The widely popular Great British Bake Off is several seasons in, with no signs of stopping. Fans of this baking competition show have been entertained by countless hours of delicious, and often, heartwarming yet dramatic episodes, and will recognize that white tent where every round is held.
So where exactly is that white tent located? Here’s a roundup of the filming locations throughout the seasons, all on the grounds of English country homes. Most importantly, you don’t have to be a contestant on the show to visit.
Fulham Palace, London
The first season of The Great British Bake Off brought viewers to various locations around Britain. But the first ever finale found a home at the grounds of Fulham Palace, originally the country residence for the Bishop of London. The tudor manor house dates back to 700 AD and was the home for the bishop for 12 centuries, until 1975. The bishop had plenty of land which was once enclosed by the longest moat in England and today, the gardens are worth a visit for its rare trees and even the Market Barrow to purchase plants, fruits and vegetables grown in the garden.
Getting there: Fulham Palace is a ten-minute walk from Putney Bridge Underground Station (District Line) in London.
Valentines Mansion, Essex
While season one jumped around several locations, season two was based at Valentines Mansion. Under an hour from Central London, the mansion was built around 1696 for the original occupant, the widow of the Archbishop of Canterbury. Since then, its remained a private home until the early 1900s. Nowadays, a day trip out to Valentines Mansion can include taking a guided tour, browsing through a collection of contemporary art and discovering the mansion’s gardens - including the Dry Garden, which was opened by Her Majesty The Queen in 2012.
Getting there: Valentines Mansion is just under an hour drive or thirty minutes by train from Central London.
Harptree Court, Somerset
Long before Harptree Court became the filming location for seasons three and four of The Great British Bake Off, it was a family estate built in 1797. This Georgian country house is set on 55 acres of woodland, making it an ideal location for the show’s tent and production gear. Over its lifetime, the estate had been inherited and sold many times over, and the current owner’s family has owned it since 1920. Harptree Court can fulfill a dream to stay in a stately English countryside home. It’s now open for visitors to stay overnight in their four-bedroom luxury bed and breakfast in the main house, and a self-catering treehouse for two on the property.
Getting there: Harptree Court is about a three-hour drive or train ride from Central London.
Welford Park, Berkshire
After filming across Britain in seasons one through four, The Great British Bake Off finally found its home at Welford Park, and has been the tent location since season five. In the mid 1600s, the existing house was built on what was the site of a monastery. It has remained a private residence, belonging to the same family for 400 years. From January to March, it’s open to the public to showcase its famous snowdrops in the gardens. Take part in the full snowdrop walk around the Beech Woods and along the River Lambourn, then warm up with a cuppa and some homemades treats in The Old Laundry Tearoom.
Getting there: Welford Park is around a 2-hour journey by car or train from Central London.
Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath
Pinewood Studios isn’t just a facility for film and television. The studio was built around Heatherden Hall, a Victorian country house and sits on the over 500 acre grounds of Black Country Park. The hall is the site of several spin-offs of The Great British Bake Off, including The Great Stand Up to Cancer Bake Off, where star bakers compete to raise money for cancer research and The Great American Baking Show, the American version of the show. While the studio grounds are not open to visitors, weddings, private and corporate events can be held at Heatherden Hall. And there’s still plenty to do around the studio. Due to its proximity to the studios, Black Park Country Park has been used for outdoor filming, most notably in a few Harry Potter films. A visit to the park could include an adrenaline rushing session at Go Ape’s treetop adventure course, a leisurely walk through the woodland trails, or a thrilling off-road bike ride.
Getting there: Pinewood Studios is just under an hour drive or two hour train ride west of Central London.