Lights, camera, action. Our houses, gardens and countryside estates could be the perfect film set...

The filming of Burke and Hare at Knole in Kent © Megan Taylor

The filming of Burke and Hare at Knole in Kent

Film Office

The Film Office was set up in 2003 to manage the significant interest in filming at our properties. We now handle up to 250 enquiries a month and between 3 and 8 crews are filming with us each day. We very much welcome filming and accommodate projects large and small from feature films such as Alice in Wonderland, The Dark Knight Rises and Pride and Prejudice to fashion photo shoots, documentaries and TV dramas.

Your film shoot

If you’d like to film or carry out a photo shoot at one of our sites (building, coastline or countryside) you’ll need to contact us. We'll act as your liaison with the properties and book you in, set fees and check that you hold at least £5m worth of public liability insurance.

Once all the details are agreed we'll issue the filming or photo shoot contract. As soon as the contract has been signed by us and yourselves, you can access the site to film or photograph. The invoice follows after the shoot.

Make a booking

For commercials, short films, editorial stills, advertising stills and documentaries you'll need to email us and we'll send you a short form to complete. Return this along with a copy of your public liability document showing that you hold cover of at least £5m. We'll then get back to you. For TV dramas and feature films please call us first on 020 7824 7128 or 020 7824 7129.

Fees

We are a charity so fees are chargeable for all shoots and VAT will be added on top of this. The income goes to the property that the filming took place at. Rates for documentary crews start at £150/ per hour for the time on site plus staff time if applicable, but depend on how many crew and what exactly you want to do. Costs for TV dramas, music videos, commercials and feature films and photo shoots are provided on request.

Need help finding a location?

Please call us on 020 7824 7128 or 020 7824 7129 if you’re not sure where you want to film and are looking for help finding somewhere suitable.

You may find our online library useful for inspiration, or take a look at some of the major filming projects shot at our properties.

Browse our houses and buildings

The 14th-century Bodiam Castle in East Sussex © Will Past

The 14th-century Bodiam Castle in East Sussex

We've over 300 buildings in our care, from castles and mansions, to pubs and cottages, lighthouses, bothies and even a goldmine.

Gorgeous gardens and parks

The grand gardens of Dyffryn House in South Wales © Andrew Butler

The grand gardens of Dyffryn House in South Wales

We have exquisite gardens from all eras - Medieval, Tudor, Stuart, Georgian, Victorian and 20th-century gardens.

The coast and countryside

Old Harry Rocks near Studland, Dorset © Fay Godwin

Old Harry Rocks near Studland, Dorset

We care for 750 miles of coastline around England, Wales and Northern Ireland and hundreds of acres of countryside including some of the most breathtaking scenery.

Sites and monuments

The Cerne Giant is 180ft tall and is Britain’s largest chalk hill figure © NTPL/National Trust Images

The Cerne Giant is 180ft tall and is Britain’s largest chalk hill figure

Some of Britain's most historic and iconic sites and monuments are in our care, including stone circles, Cornish tin mines and even the Cerne Abbas Giant.

Copyright

To take photographs of our sites without models or products (for books, magazines etc), including getting permission for photographs already taken, please email Chris Rowlin, our rights manager.

Licences

Editorial photography permit scheme
Eligible professional photographers can now acquire an annual license from National Trust Images to take outdoors photographs on pay-on-entry Trust land for editorial use.

Please note

The Film Office does not handle queries about student photo shoots and filming, wedding photography, news crews and radio. Please contact the property directly. Thanks.