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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Follow in the footsteps of the stars in Bath

Follow in the footsteps of the stars in Bath

Retrace the steps of Kiera Knightley, Reese Witherspoon, and Daniel Radcliffe to see famous film locations in the city and surrounding Bath villages.

Location: Bath, Somerset

 
Celebrate Portsmouth's literary heritage at BookFest

Celebrate Portsmouth's literary heritage at BookFest

Meet some of the UK's most beloved authors in an annual literary festival for the whole family.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

 
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, Milton Keynes

 
Discover ‘All Creatures Great and Small’ in Yorkshire

Discover ‘All Creatures Great and Small’ in Yorkshire

Tour Yorkshire writer and vet James Herriot's original home, recreated to look just as it did in the 1940s, in the picturesque town of Thirsk.

Location: Thirsk, North Yorkshire

 
Visit Shrewsbury Abbey, fictional home of Brother Cadfael

Visit Shrewsbury Abbey, fictional home of Brother Cadfael

Visit Shrewsbury Abbey and follow in the footsteps of Cadfael, the monastic sleuth, where the books and TV series were set.

Location: Shrewsbury, Shropshire

 
Tread in the footsteps of the stars on the Yorkshire Coast

Tread in the footsteps of the stars on the Yorkshire Coast

Visit the most popular film locations on the Yorkshire Coast and North York Moors and follow in the footsteps of stars such as Catherine Zeta-Jones, Ewan McGregor, Bill Nighy and Danielle Radcliffe.

Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire

 
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

 
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

 
Go behind the scenes at MediaCityUK’s BBC Tour

Go behind the scenes at MediaCityUK’s BBC Tour

Find out what goes on behind the BBC camera and have a go in front of it.

Location: Salford, Greater Manchester

 
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

 
A muggle's guide to Harry Potter filming locations

A muggle's guide to Harry Potter filming locations

From the quirky streets of Diagon Alley to the imposing beauty of Hogwarts Castle, celebrate the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by discovering the locations of some of the series’ most iconic scenes.

 
On location with the world’s most popular heritage railway

On location with the world’s most popular heritage railway

Ride along with the North Yorkshire Moors Railway as it takes a starring role, from Dad’s Army to Harry Potter.

Location: Goathland, North Yorkshire

 
Take a tour of Beatrix Potter's Lake District

Take a tour of Beatrix Potter's Lake District

Mountain Goat offer superb minibus tours of the Lake District – discover much-loved author Beatrix Potter’s favourite countryside on a half-day trip.

Location: Lake District, Cumbria

 
Experience York's Literature Festival

Experience York's Literature Festival

Rub shoulders with best-selling authors as York gets all bookish.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

 
Lose yourself in Neverland at Nottingham Arboretum

Lose yourself in Neverland at Nottingham Arboretum

The Arboretum just outside Nottingham’s city centre is said to be the inspiration behind J.M. Barrie’s classic children’s tale ‘Peter Pan’.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

 
Explore the murderous locations behind Agatha Christie's books

Explore the murderous locations behind Agatha Christie's books

Explore the places in the English Riviera and South Devon that inspired Agatha Christie’s well-known books, following the trail to her favourite spots.

Location: Torquay, Devon

 
Rainy Day Activities: Enter the magical Warner Bros Studio Tour

Rainy Day Activities: Enter the magical Warner Bros Studio Tour

Step inside the wizarding world of Harry Potter at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London and feel the films magically come to life.

Location: Leavesden, Hertfordshire

 
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

 
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

 
The Enchanted Hideaway for Hobbit Enthusiasts

The Enchanted Hideaway for Hobbit Enthusiasts

Stay in a magical hobbity hideaway set in the secluded gardens of West Tyning Bed and Breakfast.

Location: Bath, Somerset

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