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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6 festive favourites filmed in England

6 festive favourites filmed in England

The turkey has been devoured and the Christmas pud set alight, so now it’s time to settle down on the sofa (wrapped up like a pig in blanket) ticking off the hefty list of festive films in the Christmas TV Guide. But before you get too comfy, check out these flicks that were filmed in locations across England.

 
Journey to the centre of England

Journey to the centre of England

Head to the geographic centre of England, the Forest of Bowland, via pretty English villages, traditional pubs and film and literature locations.

Location: Ribble Valley, Lancashire

 
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

 
Visit poet William Wordsworth's most famous home

Visit poet William Wordsworth's most famous home

See where the author of ‘Daffodils’ was inspired to write most of his work and take a guided tour of Dove Cottage, his home.

Location: Grasmere, Cumbria

 
Explore the West Bay coastline as seen on TV’s Broadchurch

Explore the West Bay coastline as seen on TV’s Broadchurch

Soak up the picture-perfect setting used in the TV series Broadchurch as you explore West Bay on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast.

Location: West Bay, Dorset

 
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

 
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

 
Visit New Place, Shakepeare's final home

Visit New Place, Shakepeare's final home

Walk in Shakespeare's footsteps in the site of his final home, New Place.

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
Discover Laurie Lee Country

Discover Laurie Lee Country

Take inspiration from the BBC adaptation of the classic novel ‘Cider with Rosie’ and follow in the footsteps of author Laurie Lee through the Slad Valley.

Location: Slad village near Stroud, Gloucestershire

 
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

 
Enjoy splendiferous fun at the Roald Dahl Museum

Enjoy splendiferous fun at the Roald Dahl Museum

Ever wondered where Charlie and the Chocolate Factory started or what a Bogtrotter cake might taste like? This family-friendly museum has answers for children and adults of all ages.

Location: Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire

 
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

 
 Follow in the footsteps of Sherlock Holmes around Bristol

Follow in the footsteps of Sherlock Holmes around Bristol

Visit the filming locations in Bristol used in the recent BBC series featuring Benedict Cumberbatch.

Location: Bristol

 
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

 
Adventure like the Famous Five in Dorset

Adventure like the Famous Five in Dorset

Visit the Isle of Purbeck on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast, which is said to have inspired Enid Blyton's books.

Location: Purbeck, Dorset

 
Experience the locations that have inspired great literature

Experience the locations that have inspired great literature

The constantly changing scenery, dramatic landscapes and distinctive character of Yorkshire’s people have all been sources of literary inspiration.

Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire

 
Explore Rottingdean, the home of Rudyard Kipling

Explore Rottingdean, the home of Rudyard Kipling

Step into the world of Rudyard Kipling by visiting his traditional English gardens in Rottingdean, near Brighton and Hove.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

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