Film and Television Locations

South West England has a rich film & TV history with many historical houses, gardens, towns and villages being used as settings for romantic and classic period dramas, TV documentaries, action filled adventures and wonderful children’s movies. Some of the most famous include the film Sense and Sensibility and the 1970’s TV drama, Poldark both of which were filmed in locations across the South West. And Animal Magic with Johnny Morris was filmed at Bristol Zoo.

South West England is still a very popular setting for film and TV and some of the more recent successes include Port Isaac as setting for the ITV series “Doc Martin” and Gloucester Cathedral which stands in for Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the Harry Potter films. Below is a selection of places that you might like to visit whilst staying in the South West.

Bristol is a major media centre – home to the BBC’s famed Natural History Unit and to the Oscar-winning producer Nick Parks and also the company responsible for Tomb Raider’s Lara Croft. It is also the setting for the TV drama Casualty and Only Fools and Horses.

Dyrham Park was used in the Oscar winning film “Remains of the Day”.

Lacock Abbey has appeared in many period dramas including Pride & Prejudice, Moll Flanders and Emma, starring Gwyneth Paltrow and also the magical Harry Potter.

Wilton House – setting for Sense & Sensibility, the Madness of King George and Mrs Brown.

Mompesson House also featured in Sense & Sensibility.

Old Wardour Castle - featured in Kevin Costner’s “Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves”.

West Somerset Railway - used in the 1964 Beatle’s film “A Hard Day’s Night” and also in 1987 for the film “Land Girls”.

Minack Theatre - this beautiful venue provided some of the setting for the 1944 movie “Love Story aka A Lady Surrenders”.

St Michael’s Mount – setting for Olivier’s 1979 film “Dracula” and also Twelfth Night in 1995.

Clovelly was used in the lavish murder mystery stories in which Diana Rigg starred – The Worsted Viper.