visitors – and more recently, filmmakers – to Malham Cove, a limestone amphitheatre in the Yorkshire Dales.

Location: Malham, North Yorkshire

 
July events: Step into Wonderland on Alice's Day

July events: Step into Wonderland on Alice's Day

Rediscover the charm of Wonderland with a fun-packed day of events on Oxford’s unique Alice’s Day.

Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire

 
Find romance in the depths of Thomas Hardy Country

Find romance in the depths of Thomas Hardy Country

Enjoy woodland walks and cosy inns, and immerse yourself in the romantic landscape that this renowned writer called home.

Location: Dorset

 
Go to the movies 1930s style at Tyneside Cinema

Go to the movies 1930s style at Tyneside Cinema

Live the glamour of 1930s cinema-going at this restored movie theatre, with free newsreel screenings, guided tours, a stylish bar and recent releases.

Location: NewcastleGateshead, Tyne and Wear

 
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

 
October Events: Read and be merry at the Ilkley Literature Festival

October Events: Read and be merry at the Ilkley Literature Festival

Book lovers simply can’t miss this prestigious literature event in the Yorkshire Dales, that's taking place between 4 and 20 October.

Location: Ilkley, West Yorkshire

 
Step into a Jane Austen novel at Hartland Abbey

Step into a Jane Austen novel at Hartland Abbey

Visit the historic house and filming locations of classic TV adaptations of Jane Austen and Rosamunde Pilcher novels, and step into the romance.

Location: Hartland, North Devon

 
September events: Live the sense and sensibilities of Jane Austen’s Bath

September events: Live the sense and sensibilities of Jane Austen’s Bath

Step into a Georgian world and explore the City of Bath that inspired one of England’s most famous writers.

Location: Bath, Somerset

 
Discover Lord Tennyson’s Somersby

Discover Lord Tennyson’s Somersby

Visit Somersby House, Tennyson’s birthplace, and the village’s "silent woody places" that featured in much of the Victorian poet’s work.

Location: Somersby, Lincolnshire

 
June events: Step back in time at Broadstairs Dickens Festival

June events: Step back in time at Broadstairs Dickens Festival

The usually quiet coastal town Broadstairs comes to life to celebrate the life of Dickens at this week-long, eclectic festival.

Location: Broadstairs, Kent

 
Be inspired by the grand Malvern Hills

Be inspired by the grand Malvern Hills

Enjoy great views on top of the Worcestershire Beacon and follow in the footsteps of writers and composers including Sir Edward Elgar and C.S Lewis.

Location: Malvern, Worcestershire

 
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

 
Lose yourself within the majestic rooms of Forde Abbey

Lose yourself within the majestic rooms of Forde Abbey

Pay a visit to Forde Abbey, which was recently the venue for filming a major scene in the 2015 film Far from the Madding Crowd.

Location: Chard, Somerset

 
Discover Devon's Literature Scene

Discover Devon's Literature Scene

Devon has provided inspiration for a host of literary greats down the centuries. Many of them lived in Devon, or stayed to be inspired for a time.

Location: Exmoor, Lynton & Lynmouth, Taw and Torridge estuaries, Braunton Burrows, Morte Point

 
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

 
Explore the Midsomer Murders locations

Explore the Midsomer Murders locations

Follow in the footsteps of Inspector Barnaby as you explore Causton, Midsomer Newton and more on the trail of the Midsomer Murders locations.

Location: Wallingford, Oxfordshire

 
Discover the fictional home of Home Fires

Discover the fictional home of Home Fires

Follow in the footsteps of the Great Paxford Women’s Institute with a visit to the picturesque Cheshire village of Bunbury.

Location: Bunbury, Cheshire

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