Six film locations

  • 13 May 2013

We've picked the sets of our favourite films, from small-screen gems like Pride and Prejudice to Hollywood hits like Never Let Me Go.

1. Ham House and Garden, London
Free entry with National Art Pass

Ham House featured as Hailsham School in the 2010 film adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro's 2005 novel Never Let Me Go, starring Keira Knightley. Today, this 17th-century house combines fine interiors with historic gardens and a sublime view of the Thames.

2. Lyme Park, Greater Manchester
Free entry with National Art Pass

The grounds of this spectacular Tudor-cum-Italian palace were host to one of the most iconic moments in British television: Mr Darcy, played by Colin Firth, emerging from the lake in the 1995 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. Visitors to Lyme can enjoy not only the lake but a range of impressive tapestries and beautifully furnished rooms.

3. Newby Hall and Gardens, North Yorkshire
Reduced price entry with National Art Pass

The historic mansion house of Newby Hall was the set of another Austen adapatation: the 2007 television series Mansfield Park with Billie Piper. Designed by Sir Christopher Wren with interiors by Robert Adam, Newby and its 25-acre grounds make for a fantastic day out.

4. Clandon Park House, Surrey
Free entry with National Art Pass

A number of scenes from The Duchess, the 2008 film biopic about 18th-century aristocrat Georgiana Cavendish, were filmed on location at Clandon Park. The centrepiece of this grand mansion is a magnificent marble hall, and its collection contains paintings, furniture and porcelain.

5. The Royal Pavilion, Brighton
Free entry with National Art Pass

Brighton's iconic Royal Pavilion has been used in a number of films, including Ian McKellen's Richard III and the 1999 film adaptation of Graham Greene's The End of the Affair. The Pavilion's fantastic exterior, designed by Henry Holland and John Nash, houses one of Britain's finest collections of chinoiserie.

6. Eltham Palace, London
Free entry with National Art Pass

When it came to adapting Evelyn Waugh's fantastic Brideshead Revisited for the small screen, the Courtaulds' Art Deco palace was the perfect period residence. The glamour of Eltham's 20th-century interiors is set among ancient surroundings – 19-acres of garden featuring a medieval bridge.

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