And the travel Oscar goes to… (England)

By Hannah Silverman

This Sunday is the most hotly contested award ceremony on the international stage. It’s a little thing I like to call the Oscars and it’s kind of a big deal. The dresses! The drama! The after parties! This is box office gold and all eyes will be fixed on Hollywood for its night of nights.

That is, unless you will be distracted by the travel destinations which play key supporting roles in the films we love. This year, whether you’re inspired to hustle in America, road trip to Nebraska or cash in on Wall Street, the Best Picture Nominees are setting the scene for some serious travel plans.

To celebrate Oscar season a little closer to home, we go behind the scenes with England’s National Trust to unveil the most exquisite film locations from your favourite movies – and you can visit them today.

Recognise this? Lacock Abbey in Wiltshire starred in three Harry Potter films and The Other Boleyn Girl. Photo courtesy of National Trust and Andrew Butler.

Lacock Abbey, Wiltshire

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (2009), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone (2001) and The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)

Founded in 1232 and converted into a country home in the 1540s, this stunning building has deservingly been under the spotlight more than once. The magic wand of cinema was waved over the Abbey’s cloisters and side rooms to transform them into a Hogwarts classroom and the site also set the scene for Harry’s discovery of the Mirror of Erised (broomsticks not included). Meanwhile, fans of Phillipa Gregory’s film adaptation of The Other Boleyn Girl may also recognise the Abbey as Katherine of Aragon’s chambers. 

Make like Jane Eyre at White Edge Lodge. Photo courtesy of the National Trust and Mike Henton.

White Edge Lodge, Derbyshire

Jane Eyre (2011)

The classic story of Jane Eyre was brought to life among this beautiful countryside in the East Midlands. You can see just how picturesque the surrounds are with its wide, open heather moorland, making it absolutely ideal for the silver screen. The lodge accommodates five people and has many interesting and original interior features. For more information click here.

Mad Hatters are welcome at Antony House, Cornwall. Photo courtesy of the National Trust and and Andrew Butler.

Antony House, Cornwall

Alice in Wonderland (2010)

There is no need to chase a time-conscious rabbit when this place opens in April. Instead, spend the day exploring this gorgeous property. Tim Burton’s stunning interpretation of the Lewis Carroll classic was filmed here in nine days back in 2008. The grounds became a ‘mini village’ for catering trucks and hair and make-up tents, also. While the full Alice experience can be enjoyed in Oxford (more on that to come), this is one enchanting location to add to your Travel To Do List.

The Batmobile is right this way, obviously. Explore the secret passage at Osterley. Photo courtesy of National Trust.

Osterley, London

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

Sure it’s called Osterley, but you can refer to it as Wayne Manor as they did in The Dark Knight Rises. Christian Bale, Michael Caine and the rest of the cast and crew used this building for a week of filming. Features include a 130 foot Long Gallery and a very grand staircase. So what’s this photograph all about, you say? Well, Wayne Manor wouldn’t be Wayne Manor without a Bat Cave. Behind a door in the bookcase is a real secret passage, which was used in the film as the entrance to the superhero’s famous lair. This property was also used in Gulliver’s Travels, The Young Victoria, Edge of Love and Miss Potter.

Basildon Park in Berkshire is all kinds of period drama. If only these walls could talk… Photo courtesy of National Trust and Rupert Truman.

Basildon Park, Berkshire

Pride and Prejudice (2005)

Have you found yourself wondering where Mr Darcy is? Well, we can tell you where he has been. Literature’s most famous leading man used Basildon Park as his romantic playground in the 2005 film of Pride and Prejudice. This mansion was danced in when its dining room was used for the ballroom scenes and will be instantly recognisable to fans. The elegant interiors were also dressed up in festive cheer for the Downton Abbey Christmas special.

Fit for a Duchess at Kedleston Hall in Derbyshire. Photo courtesy of National Trust and Nadia Mackenzie.

Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire

The Duchess (2008)

Kedleston Hall was cast as one of the key locations for this period blockbuster. The film explores the life of Georgiana, the Duchess of Devonshire, in the eighteenth century and this stately home is a stunning example of the architecture of the time. For four weeks this property was reborn for cinema, with crew filming in at least six different rooms. 

For more information – and inspiration – about film locations thanks to the National Trust, click here.

Useful websites to check before travelling:

Have you spotted a brilliant movie location? Tell us about it.


2 thoughts on “And the travel Oscar goes to… (England)

  1. Such wonderful, exotic locations. They are the sort of destinations I’ve dreamed of visiting since I was a young girl. Give me these instead of the Oscars any day, I’d much rather be exploring those beautiful places, just meandering through the exotic, intricate rooms, and the lush green grounds. Love the secret passages, with the mysterious aura.
    Probably never have the chance to visit them now, but one can dream
    I just can’t get enough of these posts, keep them coming Hannah 🙂

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