A film and TV tour around Yorkshire holiday cottages

A film and TV tour around Yorkshire

The fact that the recent TV ratings hit Victoria is filmed primarily within Yorkshire got me thinking about some of the other film and TV shows that have highlighted this region.

Here is my guide to ten famous Yorkshire film and TV locations.

1. Goathland - Heartbeat and Harry Potter

Halmer Grange - Holiday Cottage Goathland

The very pretty village of Goathland will be familiar to many people as the fictional Aidensfield in the popular ITV drama Heartbeat. Stop by this village that’s just a few miles from Whitby and you can see the classic cars used in the series. You can also pay a visit the local Aidensfield store to stock up on some memorabilia.

While in Goathland you can also visit the North York Moors Railway station that doubled up as Hogsmeade in the Harry Potter films.

2. Aysgarth Falls - Robin Hood Prince of Thieves

The stunning backdrop of Aysgarth Falls was used to great effect in Robin Hood Prince of Thieves. You may remember Kevin Costner in his heyday ending up in the river after battling with Little John. It’s a classic scene from this iconic 90s movie and showcases the magnificent falls beautifully.

3. Kettlewell - Calendar Girls

Calendar Girls is of course the wonderful true story of 12 ladies from a Yorkshire WI who dared to bare all in order to raise money for Leukaemia Research. The inevitable film starring Helen Mirren was filmed in and around Kettlewell and a “Calendar Girls Trail” brochure can be bought at the local shops and pubs. It gives information on the landmarks and buildings used in the film.

4. Esholt & Otley - Emmerdale

Esholt Woolpack

This beautiful village of Esholt near Shipley was home to Emmerdale from 1976 until 1994 with the pub doubling as the Emmerdale local. Although it’s now filmed in a Leeds studio with the village recreated on the Harewood House estate you can still pay a visit to The Woolpack in Esholt and see the many original cast photos inside.


If you fancy following in the footsteps of the Emmerdale locals and visiting Hotten for a bit of shopping, you should head to the market town of Otley that doubles as this town.

5. Newby Hall - Mansfield Park

Newby Hall

This Grade I listed 18th century country house is situated on the banks on the River Ure near Boroughbridge in North Yorkshire. Within the house there are collections of paintings, furniture and other historic items while outside there are woodland walks and herbaceous borders.

Newby Hall was used for a 2007 ITV adaptation of the classic Jane Austen novel Mansfield Park.

6. Thirsk - All Creatures Great and Small

Thirsk James Herriot

The well-loved TV series ran for seven series between 1979 and 1990 and was based on the classic books which told the stories of Yorkshire vet, James Herriot.

The World of James Herriot in Thirsk allows visitors to immerse themselves in the world of this 1940s vet and has the largest collection of Herriot memorabilia in the world. It is also worth heading into local Dales towns and villages such as Askrigg, Hawes and Malton to find more filming locations.

7. Malham Cove - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Malham Cove Landscape

Fans of the Harry Potter films will probably remember Harry and Hermione setting up camp in the Yorkshire Dales while preparing for their final battle with Voldemort. The spot that they picked was the Limestone Pavement at the top of Malham Cove and the film highlights some of the stunning scenery of this region with views across Malhamdale including Cawden and Kirby Malham.

8. Keighley and Worth Valley Railway - The Railway Children

Oakworth Station

I have always loved The Railway Children and the film version with Jenny Agutter was filmed right here in Yorkshire at the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway. Relive this classic film (it was always one of my favourites) by visiting Oakworth station which was one of the main locations for the film.

Alternatively, a circular 2.5-mile walk from Haworth station takes in many of The Railway Children’s iconic scenes.

9. Castle Howard - Brideshead Revisited

Castle Howard

Castle Howard is a magnificent 18th century building set within the stunning Howardian Hills. It is best known as the setting for two adaptations of Brideshead Revisited and for many the impressive stately home is eponymous with this classic novel.

Castle Howard has also been used in a variety of other film and TV series including Death Comes to Pemberley in 2013 and the current series of Victoria.

10. Harewood House - Victoria

Harewood House

Harewood House was one of the key filming locations for Victoria and its magnificent rooms have been transformed into Buckingham and Kensington Palaces. In celebration of this many of the costumes used in the drama will form part of a Victoria exhibition in 2017.

Harewood House

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