Famous Film Locations in Yorkshire

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Famous Film Locations

North Yorkshire Moors Railway

The beautiful scenery of the Yorkshire Dales National Park is set to be seen by millions of people all over the world – in the new Harry Potter film, The Deathly Hallows, due for release in 2010.

Goathland Station was turned into “Hogsmeade” for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. The railway’s shop on the platform was transformed into the “Prefect’s Room” and the Ladies toilets became the “Wizard’s Room”.

Steam locomotives take visitors through 18 miles of stunning countryside, stopping at picturesque stations along the way, making it the most popular heritage railway in Britain.

Castle Howard, near York

Brideshead Revisited – twice! For 6 weeks in the summer of 2007, Castle Howard played host to the filming of the new movie, Brideshead Revisited.

The 1981 ITV production also featured Castle Howard as Brideshead, home to the aristocratic Marchmain family. A breathtaking location, the magnificent18th century house is situated in stunning parkland, dotted with temples, lakes, statues and fountains.

Keighley and Worth Valley Railway

The steam railway has appeared in many TV and film productions including Yanks, Sherlock Holmes, Last of the Summer Wine, Pink Floyd’s The Wall, Sons and Lovers, Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em, Poirot, The Royal, Where The Heart Is, and A Touch Of Frost. The five mile journey is a powerful reminder of Yorkshire’s industrial heritage, as well as being a unique way of enjoying the beautiful countryside immortalised by Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë.

Newby Hall, Ripon

Mansfield Park – during the summer of 2006 ITV’s adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel was filmed entirely on location at Newby Hall, with Billie Piper in the lead role. Last year Crusoe, starring Sam Neill and Sean Bean, was also filmed here.

One of England’s renowned Adam houses, recently restored to its original beauty. The 25 acres of award-winning Gardens are full of rare and beautiful plants. All complemented by Newby’s Adventure Garden for Children, woodland discovery walk and the miniature railway.

Holmfirth

Last of the Summer Wine – the world’s longest running TV comedy was filmed in and around this picturesque Pennine town.

Visit the exhibition inside Compo’s house, where there’s a collection of photographs and memorabilia and a tea room next door, or opt for a guided 10 mile tour of the area.

Thirsk, Malton & Pickering

All Creatures Great and Small – the classic vet series. Re-runs are still shown across the world on cable and satellite.

The World of James Herriot is a unique tribute to the vet and author. Based in his original surgery, it takes visitors on a journey back to the 1940s.

Learn about being a vet in the interactive vet’s surgery and farm and check out the exhibits in the only veterinary science museum in the country. Re-live the TV series in the three studio sets which include many original props.

Explore the surrounding countryside, taking in the famous view from Sutton Bank which James described as “England’s finest view”.

Goathland

Heartbeat – much-loved, nostalgia-filled 1960s police series.

Goathland, a bracing moorland village, is the setting for the fictional village of Aidensfield. There is a station on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway and walkers can enjoy a stroll to Mallyan Spout, Beck Hole, Darnholm, Grosmont and the Roman Road.

Take a Heartbeat coach trip in the1958 vintage Bedford which features in the programme! The tours run from Whitby three times a week from the end of July to the end of October.

Esholt, near Shipley

Emmerdale – visit the Woolpack and wander round the original Emmerdale village.

Emmerdale expert Margaret Boyce actually worked on the programme; her knowledgeable talks and walks will give you the inside track on this great British soap.

Kettlewell and The Yorkshire Dales

Calendar Girls – filmed in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. Breathtaking scenery and fascinating market towns and villages – locations such as Kettlewell, Burnsall, Skipton, Settle and Ilkley Moor.

Local guide Malcolm Hanson was an extra in the film. Request one of his guided visits for coach parties and hear his behind-the-scenes stories whilst enjoying the delights of the beautiful countryside.

The Piece Hall, Halifax

Brassed Off – bitter-sweet comedy in which a Yorkshire colliery is faced with closure – and so is the town’s brass band.

The Piece Hall at Halifax is a Georgian masterpiece. Built by the merchants of Halifax in 1779 as a trading place for cloth this unique hall has over 300 rooms and now houses an art gallery, bookshops, a chocolatier, and other speciality shops. There’s a weekly market and full programme of events too.

Oakwell Hall, Birstall

Wuthering Heights – a new adaptation of Emily Bronte’s epic novel is soon to be aired on ITV. Oakwell Hall is one of the main locations.

A beautiful Elizabethan manor house, set out as a family home of the 1690′s and surrounded by 110 acres of Green Flag award winning country park.

Charlotte Bronte was a regular visitor and Oakwell Hall featured as Fieldhead, the home of the heroine in Charlotte’s novel, Shirley. Lost in Austen also filmed here.

Aysgarth Falls, Yorkshire Dales

Kevin Costner’s Robin Hood – Prince of Thieves. Aysgarth Falls and the stepping stones were used as the location for the famous fight between Kevin Costner’s Robin Hood and his friend Little John.

Near the village of Aysgarth, the River Ure tumbles over a series of broad limestone steps. Although not particularly high, the Aysgarth Falls is one of Wensleydale’s most famous beauty spots, with pleasant riverside walk linking the upper, middle and lower falls.

Whitby Abbey

Perched dramatically on the cliff top, Whitby Abbey provided inspiration for Bram Stoker’s gothic novel. Both Dracula (1931) and Count Dracula (1977) were filmed here.

Dominating the picturesque seaside town of Whitby, the Abbey is one of England’s most important archaeological sites.

The town itself, with its cobbled streets, picturesque houses and sandy blue flag beach is a great place for all the family to explore.

Film Tours include:

Heartbeat Tours

Discover Yorkshire’s beautiful landscapes on a vintage bus which itself has starred in this iconic TV programme. Coastal and Country Coaches run Heartbeat tours from Whitby to Goathland with full commentary.

www.coastalandcountry.co.uk

Calendar Girls Tours

Join Malcolm Hanson, a former extra in Calendar Girls, who runs various guided tours in Yorkshire including the Calendar Girls Country tour.

www.malcolmhanson.co.uk

Whitby Dracula Tours

Follow in the footsteps of Bram Stoker as tour guide Harry Collett takes you through Whitby’s cobbled streets in search of Dracula.

www.whitbywalks.com