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Britain Goes to Hollywood

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Posted 05 June 2020
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Britain Goes to Hollywood

Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire
1917 (2019)
Six of the 12 locations for Sam Mendes epic war film were shot on the West Country’s Salisbury Plain. The 300-square-mile area close to Stonehenge, often used for British military training, was used to depict northern France during the movie.

The Jurassic Coast, Dorset & Hampshire
Dunkirk (2016)
Weymouth harbour and Portland bay with its Georgian architecture and sandy beaches can be seen in Christopher Nolan’s adaption of Dunkirk. While much of the filming took place in France and the Netherlands, landmarks along the Dorset coastline feature including Swanage Railway and Corfe Castle.

Glenfinnan Viaduct, Scottish Highlands, Scotland
Harry Potter (2001-2011)
The ‘Harry Potter bridge’ Glenfinnan Viaduct is a spectacular landscape in the Scottish Highlands perfectly fitting to transport you to the magical, wizarding world.
The luscious highlands and characterful Scottish cities are iconic backdrops in many movies from Glencoe in Skyfall to Edinburgh in Trainspotting.
Military Wives (2020)
A film adaption of the musical phenomenon Military Wives, following the true story of a group of army wives who formed a choir to help each other whilst their husbands were away on duty. Together with Gareth Malone, the choir released four singles and albums. There are now over 80 choirs attached to army bases across the country.
Gloucester Dock
Vanity Fair (2018)
The old warehouses boarding the water at Gloucester Dock have provided ideal backgrounds for shooting scenes for period television dramas and feature films including the Onedin Line and Vanity Fair.
The Personal History of David Copperfield
Armando Iannucci’s The Personal History of David Copperfield both respects and reinvents the novel in a wonderfully entertaining adaptation, full to bursting with fantastic comic performances. At its heart lies a theatrical journey of self-discovery which manages to both respect and reinvent the novel - it’s definitely one to watch.
Love Actually
It’s a British classic, featuring the very best of the country’s actors and film locations. While watching the friendships and relationships unravel, you can spot Heathrow Airport, Somerset House, Selfridges and St Lukes Mews in Notting Hill to name but a few.
Derwentwater, Keswick, Lake District
Miss Potter (2006)
Once home to the beloved author of the best-selling, family favourite Peter Rabbit, the quintessential setting of the Lake District with its lush greenery and beautiful views was a lovely location to bring the writer’s story to life.
Chatsworth House, Derbyshire
Pride and Prejudice (2005)
Home to the Cavendish family since 1549, the 35,000-acre Chatsworth Estate offers a range of beautiful locations. The house is the residence of Mr Darcy in the adaption of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, as well as a star in The Wolfman and The Duchess.
James Bond
The city of London features in many iconic shots of Ian Fleming’s James Bond series. You can see the 007 agent jet down the Thames, climb the roof of The 02 arena and enjoy afternoon tea at Langham hotel.
Paddington Bear

London’s famous bear enjoys a trip of a lifetime in the 2014 adaption. From the Natural History Museum and its once 26-metre-long resident Dippy, to St Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge and Portobello Road, much- loved landmarks pop up throughout the movie.
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