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.

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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.

Dorset

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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.

Oxford, Oxfordshire

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Step into Wonderland on Alice's Day

Step into Wonderland on Alice's Day

Rediscover the charm of this enduring classic with a fun-packed day of events each year on the 1st July in Oxford

Oxford, Oxfordshire

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Re-live the Good Old Days at the City Varieties Music Hall

Re-live the Good Old Days at the City Varieties Music Hall

The Good Old Days are back with a little help from the country’s top-performing acts.

Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire

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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

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Follow Bradford's movie trail

Follow Bradford's movie trail

The eclectic city of Bradford in West Yorkshire has been the backdrop for many famous English movies and is the world's first UNESCO City of Film.

Location: Bradford, West Yorkshire

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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

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Explore TV and movie hotspots in Manchester

Explore TV and movie hotspots in Manchester

Manchester has appeared on sets in many well-known television and film productions; explore the city as seen on screen.

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

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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

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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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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

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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

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Follow in the footsteps of Tolkien on the Tolkien Trail

Follow in the footsteps of Tolkien on the Tolkien Trail

From the twin towers of Stonyhurst College to the dramatic countryside of the Ribble Valley, follow in the footsteps of JRR Tolkien.

Location: Hurst Green, Lancashire

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Discover Charles Dickens’ Broadstairs

Discover Charles Dickens’ Broadstairs

Go to the quaint part of Kent that was inspiration to novelist Charles Dickens and drew him to return time and time again.

Location: Broadstairs, Kent

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Explore Lyme Regis

Explore Lyme Regis

Wander round narrow streets and along the South West Coastal Path.

Location: Lyme Regis, Dorset

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Discover Charles Dickens’ Medway

Discover Charles Dickens’ Medway

Discover how Medway inspired novelist Charles Dickens, who lived in Chatham as a child when his father was transferred to Chatham Dockyard in 1812.

Location: Kent

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Picture Mr Darcy coming out of the lake

Picture Mr Darcy coming out of the lake

The magnificent house, gardens and deer park at Lyme Park was the filming location for the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice.

Location: Lyme Handley, Cheshire

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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

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Watch films for free at the Tyneside cinema

Watch films for free at the Tyneside cinema

If the sound of free cinema and cheap drinks is up your street, then Tyneside Cinema’s free film night could be just thing.

Location: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

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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

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