Want a film location? Yorkshire’s the place!

If you are a film lover or love British TV, you will have undoubtedly seen the stunning Yorkshire Dales and North Yorkshire countryside. The area has provided film locations for a huge number of movies and television adventures.

In fact, Screen Yorkshire describes the region as “one of the busiest locations for filming in the UK” recognising what we who live in the area already know, that it offers “some of the UK’s most diverse landscapes, with stunning locations – everything from stately homes, windswept coastlines and historic abbeys to rugged moorland, urban grit and quaint fishing villages.

You’ll be familiar with many of the big budget movies that have taken advantage of the settings here, but you may not be aware of many others that used this wonderful area to provide atmosphere and context.

Film locations

Film/Movie Where filmed
‘Agatha’ (1979) The Old Swan Hotel & the Royal Baths, Harrogate
‘Brideshead Revisited’ (2007) Castle Howard, North Yorkshire
‘Calendar Girls’ (2003)
‘Carrington’ (1995) North Yorkshire Moors Railway
‘Chariots of Fire’ (1891)
  • York Railway Station, York, North Yorkshire
  • Crown Place, Crescent Gardens, Harrogate
‘Escape from the Dark’ (or ‘The Littlest Horse Thieves’) (1976)
  • Harrogate, North Yorkshire
  • Keighley & Worth Valley Railway, Keighley
‘Fairy Tale: A True Story’ (1997)
  • North Yorkshire Moors Railway
  • Allerton Castle, nr Knaresborough, North Yorkshire
  • Keighley & Worth Valley Railway, Keighley
‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ (2010/11) Malham Cove, Malham
‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ (2001)
  • Goathland, North Yorkshire
  • North Yorkshire Moors Railway (Goathland Station was transformed into “Hogsmeade” for the film.)
‘Jane Eyre’ (1996) Brimham Rocks, Nidderdale
‘Jude’ (1996) Keighley & Worth Valley Railway, Keighley
Lad: A Yorkshire Story (2013) Settle, North Yorkshire
‘Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves’ (1991) Aysgarth/Aysgarth Falls, Wensleydale
‘Secret Garden’ (1993)
  • Fountains Hall, nr Ripon, North Yorkshire
  • Allerton Castle, nr Knaresborough, North Yorkshire
‘The Railway Children’ (1970) Keighley & Worth Valley Railway, Keighley
‘The Testament of Youth’ (2014) Goathland, North Yorkshire
‘The Woman in Black’ (2012) Littondale, Yorkshire Dales
Wuthering Heights (1939, 1993) Keighley, Grassington, Hubberholme and Arncliffe
‘Yanks (1979) Keighley including Keighley & Worth Valley Railway

TV locations

Film/Series Where filmed
A Woman of Substance’ (1984)
  • Brimham Rocks, North Yorkshire
  • Richmond, North Yorkshire
‘Ain’t Misbehavin’ (1994-5) Harrogate, North Yorkshire
‘All Creatures Great and Small’ (1978-90) Wensleydale, Swaledale, Arkengarthdale (also Thirsk, Malton & Pickering)
Brideshead Revisited (1981) Castle Howard, North Yorkshire
‘Crusoe’ (2008-9) Newby Hall, Ripon
‘Heartbeat’ (1992-2009) Goathland, North Yorkshire
‘Jane Eyre’ (1970) Ripley Castle, Nr Harrogate
‘Lost in Austen’ (2008)
  • Allerton Castle, nr Knaresborough, North Yorkshire
  • East Riddleston Hall, Keighley
‘Mansfield Park’ (2007) Newby Hall, Ripon
‘The Royal’ (2003-11) North Yorkshire (the moors and various other locations)
‘The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister’ (2010)
  • High Blakey Moor and Newburgh in North Yorkshire
  • York, North Yorkshire
‘The Trip’ (2010) Malham Cove, Malham


The Keighley & Worth Valley Railway has also been used as a location for some of the UK’s best loved TV series, including ‘Sherlock Holmes’, ‘Last of the Summer Wine’, ‘Sons and Lovers’, ‘Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em’, ‘Poirot’, ‘Where the Heart Is’, ‘A Touch of Frost’.

What about the rest of Yorkshire?

Locations in South and West Yorkshire are in great demand as well. Films and TV programmes filmed in Sheffield, Wakefield, Halifax, Calderdale and other places in those great Yorkshire counties abound.

Stunning and varied locations

The counties of Yorkshire offer a wide variety of stunning locations from historical cities to pretty villages, from river valleys to beautiful dales, from heather-covered moorland to coastal drama.

And you, too, can enjoy all this scenery, along with great hospitality, good food and a warm welcome. Pay us a visit.

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