With the awards season in full swing and Oscar nominations recently announced, and so you can walk in the footsteps of your favourite stars we’ve put together a list of National Trust places that have been the scenes of some awesome movies!
Here is a selection of the finest places to see where the movie magic happened:
Location: Knole, Kent
Films: Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011), Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011), The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)
Last autumn, 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 Robert Downey Jr.’s famous detective.
One of the most popular National Trust film locations, Johnny Depp flew in to film crucial scenes for the latest Pirates of the Caribbean film at Knole. In 2008, it took centre stage for the adaptation of Philippa Gregory’s best selling 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 forced Thomas Cranmer, his Archbishop of Canterbury, to hand the property over to him.
Location: White Edge Lodge, Derbyshire
Films: Jane Eyre (2011)
This stunningly located 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 stunning views across the National Park 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.
Location: Antony, Cornwall
Films: Alice in Wonderland (2010)
This classically beautiful house is a beguiling mix of the formal and informal and has now been famously brought to life in the equally beguiling recent 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.
Location: Lacock Abbey, Wiltshire
Films: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (2009), The Other Boleyn Girl (2008), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone (2001)
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 location was also used for Harry’s discovery of the mystical ‘Mirror of Erised’.
The Abbey was also immortalised as the beautiful chambers of Catherine of Aragon for filming of The Other Boleyn Girl.
Location: Basildon Park, Berkshire
Films: Pride & Prejudice (2005)
For the first big screen adaptation of Pride & Prejudice in 65 years, Basildon Park played a starring role as the dreamy location for Darcy and Elizabeth’s first meeting at ‘Netherfield’.
The house is also the setting for the film’s sumptuous ballroom scenes, which take place in Basildon’s dining room. With both the exterior of the house and many of the first floor rooms used in the lavish production, Basildon will be instantly recognisable to fans.
If you’re interested in finding out more about these places, or other ones too, then click here to use the National Trust’s very own movie map!