Our places on the silver screen
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Visit one of our places, and walk in the footsteps of the stars.
From costume dramas and historical battles to fairy-tales and sci-fi adventures, our special places have provided backdrops to some unforgettable moments on the silver screen.
Here's just a few of the recent films that we've featured in:
- Jack the Giant Slayer: Cheddar Gorge in Somerset appeared as the giant's lair, complete with CGI swirling mists and stone gargoyles, in this re-telling of the famous fairy-tale.
- Summer in February: Cornish beaches, Holywell and Portcurno, lit up the screen in this First World War drama. The exposed rocky headland, shining sand and jagged rocks provided the perfect backdrop to the horseback sequences.
- Snow White and the Huntsman: Frensham Ponds in Surrey took centre stage as Snow White’s childhood home in this Gothic re-imagining of the Brother’s Grimm fairytale.
- Les Miserables: The Ashridge Estate in Hertfordshire doubled up as a Parisian forest in the film adaptation of the long-running stage musical and classic novel by Victor Hugo.
- Anna Karenina: The long gallery at Ham House in London was transformed into Vronksy’s grand apartments in St Petersburg, in this adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's great novel.
- John Carter: Ham House in London starred as a New York mansion in this live action adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs' sci-fi novels, John Carter of Mars.
- The Dark Knight Rises: Osterley Park and House, in West London, appeared as Wayne Manor in the final instalment of Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy.
- Sherlock Holmes, a Game of Shadows: The Stone Court at Knole in Kent played a Swiss castle in this action packed adventure following the world’s most famous detective.
- Never Let Me Go: Based on a book by Kazuo Ishiguro, Ham House and its gardens doubled as a traditional English boarding school.
- Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides: For the fourth instalment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Knole in Kent provided the setting for a gallows scene which saw an escape by Johnny Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow.
- Jane Eyre: Our holiday cottage White Peak Lodge made its way onto the silver screen in Cary Fukunaga’s adaptation of Charlotte Bronte’s novel.
- The Awakening: Located in the wild remoteness of the Peak District, Lyme Park in Cheshire was used to represent a secluded boarding school in this supernatural thriller.
- Burke and Hare: this British black comedy film, loosely based on the Burke and Hare murders was partly shot at Osterley Park and House in West London and Knole in Kent.
- Robin Hood: In Ridley Scott’s take on the classic tale, Freshwater West near Stackpole in Pembrokeshire was the backdrop to the climactic battle with the French.
- Alice in Wonderland: Tim Burton transformed Antony in Cornwall to a wonderland for his epic 3D version of Lewis Carroll’s classic.
- The Young Victoria: Ham House in London provided a number of backdrops for this biopic about Queen Victoria’s early life.
- The Duchess: Kedleston Hall in Derbyshire was chosen as one of the major locations for this period blockbuster about the life of Georgiana, the Duchess of Devonshire.
- The Other Boleyn Girl: Based on Philippa Gregory’s novel about the Boleyn sisters this adaptation featured three of our places. Knole's romantic courtyards and deer-park were transformed into a vision of Tudor London, Lacock Abbey was chosen as the site on which to recreate the now demolished Whitehall Palace, while Great Chalfield Manor became the Boleyns’ country home.
- Easy Virtue: Key scenes from Noel Coward’s timeless comedy of manners, starring Jessica Biel, Ben Barnes and Colin Firth, were filmed at the Wimpole Estate in Cambridgeshire.
- Miss Potter: The eagerly anticipated biopic of the celebrated children’s author used several Trust properties in the filming, including Beatrix Pottery Gallery and Tarn Hows in Cumbria.
- Pride and Prejudice: Back in 2005 Basildon Park, near Reading, played the role of Netherfield, the temporary home of the dashing and wealthy Mr Bingley.
- The Libertine: Charlecote, in Warwickshire, played a supporting role as its grounds were transformed into the East End of London, complete with pigs. It’s also said that Johnny Depp even took a bath in the brew house.