Six film locations

Published 9 February 2016

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.


Ham House and Garden

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.

Lyme Park

Lyme Park

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.


Newby Hall and Gardens

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.



Magnificent Chatsworth is the ancestral home of the Dukes of Devonshire, so there could hardly have been a better location for the 1998 film The Duchess, based on the story of Georgiana Spencer Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire in the 18th century. The stately mansion is an artistic treasure house filled with Old Masters, and modern sculptures decorate the extensive gardens.


Royal Pavilion

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.


Eltham Palace

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 glamorous 20th-century interiors are set in ancient surroundings – the remnants of a Tudor palace and 19 acres of garden featuring a medieval bridge.

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