Our places on the silver screen
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From costume dramas to fantasy and fairy tales, the historic houses and stunning landscapes we look after have provided backdrops to some unforgettable moments on the silver screen. Visit these special places to walk in the footsteps of the stars or take part in your own adventures.
Recent films featuring places we look after:
Into the Woods (2015) – Ashridge Forest, Hertfordshire
The ancient woodland of Ashridge Forest works its magic in the fairy tale musical Into the Woods as the home of some of the Brothers Grimm’s most famous characters.
Mr. Turner (2014) – Petworth House and Park, West Sussex
Mr. Turner explores the last quarter century of the life of landscape painter JMW Turner. It was filmed in part at Petworth House and Park which Turner visited frequently as the guest of his patron the third Earl of Egremont.
Dracula Untold explores the origins of the Dracula myth with the Giant’s Causeway stones doubling as a fictional mountain in Transylvania. The Italian Garden at Mount Stewart plays the grounds of Dracula’s castle while Divis and the Black Mountain are depicted in battle scenes.
Maleficent (2014) – Ashridge Forest, Hertfordshire
Maleficent reveals the untold story of a classic fairy tale villain. The ancient beech and oak woodland of Ashridge Forest appears as the Enchanted Forest, home to the vengeful fairy Maleficent.
Jack the Giant Slayer (2013) – Cheddar Gorge, Somerset
Cheddar Gorge is the giant’s lair in Jack and the Giant Slayer. With the help of CGI the gorge is given a mystical make-over complete with swirling mists and stone gargoyles spouting waterfalls.
The beaches of Holywell and Porthcurno provide the perfect backdrop for horseback sequences in the romantic drama Summer in February, based on the life of the artist Alfred Munnings.
Chosen for its large rooms and grand interiors Osterley House is a convincing Wayne Manor in The Dark Knight Rises. The secret passage hidden behind a bookcase in the library is the entrance to Batman's bat cave. Henrhyd Falls Brecon Beacons is the waterfall covering the cave’s entrance.
Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) – Frensham Ponds, Surrey
Frensham Ponds takes centre stage as Snow White’s childhood home and the scene of a dramatic battle in Snow White and the Huntsman, a Gothic re-imagining of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale.
Anna Karenina (2012) – Ham House, Surrey
The 2012 adaptation of the classic tale of love and adultery sees Ham House transformed into grand Russian apartments in Anna Karenina. The Long Gallery is picture-perfect as Vronsky’s grand but empty St Petersburg apartment.
Les Misérables (2012) – Ashridge Estate, Hertfordshire
Frithsden Beeches on the Ashridge Estate stands in for countryside on the outskirts of Paris in the midwinter where Jean Valjean makes his dramatic entrance in Les Misérables.
John Carter (2012) – Ham House, Surrey
A grand waterfront house on the southern bank of the Thames, Ham House doubles as a New York mansion on the Hudson River in the sci-fi adventure film John Carter.
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011) – Knole, Kent
The Stone Court at Knole appears as the courtyard of a Swiss castle in the action-packed adventure Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows following the world’s most famous detective as he pursues his adversary Professor Moriarty.
Jane Eyre (2011) – White Edge Lodge, Derbyshire
Our holiday cottage White Edge Lodge on White Edge Moor in Derbyshire makes a star turn in Jane Eyre as the home of the Rivers family who take Jane in after she flees from Mr. Rochester.
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011) – Knole, Kent
For the fourth instalment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Knole in Kent provides the setting for the gallows from which Captain Jack Sparrow makes a lucky escape.
The Awakening (2011) – Lyme Park, Cheshire
Located on the edge of the Peak District, Lyme Park represents a secluded boarding school, the sight of an apparent haunting, in the supernatural thriller The Awakening.
Robin Hood (2010) – Freshwater West, Pembrokeshire
The climactic battle against the French in Robin Hood is played out on Freshwater West beach. Cliffs were added using CGI to make the beach appear as the White Cliffs of Dover.
Freshwater West is the backdrop for beach scenes featuring Dobby the elf in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 and is the location of Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour‘s Shell Cottage. Lavenham Guildhall is also transformed into Harry Potter’s parents’ derelict house in the fictional village of Godric's Hollow.
Alice in Wonderland (2010) – Antony House, Cornwall
The classically beautiful Antony House, a beguiling mix of the formal and informal, is thrown into the spotlight by Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland.
Never Let me Go (2010) – Ham House, Surrey
Ham House is seen as a traditional English boarding school in Never Let Me Go, a dystopian sci-fi drama based on the novel by Kazuo Ishiguro.
Both Knole and Osterley Park and House feature in Burke and Hare, a black comedy about two 19th century grave robbers loosely based on the Burke and Hare murders.
Ham House and Osterley Park and House appear on screen in The Young Victoria, a biopic of Queen Victoria’s early life as she struggles to establish her authority as monarch in a patriarchal society.
Other films featuring places we look after:
- Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (2009) – Lacock Abbey, Wiltshire
- The Duchess (2008) – Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire
- The Other Boleyn Girl (2008) – Lacock Abbey and Great Chalfield Manor and Garden, Wiltshire and Knole, Kent
- Easy Virtue (2008) – Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire
- Miss Potter (2006) – Beatrix Pottery Gallery and Tarn Hows, Cumbria
- Pride and Prejudice (2005) – Basildon Park, Berkshire
- The Libertine (2004) – Charlecote, Warwickshire
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) – Lacock Abbey, Wiltshire
- Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone (2001) – Lacock Abbey, Wiltshire