14 Famous Peak District Filming Locations
With an abundance of stunning stately homes and breath taking countryside, it’s little wonder that Derbyshire and the Peak District is regularly used as a backdrop for blockbuster films and TV series.
Here are just a few most famous movies and programmes filmed in Derbyshire and the Peak District.
If you are a movie fan. Why not make some of these places to be on your list of things to do whilst on your Muse Escapes Holiday.
Castleton is a village in high-peaked Derbyshire, home to one of the oldest lead mines, and it became The Vale of Arryn in the show, House of the Dragon (Game of Thrones sequel)
Other familiar places including Castleton’s iconic limestone valley of Winnats Pass (transformed using spectacular CGI technology) and Cave Dale, beneath the imposing ruins of Peveril Castle.
The magnificent home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire and often referred to as ‘the jewel in the Peak District’s crown’!
Chatsworth House was used as the location for films such as Pride and Prejudice (film 2005, BBC TV series 1995), The Duchess (2008) and The Wolfman (2009).
It was also used for TV dramas such as the BBC’s Death Comes to Pemberley (2013).
One of the UK’s best-preserved medieval houses was the recent setting for the blockbuster Mary Queen of Scots (2019), starring Margot Robbie and Saoirse Ronan – a fitting choice considering Derbyshire’s links to the real Mary Queen of Scots.
In the new film, Haddon was used in scenes representing Hampton Court Palace; as the interior of Lord Darnley’s Chamber at Holyrood; and as a servant prep room. The Hall’s entrance and lower courtyard were also used as a makeshift camp.
Haddon Hall was the backdrop for several film and TV versions of Jane Eyre, including Cory Fukunagas’s acclaimed 2011 movie, cult film The Princess Bride (1987), Elizabeth (1998), Pride and Prejudice (2005) and The Other Boleyn Girl (2008). Home to the Manners family, Haddon is renowned for its romantic atmosphere and unspoilt rooms, including a medieval kitchen and Elizabethan long gallery (which regularly makes an appearance on screen).
This rugged gritstone edge found fame as the scenic spot where Elizabeth Bennet (played by Keira Knightley) daydreamed of dashing Mr Darcy (played by Matthew Macfadyen). Of course, this was in the 2005 blockbuster Pride and Prejudice.
Stanage edge stretches for around four miles and is known for its brilliant walks with stunning views.
Dating from Tudor Times, Lyme was later transformed into an Italianate palace. Throughout it some Elizabethan interiors survive.
Visitors still flock to its lake to see where actor Colin Firth emerged, dripping wet in white shirt and breeches, as Mr Darcy in the BBC TV version of Pride & Prejudice (1995).
Lyme Park was also the location for supernatural thriller The Awakening (2011). This is a ghost story set in post-World War I England.
More recently it was shown in the BBC TV drama The Village (2014).
Bess of Hardwick’s impressive Elizabethan masterpiece, which earned a reputation for having ‘more glass than wall’ and it was featured in the new Mary Queen of Scots movie (2019), starring Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie.
In Mary Queen of Scots, the hall and grounds at Hardwick were used as external shots of Hampton Court Palace, including a scene where actress Margot Robbie (Queen Elizabeth I) is standing on the roof of Hardwick Hall (the roof is closed to visitors).
Hardwick was also the inspiration for Malfoy Manor in Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows (2010).
Hardwick Hall is now cared for by the National Trust. It is full of architectural and artistic delights from Elizabethan embroidery to Forties furnishing.
The Hardwick Estate is open daily for countryside walks.
This imposing neo-classical house near Derby was once home of the influential Curzon family. It was the setting for the The Duchess (2008) starring Keira Knightley.
Kedleston depicted three key locations in the film; the Spencer family home in Althorp, Devonshire House in London and a rented villa in Bath.
It also featured in BBC TV series Jane Eyre in 2006.
A visit to the National Trust Kedleston Hall of today will bring you closer to the aristocratic world which has recently been seen in the popular television series Downton Abbey.
Dovedale, Lindale and Ilam Hall
This idyllic part of the White Peak is famous for its rolling dales and stepping stones across the River Dove. This is well worth a visit juts to play on the stones.
However, it was featured in the 2010 version of Robin Hood starring Russell Crowe.
It was also featured in the BBC TV series Jane Eyre in 2006, as well as The Other Boleyn Girl, 2008, starring Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson.
This is the scenic training ground where the 617 Dam Busters squadron practiced low-level flying for raids on German dams in the Second World War.
It was featured in the famous film The Dam Busters (1955). However, more recently, Ladybower Reservoir’s giant ‘plug hole’ was used in scenes for Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation (2015).
Known for its three beautiful reservoirs and countryside walks, visitors to the Upper Derwent Valley can explore three dams: Ladybower, Howden and Derwent.
This sleepy Staffordshire Moorlands village starred in ITV’s peak-time medical drama Peak Practice in the 1990s.
More recently it was in psychological thriller The Holding (2011), starring Vincent Regan and David Bradley (caretaker of Hogwarts, Argus Filch, in the Harry Potter series of films).
Known as a ‘seaside resort with everything but the sea’.
Matlock Bath was developed as one of the country’s first tourist destinations and with its Swiss-style landscape, was referred to as ‘little Switzerland’.
The village was the location for Derbyshire director Nick Whitfield’s award-winning debut film, Skeletons (2010), a quirky cult movie that was acclaimed as Best New British Film at the Edinburgh Film Festival.
This unassuming village near Glossop in the High Peak doubled as Royston Vasey in darkly satiric comedy The League of Gentlemen BBC TV series (1999 – 2002).
It was also featured in the film in 2005.
Sudbury Hall, if you don’t know is the country home of the Lords Vernon. It is now owned by the National Trust.
It was used for the interior shots of Pemberley House in the BBC’s 1995 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, starring Colin Firth and Jennifer Erle.
Sudbury Hall is located in Sudbury, Ashbourne.
North Lees Hall
This impressive mansion near Hathersage was once visited by Charlotte Bronte in 184. It is thought the hall and the surrounding areas were her inspiration for Thornfield Hall in Jane Eyre.
Parts of North Lees were used for filming Pride and Prejudice (starring Keira Knightley, Matthew MacFadyen and Dame Judi Dench) and The Other Boleyn Girl (2008, starring Cate Blanchett).
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