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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A literary delight in Buckingham Old Gaol

A literary delight in Buckingham Old Gaol

This 18th century prison is now home to the Flora Thompson collection, renowned author of the semi-autobiographical trilogy, Lark Rise to Candleford.

Location: Buckingham, Buckinghamshire

 
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

 
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

 
See Harry Potter and Downton Abbey sets in Alnwick

See Harry Potter and Downton Abbey sets in Alnwick

Relive scenes from hit TV shows and movies in the magnificent setting of Alnwick Castle, a popular destination for film crews.

Location: Alnwick, Northumberland

 
Run wild on Holkham Beach

Run wild on Holkham Beach

Miles of white-gold sand with dunes and sandpits along the Norfolk coast.

Location: Holkham, Norfolk

 
Visit much-loved author Beatrix Potter’s home

Visit much-loved author Beatrix Potter’s home

Uncover the life of the children’s author and illustrator as you explore the enchanting landscapes that inspired her.

Location: Near Sawrey, Hawkshead, Cumbria

 
Take in 'Swallows and Amazons' landscapes on a relaxing cruise

Take in 'Swallows and Amazons' landscapes on a relaxing cruise

Take a trip around the landscape used in the film ‘Swallows and Amazons’ and discover what inspired Arthur Ransome to write his famous book.

Location: Derwentwater, Cumbria

 
Woo your true love in Stratford-upon-Avon

Woo your true love in Stratford-upon-Avon

Relax by the river, recite a romantic sonnet, indulge yourself in Shakespeare’s England. It is a heavenly break for you and your true love.

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

 
Recreate the real Alice in Wonderland’s river trip

Recreate the real Alice in Wonderland’s river trip

Take an Oxford River Cruise trip along the Thames just like the real Alice in Wonderland many years ago.

Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire

 
Follow the trail of the Brontë sisters in Birstall

Follow the trail of the Brontë sisters in Birstall

Visit Red House and Oakwell Hall in Birstall, both frequented by the Brontë sisters and which featured in Charlotte Brontë’s famous novel Shirley.

Location: Birstall, West Yorkshire

 
Take a television Tour of the BBC

Take a television Tour of the BBC

Step inside the exciting world of broadcasting on one of the BBC’s award-winning tours.

Location: Bristol

 
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

 
Join a Blue Badge Guide on a Portsmouth literary tour

Join a Blue Badge Guide on a Portsmouth literary tour

Arrange a private tour or join one of the weekly walks and talks covering a massive range of topics including Dickens and Authors of Portsmouth.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

 
Pay a visit to Virginia Woolf’s Monk’s House

Pay a visit to Virginia Woolf’s Monk’s House

Travel back in time to see how the poets, artists, intellectuals and philosophers of the Bloomsbury Group lived.

Location: Lewes, Sussex

 
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

 
Follow in the footsteps of filmmakers in Lancashire

Follow in the footsteps of filmmakers in 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

 
Discover DH Lawrence country

Discover DH Lawrence country

Discover DH Lawrence country on the edge of Nottingham and follow in the footsteps of the county's most controversial literary hero.

Location: Eastwood, Nottinghamshire

 
Take a London Film Locations Tour

Take a London Film Locations Tour

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

Location: London, Greater London

 
See Dartmoor's famous film and TV locations

See Dartmoor's famous film and TV locations

'(I have) Never before, in my long and eclectic career, been gifted with such an abundance of natural beauty as I experienced filming War Horse on Dartmoor.' -Steven Spielberg

Location: Dartmoor, Devon

 
Walk in the footsteps of Phillip Larkin

Walk in the footsteps of Phillip Larkin

Trace Phillip Larkin’s footsteps across the city of Hull where you feel that wherever he was, Larkin was simply 'here'.

Location: Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire

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