Hollywood gets all the credit for making blockbuster films, but in reality, there are hundreds of films that have been filmed in the UK. In this blog, we’re going to look at some of these locations and where they are so you can fulfil your dreams of playing out scenes from your favourite films.
Antony House, Cornwall
Featured in the opening scenes of Tim Burton’s 2010 film Alice in Wonderland, the 18th-century house was described by Burton as “a perfect pocket-sized mansion; something beautifully symmetrical with intimate interiors and landscaped gardens. The house is run by the National Trust and opens to the public in the summer months.
Somerset House, London
Located on the Strand, the house was originally a Tudor palace before becoming a royal residence and subsequently a government building. It has housed the Admiralty, the Registrar general of Births, Marriages and Deaths and the Inland Revenue. In winter the courtyard is also the location of a popular outdoor ice rink – as seen in 2003’s Love Actually. The building has appeared in James Bond films Goldeneye (as St Petersburg) and Tomorrow Never Dies as the Ministry of Defence – the real MOD is located on Whitehall. The courtyard has appeared in King Ralph, Shanghai Night and exterior shots feature in Sleepy Hollow.
Glenfinnan Viaduct, Highlands
The Glenfinnan viaduct is an iconic piece of Scottish architecture, so famous it features on the Bank of Scotland £10 note. Most famous for appearing in the Harry Potter films, the viaduct also features in Monarch of the Glen and Stone of Destiny. Opened in 1901 the viaduct connects the railway network from Fort William to Mallaig. There was an urban (country?) legend that there was a horse that fell into one of the piers during construction in 1898. This was confirmed in 2001 when researchers found a horse and cart at Loch nan Uamh within the large central pylon.
Castle Stalker, Argyll
Castle Stalker is a four-storey house located on a tidal islet on Loch Linnhe near Port Appin in Argyll. The castle can be seen from the A828 road which runs from Oban to Fort William. The castle features in Monty Python and the Holy Grail as “The Castle of Aaarrrrgggghhhh” in the final scene of the film. John Cleese’s French guard character taunts King Arthur (Graham Chapman) from the battlements before a final assault takes place. The castle can also be seen briefly in Highlander: Endgame
Sycamore Gap, Northumberland
Located next to a section of Hadrian’s Wall, the 1800-year-old Roman heritage site, Sycamore Gap features in the 1991 film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves in a scene where Kevin Costner and Morgan Freeman (Robin Hood and Azeem) are travelling from Dover to Nottingham. Despite being able to navigate from the Middle East, they seem to have got a bit lost because Sycamore Gap is the best part of 200 miles north west of Nottingham. One of the most photographed trees in the UK it is colloquially known as the Robin Hood tree ever since the film’s release.