The best stately homes in Britain

Britain has a wealth of historic buildings, many of which are used as sets for filming period dramas for film and television. Here is our pick of the best

Belvoir Castle

Belvoir Castle

Above: Belvoir Castle in Grantham, Leicestershire

The Young Victoria was filmed here in 2009. Rooms and grounds masqueraded as Buckingham Palace and Windsor CastleTel: (01476) 871002; www.belvoircastle.com

Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace

Above: Blenheim Palace in Woodstock, Oxfordshire

The birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, Blenheim saw carriages pulling into shot before the regal elegance of its Great Court, standing in for that of Buckingham Palace in The Young Victoria. Tel: 0800 849 6500; www.blenheimpalace.com

Burghley House

Burghley House

Above: Burghley House in Stamford, Lincolnshire

Posed as the home of John Dee, Queen Elizabeth I’s astrologer, in the 2007 feature film Elizabeth: The Golden Age. Tel:(01780) 752451; www.burghley.co.uk

Chatsworth House

Chatsworth House

Above: Chatsworth House in Bakewell, Derbyshire

Appeared in The Duchess with Keira Knightly (2008) as home to the Devonshire family – itself! Also featured as Mr. Darcy’s Pemberley in the 2005 film of Pride and Prejudice. In 2009, it took on a more gloomy aspect, shrouded with weeds for a remake of The Wolfman. Tel: (01246) 565300; www.chatsworth.org

Haddon Hall

Haddon Hall

Above: Haddon Hall, also in Bakewell, Derbyshire

Interiors were used in the 2005 film of Pride and Prejudice. It also became Mr Rochester’s Thornfield in the BBC TV drama serial Jane Eyre (2006); the Boleyn family seat in The Other Boleyn Girl (2008); and was one location used in Elizabeth (1998) starring Cate Blanchett. Tel: (01629) 812855; www.haddonhall.co.uk

Ham House

Ham House

Above: Ham House in Richmond-upon-Thames, Surrey

On the Thames at Richmond Park, its sumptuous gardens and luscious interiors became Kensington Palace in The Young Victoria. Tel: (020) 8940 1950; www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Hatfield House

Hatfield House

Above: Hatfield House in Hertfordshire

A spectacular Jacobean House, which depicted Chartley Hall, Queen Mary’s private dwelling, in Elizabeth: The Golden Age. Tel: (01707) 287010; www.hatfield-house.co.uk

Holkham Hall

Holkham Hall

Above: Holkham Hall in north Norfolk

Holkham provided some aspects of the Devonshires’ Bath Villa in The Duchess, while the library and the rear elevation outside became Georgiana’s family home at Althorp. Tel: (01328) 710227; www.holkham.co.uk

Kedleston Hall

Kedleston Hall

Above: Kedleston Hall in Quarndon, Derbyshire

Its undercroft appeared in flashbacks to Mr Rochester’s youth in the BB C’s Jane Eyre, and in 2007, it welcomed Colin Firth and Jim Broadbent for the filming of And When Did You Last See Your Father? It also featured in The Duchess. Tel: (01332) 842191; www.nationaltrust.org.uk

 

Osterley Park

Osterley Park

Above: Osterley Park in Isleworth, Middlesex

The polished timbers of its Long Gallery were featured as Buckingham Palace in the film The Young Victoria. Tel: (020) 8232 5050; www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Sudbury Hall

Sudbury Hall

Above: Sudbury Hall in Ashbourne, Derbyshire

Follow in the footsteps of Colin Firth as Mr Darcy down the Long Gallery which portrayed Pemberley in the BBC series of Pride and Prejudice (1995). Tel: (01283) 585305; www.nationaltrust.org.uk

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Written by Britain Magazine // 3rd February 2012

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