Mr. Turner (2014)
Petworth House and Park, West Sussex Awards
Mike Leigh's award-winning film, Mr. Turner explores the last quarter century of landscape painter, JMW Turner. Leigh filmed for just over a week at Petworth House, which was the seat of one of Turner's greatest patrons - the third Earl of Egremont, played by Patrick Godfrey in the film. Turner famously had the run of the house when he visited, and annexed the enormous library as his art studio, which is vividly brought back to life in the film.
From 10 January to 11 March 2015 Petworth House hosts Mr. Turner – an exhibition, which will feature major artworks and original items belonging to Turner himself, together with props and visuals from the film. Opening Times: House open 14 March – 4 November, Mon, Tue, We, Sat and Sun, 11am – 5pm. Pleasure grounds, shop and restaurant open 10am – 5pm every day. Closed 24 & 25 December.
For more information visit Petworth House
Into the Woods (January 2015)
Ashridge Forest, Hertfordshire
Ashridge was the inspiration for the enchanted forest in the recent Disney blockbuster Maleficent. Now Ashridge works its magic again in Disney's forthcoming live-action fairytale musical, Into the Woods. In cinemas from January 2015, the ancient woodland has been transformed (with some computer graphics trickery) into the home of some of the Brothers Grimm's most famous characters. No stranger to the limelight the woodland at Ashridge has appeared in Les Misérables, Sleepy Hollow and Harry Potter.
Opening Times: Estate open all year, dawn to dusk. Visitor centre and shop closed 24 & 25 December.
For more information visit Ashridge Estate.
Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)
Frensham Ponds, Surrey
Frensham Ponds in Surrey took centre stage in the film Snow White and the Huntsman, a Gothic re-imagining of the classic Brother's Grimm fairytale, Snow White. One of the most dramatic battle scenes took place at a quaint fishing village on the shores of a lake. This village was in fact built on the shores of Frensham Ponds, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), Special Site of Scientific Interest (SSSI), a Special Protection Area (SPA) and a Special Area of Conservation (SAC), no less.
Opening Times: open all year, dawn to dusk.
For more information visit Fresham Little Pond.
Anna Karenina (2012)
Ham House, Surrey
In Anna Karenina, Joe Wright's adaptation of the classic tale of love and adultery, Ham House, in Richmond-upon-Thames was transformed into grand Russian apartments. The Long Gallery on the first floor of the house with its opulent Baroque decor, fine oil paintings and parquet floor meant it was picture-perfect to play the role of Vronsky's grand but empty apartments in nineteenth century St Petersburg. Situated within the M25, Ham is regarded as one of the best-kept secrets in the British film industry with location managers appreciating its versatility and directors seduced by its good looks. Recent shoots include Disney's John Carter, Never Let Me Go and The Young Victoria.
Opening Times: House open 13 March – 1 November, 12pm - 4pm. Garden, below the stairs, shop and café open all year, 10am – 5pm. Property closed on 25 & 26 December.
For more information visit Ham House.
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)
The cast and crew from Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows came to Knole, transforming the stone court into the courtyard of a Swiss castle for the arrival of Professor Moriarty, arch-enemy of Conan Doyle's famous detective. Geoffrey Rush came to film crucial scenes for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. While in 2008, it took centre stage for the adaptation of Philippa Gregory's bestselling novel, The Other Boleyn Girl, the story of the Boleyn sisters, Anne and Mary, as they competed for love of King Henry VIII. In reality, Knole has a link to King Henry himself. He was so impressed by the beauty of Knole that in 1538 he asked Thomas Cranmer, his Archbishop of Canterbury, to hand the property over to him.
Opening Times: Outdoor Café open daily (except 24 and 25 December). Show rooms, visitor centre, Bookshop Café and courtyards open 7 March 2015. Gardens open 7 April – 29 Sep 2015. Please note: some of the exact locations of filming are not open to the public.
For more information visit Knole.
Jane Eyre (2011)
White Edge Lodge, Derbyshire
This holiday cottage made its way to the silver screen in Cary Fukunaga's adaptation of Jane Eyre. Surrounded by wide expanses of open heather moorland, this cottage has breathtaking views in all directions. The lodge sleeps five and has many interesting and original interior features including a kitchen in the former game cellar and a beautifully designed bathroom with a fine moorland view from the bathtub.
For more information visit White Edge Lodge.
Alice in Wonderland (2010)
Antony House, Cornwall
This classically beautiful house is a beguiling mix of the formal and informal, and was famously thrown into the spotlight by the adaptation of Alice in Wonderland, directed by Tim Burton. Filming took place over nine days back in September 2008, transforming the grounds and creating a ‘mini village' of catering trucks and hair and make-up tents.
Opening Times: Garden, shop and tea-room, 1 April – 28 May, Tue, Wed, Thur, 12pm – 5pm, 2 June – 30 August, Tue, wed, Thur, Sat, 12pm – 5pm, 1 September – 29 October, Tue, wed, Thur, 12pm – 5pm.
For more information visit Antony House.
The Duchess (2008)
Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire
Designed to impress and amaze, Kedleston is a stunning example of eighteenth century architecture and it comes as no surprise that it was chosen as one of the major locations for the period blockbuster, The Duchess. Starring Keira Knightley, the film delves into the life of Georgiana, the Duchess of Devonshire, who lived a life of political and romantic intrigue in the eighteenth-century. Filming at Kedleston spanned four weeks and at least six different rooms in the property were used.
Opening Times: Hall open 7 March – 1 November, Mon, Tue, wed, Thur, Sat, Sun, 12pm – 5pm. Park and pleasure grounds open every day 1 Jan – 6 March, 10am – 4pm, 7 March – 1 November, 10am – 6pm, 2 November – 31 December, 10am – 4pm.
For more information visit Kedleston Hall.
Harry Potter films (2001-2009)
Lacock Abbey, Wiltshire
The Abbey at the heart of Lacock Village has experienced its fair share of the limelight. Founded in 1232 and converted into a country house in the 1540s, the atmospheric monastic rooms include medieval cloisters, a sacristy and chapter house. The Abbey's cloisters and side rooms were transformed into the magical classrooms of the famous ‘Hogwarts', while the village was a backdrop for outdoor scenes with Harry and Dumbledore. The Abbey was also immortalised as the beautiful chambers of Catherine of Aragon for filming of The Other Boleyn Girl.
Opening Times: Abbey cloisters and grounds, museum, tea-room and shops open 2 January – 13 February, 11am – 4pm, 14 February – 1 November, 10.30am – 5.30pm, 2 November – 31 December, 11am – 4pm.
For more information visit Lacock Abbey.