For film and TV lovers

Cobbled streets, rolling hills and Tudor mansions that we care for have been backdrops to countless film and TV shows. Featuring in costume dramas, fantasy worlds and fairy tales, you'll have seen stars performing dramatic scenes in many of our houses, castles and landscapes.

Lighting rigged up outside Montacute House, Somerset, during filming for the 2015 BBC adaptation of Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall

Visiting this spring 

Our gardens, parks and countryside locations are open. Cafés are offering a takeaway service and some outdoor seating is available at cafés in England only. Some shops are open in England and Wales but remain closed in Northern Ireland. All houses are currently closed. The safety of our staff, volunteers and visitors remains our priority. To avoid disappointment please book in advance, especially at busier times such as weekends and bank holidays. Please check the property webpage before you visit and follow government guidance.

Latest releases
The Dig, starring Ralph Fiennes and Lily James, is coming to Netflix on 29 January 2021

Delve into the past with The Dig 

Based on a novel by John Preston, Netflix’s new film adaptation of The Dig charts the fascinating archaeological excavation of the Great Ship Burial at Sutton Hoo, Suffolk in 1939. Many of the events and characters depicted in both the film and the book are inspired by real events and real people. Read on to discover the incredible true story of Sutton Hoo’s Anglo-Saxon past, and tune in to The Dig on Netflix from 29 January.

Factual series and documentaries

Our partnership with Sky
Dixie Egerickx (Mary Lennox) on set at Fountains Abbey, Yorkshire

Explore The Secret Garden film locations 

Since it was published in 1910, Frances Hodgson Burnett’s novel The Secret Garden has bewitched generations of children and adults alike. The star-studded film adaptation released on Sky Cinema in October 2020 breathed new life into the tale. Discover how places in our care proved the perfect settings for this retelling of the evergreen children’s classic.

Filming of The Mill at Quarry Bank

Filming enquiries 

Rugged coastlines, beautiful parks and graceful buildings. With thousands of years of history on our books, we can add character to whatever you're filming.

Discover more of our places on TV and in films

Browse all our articles on the role our places have played in countless film and TV productions over the years.


Poldark's filming locations

Ever wondered where the windswept cliff scenes in Poldark were filmed? Or whether you can visit the secret coves and mines of the hit BBC adaptation of Winston Graham's novels? Here's the inside knowledge on where to go and see the locations for yourself.


Behind the scenes of Belgravia

In 2016 Julian Fellowes, best known as the creator of Downton Abbey, released his historical novel Belgravia. Settings in the novel were inspired by two of the places we look after: Montacute House in Somerset and Attingham in Shropshire. Now things have come full circle as other places in our care starred in ITV's 6-part TV adaptation, which aired in spring 2020.


Downton Abbey comes to Lacock

Find out how the picturesque streets of Lacock in Wiltshire were transformed for the Downton Abbey movie, standing in for the village of Downton as it celebrates a royal visit.


Bringing Jane Austen to life

Over the years, some of the places we look after have played starring roles in TV and film adaptations of Jane Austen's novels. From Rosings to Pemberley, there are plenty to discover.


Game of Thrones filming locations

HBO's Game of Thrones® is known for its warring families, dragons and dramatic landscapes - but did you know that many of the places that we care for in Northern Ireland were used as locations for the show? Discover where you can follow in the footsteps of the Starks and the Lannisters.


Woodchester Park gets the royal treatment in The Crown Series 2

In a secluded valley, Woodchester Park offers visitors the unexpected. From an unfinished Victorian Mansion (not National Trust) to a chain of lakes, children's play trail, numerous walks and the chance to spot wildlife, Woodchester Park is well worth a day out.


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