Our places on the silver screen

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:

Carey Mulligan in Far From The Madding Crowd

Far from the Madding Crowd (2015) 

The latest film adaptation of Thomas Hardy's literary classic Far From the Madding Crowd included a two week shoot at Claydon in Buckinghamshire. Its remote location and stunning interiors provided the perfect setting to represent William Boldwood’s mansion.

The Fountain of Love at Cliveden in Buckinghamshire

Cinderella (2015) 

Iconic features found in the gardens at Cliveden proved picture-perfect inspiration for Disney’s live-action film, Cinderella.

Emily Blunt and James Corden in Into the Woods

Into the Woods (2015)

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.

Timothy Spall in Mr Turner

Mr Turner (2014) 

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

Luke Evans in Dracula Untold

Dracula Untold (2014) 

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.

Angelina Jolie in Maleficent

Maleficent (2014) 

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.

Rocks at Cheddar Gorge

Jack the Giant Slayer (2013)

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.

Stars of Summer in February on Holywell beach

Summer in February (2013) 

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.

The East front with the 'transparent' portico at Osterley, Middlesex

The Dark Knight Rises (2012) 

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.

Scenes from Snow White and the Hunstman

Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) 

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. The crew also visited Marloes Sands in Pembrokeshire, where they filmed Kristen Stewart leading a charge across the sands.

The Long Gallery at Ham House, Richmond

Anna Karenina (2012) 

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.

Autumn view through a woodland alley, Ashridge Estate

Les Misérables (2012) 

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.

The north front of Ham House, Richmond-upon-Thames, Surrey.

John Carter (2012) 

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.

Looking along the wall of the Stone Court at Knole, Kent

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)

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.

White Edge Lodge Holiday cottage in the moorland landscape setting

Jane Eyre (2011)

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.

The west front of Knole, Kent

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)

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.

View across the lake to Lyme Park

The Awakening (2011) 

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.

Film crew checking a scene during filming for Mapp and Lucia (2014)

Robin Hood (2010)

The climactic battle against the French in Robin Hood is played out on Freshwater West beach, part of the Stackpole Estate. Cliffs were added using CGI to make the beach appear as the White Cliffs of Dover.

The Roofline of the Guildhall of Corpus Christi at Lavenham, Suffolk

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (2010)

Freshwater West in Pembrokeshire and Lavenham Guildhall in Suffolk both provided locations for the penultimate Haryr Potter film. Freshwater West is the location of Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour‘s Shell Cottage, while Lavenham Guildhall became Harry Potter’s derelict childhood home in Godric's Hollow.

Yew hedge and house in the mist at Antony

Alice in Wonderland (2010)

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.

The south front of Ham House in Richmond, London

Never Let Me Go (2010)

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.

The Great Hall at Ham House, with its original black and white marble floor

The Young Victoria

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 our places