UK film and TV travel itineraries

08 Sep 2019

For the ultimate screen tourism tours, follow our itineraries below, which pack in some of the best filming locations and UK breaks across the country. Start early to fully experience the different worlds of your favourite films and television series.  

Choose this itinerary to spend a full day in exploring several filming locations around beautiful Cornwall. Head to Holywell Bay, where "Poldark" is filmed, to enjoy the dramatic landscape you've seen on screen. You'll even have the opportunity to join a horse-riding experience and replicate the scenes with Ross Poldark and his beloved horse, Seamus. Less than a 25-minute drive south along the coast is St Agnes Head, which is where viewers left Ross and Demelza at the end of series one.

To fill the rest of your afternoon and evening, drive 50 minutes further up the coast from Holywell Bay to Port Isaac. This idyllic location transforms into the fictional village of Portwenn for the filming of "Doc Martin". Take the time to enjoy picturesque views, or even join a location tour, during which you'll be shown Doc’s house, his surgery and Louisa’s school.

This day trip begins with you taking in the views of the magnificent countryside as you drive through Dorset.

You'll spend the rest of the morning exploring the world of "Broadchurch". Head down to sandy West Bay beach to see where DI Alec Hardy and DS Ellie Miller began their search for Danny Latimer's killer.

Have a leisurely lunch in the pretty market town of Bridport before making your way to the famous Highclere Castle in Hampshire. The internationally renowned "Downton Abbey" was filmed here, and you can join one of the regular tours of the gardens, staterooms, the downstairs scullery and staff rooms. Take the opportunity to relive the moment Mr Bates returned from prison and embraced Anna.

Begin the day in historic Oxford to discover the many interesting filming locations used in "Inspector Morse", which first aired in 1987. The popular sequel "Lewis" and the later prequel "Endeavour" were also filmed in the town. Spend the morning on an official location tour, which takes in sites from all three. Follow Morse and Lewis's footsteps along Broad Street and into the White Horse, where the characters often drank while discussing cases.

Once you've immersed yourself in the world of the UK's favourite Jaguar-driving detective, drive approximately two hours to Stokesay Court in Shropshire to step into another on-screen world. This country house was used as the setting for Tallis House in the film "Atonement", which was released in 2007.

Spend your afternoon walking through the grounds and the interior of this magnificent house; you'll not want to miss the billiards room, used as the library in the film where James McAvoy and Keira Knightly had their famous love scene. Pre-book a guided tour for a behind-the-scenes insight into the film.    

This day trip begins with a visit to the Black Country Living Museum. Wander around its 26 acres, immersing yourself in the early-1900s setting of the BBC's "Peaky Blinders"; the notorious scenes in Charlie's Yard were filmed there. You can browse through props and explore the recreations of shops and homes from the period.

After the museum, venture into Birmingham and use your afternoon and evening to explore this exciting city. Join one of the popular "Peaky Blinders"-themed walking tours and you'll have the opportunity to visit the Rainbow Pub where the term "Peaky Blinder" was first coined. You'll also learn more about the real gangsters of that time.

This day out is perfect for lovers of grand country homes. Start at Wollaton Hall, near Nottingham, which was used as Wayne Manor in the 2012 Batman movie "The Dark Knight Rises", and stand in the same spot as Alfred Pennyworth, Lucius Fox, John Blake and James Gordon as they mourned Bruce Wayne.

From Wollaton Hall, head to Cheshire to experience the beauty of Lyme Park. This drive will take around an hour and a half, so try to time your journey to fit in a spot of lunch in one of Lyme's eateries.

The BBC's "Pride and Prejudice" was filmed at this stunning house and gardens. The series first aired back in 1995 but remains in the minds of fans thanks to that iconic Mr Darcy swimming scene. Before you begin, download the free walking guide and you'll be able to explore the filming locations of this picturesque park, estate and gardens.

Spend the morning in Halifax to see some of the filming locations from the hit comedy show "Last Tango in Halifax". Don't miss the Upstairs Downstairs Café in the town, where Alan first met his son.

Less than a mile and a half away from the centre of Halifax is the Victorian historic house Shibden Hall. This was the real medieval home of Anne Lister, the central character of the BBC drama, "Gentleman Jack". On your visit, you'll discover more about Lister’s interesting story, including her romantic relationships and her work improving Shibden Hall.

After your busy morning, grab some lunch before setting off on your two-hour-45-minute journey to Northumberland.

Arrive at Alnwick Castle for around 3pm and stretch your legs. Stroll around the castle grounds, staterooms, courtyard and gardens. Alnwick Castle was used in the early "Harry Potter" movies, and was where the famous broomstick lesson scene took place.

This day out begins in the stunning city of Edinburgh. From there, you can explore the dramatic setting of "Outlander", the adventure romance series. About 40 minutes from the city is the lovely town of Culross in Fife -- spend time wandering the cobbled streets before travelling a further 40 minutes to Doune Castle, Stirling. Pivotal scenes taking place in the fictional Castle Leoch were shot there.

Doune Castle was also used to depict Winterfell in the pilot episode of "Game of Thrones". The castle was even renamed "Winterfell" for a week in May, 2019, in honour of the final episode of the popular programme. Take a tour of the stunning scenery around the castle before ending your trip back in exciting Edinburgh.

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