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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Spend the day playing at Lyme Park, House and Garden

Get transported back to Edwardian times, at the mansion and extensive grounds of Lyme Park.

Location: Disley, Cheshire

 

From Alice to Potter, scout out Gloucester's famous film locations

Seek out Gloucester’s cathedral and docks to see why the city is becoming such a firm favourite with film and TV producers in Hollywood and the UK.

Location: Gloucester, Gloucestershire

 

Discover Hampshire's famous film and TV locations

From War Horse and Les Misérables to Wolf Hall and Downton Abbey, visit the sets of some of our best-loved film and TV programmes, all based in Hampshire.

Location: Winchester, Hampshire

 

Majestic views at a Corfe Castle picnic

Enjoy breathtaking views at the majestic ruins of Corfe Castle in the perfect idyllic picnic spot.

Location: Corfe, Dorset

 
Stratford Literary Festival

Add Stratford Literary Festival to your list of things to do in April

Be in the company of celebrity authors and best-selling writers at this lively literary event in the UK.

Location: Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwickshire

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Midsomer Murders in the Chiltern Hills

Recognisable by many Midsomer Murders fans, The Stag and Huntsman is located in the beautiful village of Hambleden.

Location: Hambleden, Buckinghamshire

 

Find Byron's Nottinghamshire on the Byron Trail

Lord Byron was famous during his lifetime as a figure who could inspire love, romance, political change and liberation through his powerful works.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

 

Be captivated by the grandeur of Chatsworth

With its palatial surrounds and starring role in Pride & Prejudice, Chatsworth House is one of the Peak District’s most celebrated destinations.

Location: Bakewell, Derbyshire

 

Wander like Wordsworth around Ullswater

Take a trip to Ullswater and enjoy the fabulous lake and the crowd of golden daffodils which inspired the poet William Wordsworth.

Location: Ullswater, Cumbria

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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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