Photography and filming at Berrington Hall

A girl holding up a camera and looking through it

We love that our visitors can capture special moments on camera and share these with us, but for those who are looking to use National Trust locations for anything other than personal use, here's a handy guide for photography and filming at Berrington.

Visitor Photography

All visitors to Berrington are allowed to take photos for their own private use and are permitted without flash in the mansion. Any requests from individuals wishing to sell or publish photographs should be directed to

Professional and commercial photography

The National Trust does not permit photography or filming at its properties for commercial use or for reproduction in any form without consent from National Trust Images. Images taken at National Trust properties may not be submitted to photo libraries, agencies or on-line providers or provided directly to image buyers. 

All requests for permission to undertake professional photography, including wedding/engagement photography, or commercial photography of any kind at Berrington should get in touch with us directly by emailing

Drone photography

All aerial activity above our sites is prohibited and we do not allow private drone flights by visitors or the general public for the following reasons:

  • CAA regulations state that drones should not be flown above or near to people. As our properties often have staff living or working on site, visitors present or have open access, unauthorised drone flying is both illegal and potentially puts people at risk.
  • Drones should not be flown near a property; the special nature of our properties makes the risk of damage more severe
  • Few non-commercial users have the correct training or permission from the Civil Aviation Authority to operate drones.
  • If a drone causes damage or harm, pilots generally do not have the correct insurances, or level of insurances, to adequately compensate those affected.   
  • Some sites may have wildlife or agricultural animals, or animals which are sensitive to disturbance, such as birds and deer herds, which could be alarmed or stressed by the presence of drones, especially at breeding times.  
  • Many drones have cameras attached and these could infringe data protection laws (filming people without permission) and potentially could contravene National Trust rules on commercial photography and filming.
  • The presence of drones can impinge on the quiet enjoyment of our sites by other visitors and therefore potentially presents a public nuisance risk.  

Location release

Professional photographers will be aware of the legal importance of gaining permission to feature houses, gardens or parkland in their work. A location release provides a binding contract between the photographer and the National Trust whereby we grant written permission for the photographer or filmmaker to create a film, video, photoshoot or similar productions on our land. This is common practice for any owned land in the UK and it is unusual to find anywhere that doesn't require permission for professional photography, so if in doubt, always contact the location prior to your arrival on site. 

Editorial photography permit scheme

Eligible professional photographers can now acquire an annual license from National Trust Images to take photographs out of doors on pay-on-entry National Trust land for editorial use. For further information about the scheme please email:

Thank you

Thank you for your cooperation with legal guidelines. We look forward to receiving your professional and commercial photography requests.