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10 film locations you can visit in England & Wales

For people who prefer cinema to sand dunes, what better way to spend a holiday than checking out some of the locations in your favourite films. Love Cottages, has done the searching for you, here are 10 film location to visit across the UK.

1. Summer in February – Cornwall


This film from 2013 tells of the pre-WWI love triangle between the artist AJ Munnings, an aspiring artist Florence Carter Wood and a Land Manager, Gilbert Evans. This is based on the actual diaries of Gilbert Evans. The filming was where the three of them played out this bohemian love affair – in the small fishing village of Lamorna and a nearby cove near Penzance. The rugged cliffs and lush green vegetation has not changed much over the last century.

2. Cinderella - Devon


Devon provided the backdrop for some of the scenes in Kenneth Branagh’s live action re-make of the Disney classic and perennial pantomime favourite. This 2015 film starring Cate Blanchett, Lily James and Helena Bonham-Carter was filmed at Lee Abbey near Lynton. They also filmed some scenes on the North Devon coast in the Exmoor National Park.

3. Far from the Madding Crowd – Dorset


Several locations in Dorset were used in the 2015 version of Thomas Hardy’s famous novel. The cliff belonging to Gabriel Oake (Matthias Schoenaerts) that sheep are driven over is at Eype near Bridport. Not far from Bridport is Mapperton House, home of the Earl and Duchess of Sandwich, which is cast as the farmhouse inherited by Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan). The same house was also used in a 1996 version of Jane Austen’s “Emma”. The scenes in the Market Square were filmed in nearby Sherborne.

4. Withnail & I – Lake District


Bruce Robinson’s 1987 cult film of two unemployed actors starring Richard E Grant and Paul McGann was filmed around the stunning lakes and fells of the Eden District of Cumbria. Let us hope your holiday is not as disastrous as theirs! Sleddale Hall, one of the main locations of the film, hosts outdoor screenings courtesy of the Eden Arts Picnic Cinema Group.

5. Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – Norfolk


The interior of the home of the villain, played by Iain Glen, was Elveden Hall in Norfolk. The exotic interior of this private house with its carved interior, more reminiscent of the mysterious East, has also appeared in Stanley Kubrick’s “Eyes Wide Shut” and as Tangiers in the James Bond film “The Living Daylights.

6. The Englishman who went up a Hill but came down a Mountain – Powys


The spectacular scenery of Wales has often doubled for many places throughout the globe in Hollywood blockbusters. But in the case of this film starring Hugh Grant, Tara Fitzgerald and Colm Meaney, it was playing Wales, most of the shots were filmed around the Powys village of Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant.

7. Their Finest – Pembrokeshire


This WWII comedy starring Gemma Arterton, Bill Nighy and Sam Claflin about the filming of a propaganda film was strongly supported by the Welsh Government. Filming took place at many locations around Pembrokeshire including Trecwn Valley, Freshwater West, Porthgain Harbour, Haverfordwest’s Palace Cinema and the Cresselly Arms, Cresswell Quay.

8. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword - Snowdonia


Guy Ritchie’s latest adaptation of Arthurian legend is not based on the well-known texts of Geoffrey of Monmouth setting the story on the dramatic coast of Cornwall, but instead the action moves to Snowdonia. Several locations in the area were used, including a valley called Nant Gwynant, which lies on the south-eastern slopes of Mount Snowdon. The mountain is reflected in looking-glass lakes where the mist rolls in and, who knows, a hand carrying a sword just may be seen…

9. Iris – Suffolk


Perhaps one of the most poignant of the ten. The beach scenes in this Oscar winning autobiographical film of the love story between Iris Murdoch and her husband, John Bayley, were filmed on the beach at Southwold. True to history, it is the same beach that was enjoyed by Iris herself. The 2001 film starred Dame Judi Dench, Jim Broadbent and Kate Winslet.

10. Harry Potter – Yorkshire


Two locations were used in Yorkshire for the Harry Potter films, one more than the other. The unusual rock formation in Malham Cove, caused by a long-gone river eroding the rocks, was one of Harry and Hermione’s hiding places from Lord Voldemort in the Deathly Hallows Part I. While Goathland station on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway doubled for Hogsmead Station. The railway has been used for many film and television series, including Heartbeat and Brideshead Revisited.

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