12 romantic UK film locations

Thursday 01 January 1970

Let's take a loved-up trip around some of Britain's most romantic movie locations...

1. Edinburgh: One Day

The Scottish capital provides the opening and closing scenes of One Day, the 2011 film and international bestseller book. After spending the night together after their college graduation, Dexter and Em are shown each year on the same date to see where they are in their lives. They are sometimes together, sometimes not, on that day. It includes some beautiful panoramic shots of Edinburgh. Edinburgh

2. Haddon Hall: Jane Eyre

This Peak District manor house has stood in for Mr Rochester’s home, Thornfield, in now fewer than 3 film and TV adaptations of Jane Eyre, including the 2011 film.

3. Highclere Castle: Downton Abbey

Millions of us were glued to their televisions to watch Downton Abbey, broadcast in countries around the world. Downton was filmed at Highclere Castle, near Newbury, Berkshire.

4. Oxford: Shadowlands

World-renowned writer and professor CS Lewis, the author of the Narnia books, leads a passionless life until he meets spirited poet Joy Gresham. The dreaming spires of Oxford were the setting for their real-life romance, portrayed in Shadowlands (1993) – with an ending that left not a dry eye in the house. Oxford

5. Chatsworth: Pride and Prejudice

Chatsworth House in the Peak District starred as Pemberley in the 2005 Pride and Prejudice film, where Elizabeth Bennet (Keira Knightley) unexpectedly encountered Mr Darcy (Matthew Macfadyen).

6. London and Bedfordshire: Four Weddings and a Funeral

Hugh Grant and Andie McDowell became much better acquainted in a bedroom at the Crown Hotel in Amersham, in Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994). Other locations include St Bartholomew the Great church in London, for the final dramatic wedding scene, and Luton Hoo, in Bedfordshire, now a hotel, where Hugh Grant was stuck in a cupboard while two other wedding guests got to know each other better in the bedroom...

7. Holkham Bay: Shakespeare in Love

A young Shakespeare, out of ideas and short of cash, meets his ideal woman and is inspired to write one of his most famous plays in the film Shakespeare in Love (1998). The romantic final scene was filmed on Holkham Beach in North Norfolk. Holkham

8. Snowdonia: First Knight

Snowdonia National Park was the location of Camelot as portrayed in the film First Knight (1995) starring Richard Gere, Sean Connery and Julia Ormond. The area has also appeared in the classic James Bond film From Russia with Love starring Sean Connery, as well as in the movie Prince Valiant with Joanna Lumley, Jodie Kidd and a young Katherine Heigl.

9. Balmoral Castle: Mrs Brown

Queen Victoria was in deep mourning after the death of her husband Prince Albert, withdrawing from public view. During a visit to Balmoral Castle in Scotland, her servant John Brown helps restore her spirits, but the relationship creates concern among her courtiers, who see their own influence diminishing and the Queen’s reputation being tarnished. The story was filmed as Mrs Brown (1997), with Judi Dench in the title role, and Billy Connolly as Brown, and film locations included the Ardverike estate in the Scottish Highlands, and 14th-century Duns Castle in the Scottish Borders stood in for Balmoral in the film.

10. Wales: Edge of Love

Edge of Love (2008) tells the story of the famous Welsh poet Dylan Thomas (played by Matthew Rhys), his wife Caitlin (Sienna Miller) and their married friends, the Killicks (Keira Knightley and Cillian Murphy). Laugharne, where Thomas lived, was one of the filming locations alongside the picturesque seaside town of Tenby, and Betsy-y-Coed in Snowdonia. Tenby

11. Outer Hebrides: Whisky Galore

Whisky Galore (1949) tells of the Scottish love affair with the world famous drink, filmed on the island of Barra, in the Outer Hebrides.

12. Ely Cathedral and Westminster Abbey: The King's Speech

The King’s Speech (2010) was a tribute to the work of an outstanding speech therapist, but arguably as important was the support and love of the Queen by his side. Ely Cathedral stood in for Westminster Abbey, and Elland Road stadium in Leeds, for Wembley Stadium in the award-winning film with Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter.

Ely Cathedral Ely Cathedral image via musical photo man on Flickr


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