This is a list of those venues represented by Exclusive Heritage Venues that offer filming. Our venues are also searchable by location and the following other event options.
If you manage or run an historic or heritage venue in the UK and are interested in how Exclusive Heritage Venues could help represent the venue, or you would like to choose one of our venues for your event, please contact us or call us on 01926 624884 for an initial chat.
Filming at Kirtlington Park
Looking for a quintessentially English film location, nestled in the heart of the Oxfordshire countryside? Whether you’re looking for a magnificent backdrop or a historic property in which to set your period drama, this grand country house offers the perfect setting.
With its magnificent interior and ‘Capability’ Brown landscaped garden, it’s no wonder that Kirtlington Park is one of the Cotswolds’ most inspiring shoot locations. The 18th century Palladian mansion is a favourite for photo shoots, TV and feature films with film sites indoors and out in the parkland.
The Mansion has been featured in television historical dramas and live opera performances, with some of the most famous productions being ITV’s Ruth Rendell’s Mysteries and the BBC’s ‘The Marriage of Figaro’.
The Middle Temple Hall
The historic buildings, cobbled streets and gas lighting of The Middle Temple makes it a perfect filming location for all types of production, including films, television adverts, documentaries or product launches. The grounds, Hall and Bench Apartments are regularly used for filming and must be pre-booked in advance. To ensure the utmost privacy, the majority of filming sessions take place during the evening or at weekends.
Filming at Castle Ashby
Steeped in history and located just 55 miles north of London and between Cambridge and Oxford, Castle Ashby gardens and walled garden are available to hire on an exclusive basis for all types of events – including filming.
Built in 1574, Castle Ashby is the magnificent ancestral home of the Compton family. Located in the heart of a 10,000-acre working estate, the house and gardens can be found nestled amidst two hundred acres of beautiful parkland designed by Capability Brown – perfect for filming.
The Household Cavalry Museum
(Image copyright The Household Cavalry Museum)
The Household Cavalry Museum is a living Museum in the heart of Horse Guards, Whitehall, London. Famous throughout the world, it celebrates the history and accomplishments of The Household Cavalry offering a unique ‘behind the scenes’ look at the work that goes into the ceremonial and armoured reconnaissance role of HM The Queen’s Mounted Bodyguard. It is the perfect place for corporate and private bookings, and of course, filming.
Built in the 1760s, Chandos House has had a rich and varied history as a grand private house, the Austrian Embassy and a hotel. A £5 million refurbishment in 2005 has turned it into meetings and special events venue. From Christmas Parties and Summer Parties to Corporate Events and Weddings, Chandos House is one of the finest heritage event venues in Central London. It’s also perfect for filming.
Trinity House is a charity dedicated to safeguarding shipping and seafarers, providing education, support and welfare to the seafaring community. Located in Tower Hill, the building’s imposing neo-classical façade, designed by Samuel Wyatt in 1794, houses some of London’s most elegant banqueting and conference rooms, making it a highly desirable venue for social and corporate events, as well as filming.
Hedsor House has earned itself a reputation as one of the UK’s premier and most prestigious film locations. Voted by The Telegraph as one of the Top 10 UK Film Locations, the Georgian house is positively brimming with period features and light-filled, open spaces, starring as Nicole Kidman’s home in The Golden Compass and the location for Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut Quartet.
The Roman Baths, Bath
Bath is often used as a location for filming and the city is renowned for being film friendly. Many productions have featured one or more of Bath’s Historic Venues for promotional travelogues, non-fiction programmes such as the Antiques Roadshow, feature films such as the Duchess or dramas such as The Best of Men.
Bath, including the Roman Baths, has always been a popular backdrop for period dramas but it has also been used in contemporary productions such as Bonekickers, Fantastic Mr Fox and Les Miserables.
The Assembly Rooms, Bath
The Assembly Rooms is one of Bath’s most prestigious venues, perfect for business events, weddings and parties. With four rooms, the Great Octagon, Tea Room, Ball Room and Card Room, all of which are perfect for various types of filming, the Assembly Rooms joins Bath’s other historic venues as filming friendly.
(Picture courtesy of Lou Abercrombie)
The Victoria Art Gallery, Bath
The team at Bath’s Historic Venues are experienced in working with film crews and location managers but Bath also has a dedicated film office who are happy to assist with sourcing locations and suppliers as well as assisting with logistic arrangements such as road closures. The Victoria Art Gallery is just one of Bath’s film friendly venues.
The Guildhall, Bath
Bath, including the The Guildhall, has always been a popular backdrop for period dramas but it has also been used in contemporary productions such as Bonekickers, Fantastic Mr Fox and Les Miserables.
Bath is a popular location for filming and the city is renowned for being film friendly. Many productions have featured one or more of Bath’s Historic Venues for promotional travelogues, non-fiction programmes such as the Antiques Roadshow, feature films such as the Duchess or dramas such as The Best of Men.
Cowdray House is a popular and versatile filming location. Over recent months the venue has had a number of shoots at for stills and moving image projects, including: a scene from the opening titles of the forthcoming BBC drama SSGB; a short film featuring David Bradley and an American Vogue shoot.
Impress your guests with a reception in the Great Hall, or erect a marquee in the gardens or parkland. Ragley Hall can cater for your event, from canapés and Champagne to dinner and dancing, and provide impeccable service so your event runs without a hitch. Plus you can have the place all to yourself with an exclusive use option. It’s perfect for filming, too.
Holdenby’s beautiful exteriors and interiors have both been used to great effect for a number of Film & TV productions from the feature film of Biggles to the TV series, The Woman in White & Take a Girl Like That.
The house was also featured in a recent Channel 4 production about Winston Churchill and appeared in David Dimbleby’s series, How Britain was Built.
And more recently the house featured as the exterior of Satis House in the BBC 2011 adaptation of Great Expectations.