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UK Filming Locations

With the release of Google Pixel’s Mobile Cinema, the nation is on a treasure hunt to discover the filming locations of some of the most loved and most watched films.

With this in mind, we decided to share the filming locations of some of our favourite UK films, as well as where you can watch them for yourself. So whether you want to head outdoors and discover these locations for yourself, or if you fancy a cosy night in front of the TV and a marathon of your absolute favourite films, we have you covered.

Discover the filming locations of some of your favourite UK films…

1. Skyfall 

Glencoe, Scottish Highlands

Glencoe in the Scottish Highlands is one of the most dramatic and iconic backdrops visible in the 2012 James Bond installment, Skyfall.

Skyfall sees Bond returning to his Scottish roots, when he takes M back to his childhood home in Glencoe to protect them both from villain Silva.

What’s more, there is a long and fascinating relationship between Bond and Scotland; Ian Fleming wrote a Scottish backstory for his protagonist after becoming enamoured with Sean Connery’s portrayal in the early films. In 1969’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Bond reveals that his father is from Glencoe.

Want to know more? Discover a host of James Bond filming locations in the UK.

Where can I watch Skyfall?

Skyfall is available to rent or buy on Amazon Prime Video.

2. Fantastic Beasts and where to find them

St. George's Hall, Liverpool

Follow in the footsteps of the fantastic beasts with a trip to Liverpool.

This Harry Potter spin-off follows the adventures of Newt Scamander, played by Eddie Redmayne, and is set approximately 70 years before Harry Potter walked the famous halls of Hogwarts.

The film is set in New York City in 1926, but some of its iconic scenes were actually filmed in Liverpool. The rally for the US senator who is campaigning to be elected Governor was actually filmed at St George’s Hall.

Where can I watch Fantastic Beasts and where to find them?

You can catch Fantastic Beasts on Now TV, or you can rent or buy it from Amazon Prime Video.

3. Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Derwent Water, Lake District

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Episode VII) is set 30 years after Return of the Jedi and sees Luke, Leia, Hans, et al continuing their fight in the Resistance.

The lush planet of Takodana draws remarkable resemblance to several Lakeland locations. With the help of CGI, the castle of Maz Kanata can be seen on Derwent Water, and as the Millennium Falcon arrives there, the fells of Maiden Moor and Cat Bells are visible in the background.

If you’re quick, you’ll also spot X-wings flying across the waters of Thirlmere.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is one of several iconic films that was partly filmed in the Lake District.

Where can I watch Star Wars: The Force Awakens?

Stream this one on Disney+, Now TV, or buy it on Amazon Prime Video.

4. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 and Part 2

Hardwick Hall

Hardwick Hall makes an appearance in the Harry Potter film franchise as the home of the Malfoy family; Malfoy Manor.

The exterior of the 16th century Elizabethan country house, located in Derbyshire, was used as the inspiration for Malfoy Manor in the final two installments of the film series; Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 and Part 2.

Measurements of Hardwick Hall’s interiors were also taken so that the production team could recreate the National Trust property at a film studio. If you’re a huge fan of all things Potter, be sure to read more about Harry Potter filming locations.

Where can I watch Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 and Part 2?

Rent or buy both of these installments on Amazon Prime Video.

5. Pride and Prejudice

stanage edge

The 2005 Pride and Prejudice film, starring Kiera Knightley, features several fantastic Peak District filming locations, including the iconic Chatsworth House and the picturesque Stanage Edge, seen above.

In a scene from the film, Knightley’s character, Elizabeth Bennet, stands on top of Stanage Edge, a natural gritstone slope, and looks out onto the Derbyshire Moors.

You can enjoy spectacular views across the Peak District from Stanage Edge, with a panorama that spans the Derwent & Hope Valleys,  as well as the peaks of Mam Tor and Kinder Scout.

Where can I watch Pride and Prejudice?

Enjoy Pride and Prejudice on Netflix or Amazon Prime Video.

6. Hot Fuzz

Wells Cathedral, Somerset

The film crew of 2007’s Hot Fuzz descended on Wells, the smallest city in England, to capture Simon Pegg’s Nicholas Angel, a London police officer, who is transferred to a small and seemingly quiet town that turns out to have a dark secret.

This charming city in Somerset plays a huge part in the action comedy, with many scenes filmed in the streets and at the Market Place. Visitors to the city can enjoy seeing all these filming locations, and you can even embark on a guided walking tour to learn more.

Where can I watch Hot Fuzz?

Hot Fuzz is included in both Netflix and Amazon Prime Video memberships.

7. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

Blenheim Palace

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, the fifth instalment in the action series, was partly filmed in Oxfordshire at the spectacular Blenheim Palace.

The Tom Cruise-fronted franchise, that has been active since 1996, has often used the UK for parts of filming, and Rogue Nation was no exception. A lot of scenes for this film were shot across London, but memorably, the scene of the black-tie charity ball took place at Blenheim Palace, the home of the Dukes of Marlborough.

This UNESCO World Heritage Site was gifted to the Duke of Marlborough in the early 18th century in recognition of his victory at the Battle of Blenheim and is surrounded by a stunning Capability Brown park.

Where can I watch Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation?

This instalment of the Mission Impossible series is available on Amazon Prime Video.

8. Snow White and the Huntsman

Langdale Pikes

The 2012 re-imagining of the Walt Disney classic, starring Kristen Stewart and Charlize Theron, beautifully depicts some of the UK’s most fairytale-like scenery.

Lake District lovers should be able to recognise the National Trust land of the Langdale Pikes, displayed in the background as Snow White treks through the wilderness on her way to reclaiming her throne.

Theron and Stewart stayed in Windermere during filming and were spotted enjoying a drink in an Ambleside pub one evening, to the disbelief of locals.

Where can I watch Snow White and the Huntsman?

You can catch this one on Netflix, or you can rent or buy it on Amazon Prime Video.

9. Notting Hill

Portobello Road, London

Notting Hill is undoubtedly one of the most iconic rom-coms of the 90s, and part of this is due to its colourful London backdrop.

The film is set between LA and London, and sees famous movie star Anna, played by Julia Roberts, fall in love with Hugh Grant’s English gentleman, Will Thacker, who owns an independent travel bookshop on London’s iconic Portobello Road.

It’s inside the bookshop that Roberts delivers the iconic ‘I’m just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her’ line.

Where can I watch Notting Hill?

Notting Hill is included in a Netflix subscription, or you can rent or buy it on Amazon Prime Video.

10. The Da Vinci Code

Belvoir Castle, Leicestershire

Think the Da Vinci Code and you’re probably transported to Paris, which makes perfect sense, considering the film centres around a murder that takes place inside one of Paris’ most iconic attractions, the Louvre.

But some of the inspiration for the screen adaptation of this best-selling Dan Brown novel comes from Leicestershire. Belvoir Castle to be exact.

Exterior shots of the historic castle, along with a little help from CGI, created the Pope’s summer residence, Castle Gadolfo, which actually overlooks Lake Albano near Rome.

Where can I watch the Da Vinci Code?

This one is available on Netflix and to rent or buy on Amazon Prime Video.

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