Alan Titchmarsh's location highlights

This spring, Alan Titchmarsh is lead presenter on Channel 5's new series, Secrets of the National Trust, an insider’s view of some of the finest houses, estates, cottages, gardens and landscapes in the country. His six-part journey around the Trust delights him at every turn, triggering memories of his mother and his first ever gardening book. Read on to find out some of his top location picks.

The Lyme Missal, deemed the most important printed book in the National Trust

Lyme, Cheshire

‘It has got to be the Caxton prayer book at Lyme; to hold a book from 1487 in your hands is magical. The clock collection is also stupendous. I was allowed to go and wind several, including the turret clock. I could spend all day looking at them.’

Inside the abbey Cellarium

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden, North Yorkshire

‘The cellarium of Fountains Abbey, which was the refectory, is astonishing, with an enormous vaulted roof. But I also love the gardens, the water reflections of the Moon Pond and the simplicity of Studley Royal.’

The garden in summertime at Hill Top, Cumbria

Hill Top, Cumbria

'From one of the rooms at Hill Top I saw the view in Samuel Whiskers that I knew as a child, the winding lane with a stone wall either side. It made the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end.’

Virginia Woolf by Vanessa Bell / Monk's House

Knole, Kent

‘I’m a book man, and at Knole I was specially shown the Virginia Woolf manuscript for Orlando, which she wrote about Vita Sackville-West. It was the purple ink,hand-written manuscript. That was a real moment.’

Exterior view of Quarry Bank Mill

Quarry Bank, Cheshire

‘The machinery at Quarry Bank is incredibly powerful.There is one piece of machinery that is about 75ft (23m) long and winds cotton onto bobbins. It marches towards you.’

View of the front of the Mansion at Attingham Park

Attingham Park, Shropshire

‘There is the most astonishing table setting at Attingham. It is set up with an ormolu (gilt bronze) candelabra. It shines like a royal banquet.’

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

For film and TV lovers 

Ever wondered where films and programmes set in cobbled streets, rolling hills and Tudor mansions were filmed? Many of the houses, castles and landscapes we care for have been locations for much-loved films and TV shows. Here, we go behind the scenes on the set of Game of Thrones, The Hollow Crown, Dr Thorne and many more.