National Trust Film Locations

Hardwick Hall
And the winner for Best Location would be... the National Trust

Showcasing ‘the best of British’ to an international audience, thousands of visitors are inspired to visit properties after seeing them on the big screen. With 15 high profile shoots every year, and on average filming taking place on one of its properties every day, the National Trust is paving the way for future blockbusters and Oscar winners.

Some of the National Trust’s recent stars:

Antony, South West England - Alice in Wonderland

For over 9 days in September 2008 this classically beautiful house was transformed into the mesmerising and beguiling set of Time Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. Easy to see why it was chosen, Antony possesses a captivating mix of the informal and formal.

Hardwick Hall, East Midlands - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 & 2

Hardwick Hall

Used as the location for Malfoy Manor in the final two instalments of the Harry Potter films, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 & 2, Hardwick Hall played a key role in the film, being the HQ for Lord Voldemort and the Death Eaters.

Ham House & Garden, London - Never Let Me Go

Characterised by immaculate grounds and a grand exterior, the historic Ham House & Garden was arguably a surprising choice for the setting of the film adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro’s best-selling novel Never Let Me Go. Transformed into the beguiling and atmospheric children’s home ‘Halisham’, Ham House beat hundreds of locations to feature in the film which also stars Keira Knightley and Carey Mulligan.

Osterley Park & House, Middlesex - Gulliver’s Travels

For two days in 2009 the blockbuster Gulliver’s Travels was on location at Osterley Park & House in Middlesex. The entrance hall was used as a princess’ bedroom for the hit, which grossed $190 million worldwide.

Lacock Abbey, South West England - Harry Potter and the Halfblood Prince, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and The Other Boleyn Girl

Lacock Abbey

At the heart of Lacock Village is the atmospheric Abbey, founded in 1232 and later converted into a striking country house in the 1540s. Medieval cloisters, a chapter house and sacristy make up the impressive monastic rooms which have experienced a fair amount of celebrity in their time.

The cloisters and side rooms were magically transformed into classrooms at Hogwarts in Harry Potter and the Halfblood Prince and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, and Lacock Abbey was also the location of Harry’s discovery of the ‘Mirror of Erised’. The Abbey also featured as Catherine of Aragon’s chambers in The Other Boleyn Girl.

Knole, South East England - The Other Boleyn Girl

Another National Trust property to star in The Other Boleyn Girl is Knole. The internal courtyards and deer park were used to depict Tudor London in Henry VIII’s time and the Stone Court and Green Court provided the backdrop for the departure of the Boleyn sisters.

The film charts Anne and Mary Boleyn, sisters who were in competition for the love and hand of Henry VIII. Knole has a genuine connection with the monarch, who was reportedly so overwhelmed with the beauty of Knole that in 1538 he forced his Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Cranmer, to hand the property over to him.

Lavenham Guildhall, East of England - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1

The Harry Potter films have taken inspiration from many National Trust properties including Lavenham Guildhall in Suffolk. This historic place was the location for Godric’s Hollow and the graveyard visited by Harry and Hermione in Part 1 of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Kedleston Hall, East Midlands - The Duchess

Kedleston Hall in Derbyshire was designed to astound and amaze, it is a striking example of 18th century architecture and unsurprisingly was chosen as a major location for the blockbuster The Duchess starring Keira Knightley. The film explores the political and romantic intrigues of Georgiana, the Duchess of Devonshire, in 18th Century England and Kedleston’s opulence is well-cast.

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