Yorkshire film locations

Vast range of scenery for TV programme and film makers

Yorkshire with its vast range of the scenery offers most of the landscapes film makers dream about in just one region.

It has countryside, seascapes, moorland, villages, town and cityscapes, castles, stately homes, heritage and modern railways, old and modern roads, the list goes on.

Towns and cities have posed as London and moors have posed as Cornwall as Yorkshire has become a haven for film and TV programme makers.

No matter what your taste in TV and film, it's almost certain you will have seen many with a background of Yorkshire scenery.

Here is just a short selection of some of the region's TV locations, but there are many more famous locations which we will be adding to this page.

Gentleman Jack

Locations include Halifax Huddersfield Luddenden York

The road to Halifax has changed a bit since 1832 Shibden Hall in Halifax was the actual house where Anne Lister lived Highly-acclaimed BBC1 period drama series "Gentleman Jack" first shown between May and July 2019 is based on a Halifax real-life story, set around 1832, and used true-to-life and similar period locations in Yorkshire.

The Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield Queen Street, Huddersfield, was a location The series was mostly filmed at Shibden Hall in Halifax which was once the actual home of Anne Lister, the principal real-life character on which the drama, written by Huddersfield-born Sally Wainwright and starring Suranne Jones, is based. Anne wrote diaries about her lesbian relationships, rivals in the industrial revolution of the period and her family.

The original Crow Nest, the home of Ann Walker, played by Sophie Rundle, was just over 2 miles from Shibden Hall near Hove Edge. This, however, has been long demolished and is now surrounded by a golf course. Sutton Park, at Sutton-on-the-Forest, near York posed as this location.

Other locations to feature in the series include street scenes in Halifax, Huddersfield and York. In Huddersfield, filming centred on the late-Georgian buildings in Queen Street, and also the Lawrence Batley Theatre there, originally a Wesleyan Methodist Chapel of 1819.

Holy Trinity Church at Goodramgate, York The Lord Nelson in Luddenden The first episode of the series features a Stags Head Inn and the location used here was The Lord Nelson in Luddenden. The house dating from 1634 became an alehouse in the 18th century, originally known as the White Swan.

A number of other Yorkshire historic houses were used and the church scenes at the end of the series were at Holy Trinity Church at Goodramgate in the centre of York.

Victoria

Filmed at studios and many locations in Yorkshire

Queen Victoria at Beverley Minster Beverley Minster The highly-rated ITV series "Victoria" were all filmed in Yorkshire.

The series, produced by Mammouth Screen, have been filmed at Church Fenton Yorkshire Studios, at Church Fenton between Leeds and York, with many period locations and stately homes in Yorkshire doubling for royal palaces and other places for the history drama starring Jenna Coleman as Queen Victoria.

Beverley Minster has doubled for Westminster Abbey, although the Diamond Jubilee statue of Queen Victoria on one of its west towers was, of course, kept out of shot. Ripon Cathedral has also been used in the series.

Wentworth Woodhouse Flamborough represents an Isle of Wight beach Other Yorkshire stately locations used include Wentworth Woodhouse, seen during troop inspections in the first program of the second series, also Allerton Castle, Bramham Park, Duncombe Park, Temple Newsam House, Wentworth Castle, Brodsworth Hall and Newby Hall.

Harewood House, the 18th century stately country home at Harewood, has been used in scenes representing Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace, while Carlton Towers, near Carlton in the Selby district of North Yorkshire, represented Windsor Castle in the first Victoria series.

In series 3, shown in Spring 2019, Flamborough was used to represent beach scenes on the Isle of Wight.

Scarborough (2019 TV series)

Locations include Scarborough and elsewhere

Scarborough A new six episode soap-opera-style comedy series simply named "Scarborough" after the North Yorkshire seaside town was aired on BBC1 starting in September 2019 with some beautiful shots of the North Yorkshire seaside town separating interior scenes and location shooting in the town and sometimes elsewhere.

"Scarborough" was created by Hull-born writer Derren Litten, previously the creator of the ITV series "Benidorm", around the day-to-day lives and loves of a handful of Scarborough characters.

Their regular pub is The Good Ship, which is actually The Newcastle Packet at Sandside near Scarborough harbour. But in a surprising twist, the location used for Geraldine's hairdressers shop, which also features prominently, was not even in Yorkshire but, sadly, in Great Underbank, a street in Stockport, Greater Manchester.

Heartbeat

Locations include Goathland and the North York Moors

Goathland The village of Goathland featured very prominently as the North Riding village of Aidensfield in the ITV police series Heartbeat, a programme which in its heyday attracted TV audiences of more than 14 million.

Series of Heartbeat continued for 18 years, between 1992 and 2010, outspanning the 1960s on which it was based. The episodes strongly featured the songs from that decade. Its title was based on one such song, Heartbeat, a hit originally recorded by Buddy Holly in 1958 and covered by various artists during the 1960s. It was rerecorded for the show's theme tune by Nick Berry, who played its original star policeman Pc Nick Rowan.

TV and film fame has generated much tourism for the otherwise tranquil village on the edge of the North York Moors. This is still reflected today in the village's gift shops and 1960s relics to be found around Goathland, such as the old police vehicles used in Heartbeat.

Although Goathland was extensively used as the shooting location for Heartbeat, other locations used included Grosmont and Whitby.

Harry Potter

Locations include Goathland, Pickering, York and Malham

York station Goathland station Malham Cove The village station in Goathland on the North York Moors Railway was used as Hogsmeade station in the first Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. The station at Pickering on the same railway was also used. The pedestrian bridge at York railway station was also used in a scene.

In the seventh film of the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, there are scenes in the Yorkshire Dales including a digitally created scene at Malham Cove at Malham.

The Railway Children

Featuring Oakworth Oxenhope Haworth

Oakworth station The Edwardian station in the village of Oakworth was a major feature in the 1970 film The Railway Children, which was nominated for two BAFTA film awards.

Based on the E Nesbit novel and directed by Lionel Jeffries, The Railway Children cast included Jenny Agutter, Sally Thomsett and Gary Warren as the railway children, Dinah Sheridan as Mrs Waterbury and Bernard Cribbins as Albert Perks the station porter at Oakworth.

The film extensively used the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, which was among the first preserved steam railways in the country. It also used other locations at villages along the line, including scenes at Oxenhope and the Brontë Parsonage and Main Street at Haworth.

The Railway Children is possibly the best known use of the heritage railway, but it has a long list of film, TV and advert credits, which among many others include Yanks, Another Brick In The Wall by Pink Floyd, Brideshead Revisited, The Great Train Robbery for BBC TV in 2013, A Touch Of Frost, Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em and Peaky Blinders.

See also: Keighley, Heritage railways, Haworth, Oxenhope

External websites
 K&WVR website

Emmerdale

Locations include Harewood Esholt Otley Arncliffe Leathley

The ITV soap opera "Emmerdale" based upon the Yorkshire Dales is now based on a village set on the estate of Harewood House while interior shots are filmed at studios in Leeds.

Emmerdale was first broadcast in 1972 when it was then known as Emmerdale Farm with a fictional village of Beckindale. In 1989 the programme's name changed to Emmerdale and the name of the village also became Emmerdale in 1993.

Today Emmerdale uses a purpose-built village set on the Harewood House estate, near the village of Harewood, 6 miles west-south-west of Wetherby, 7 miles north of Leeds and 7 miles south of Harrogate.

Although the set is generally closed to the public when being used for filming, it does open for pre-booked tours on selected dates. Location filming is also used in the series. Otley represents the fictional market town of Hotten, although buildings in a number of West Yorkshire towns have been used as its locations.

Looking back at the history of the series, other Yorkshire locations have been used over many years.

Originally Emmerdale Farm was filmed in Arncliffe in Littondale where the local pub The Falcon (pictured) served as the original Woolpack. The original Emmerdale Farm buildings are near the village of Leathley.

In 1976 the location for exterior shots was moved to the village of Esholt, 4 miles north-north-east of Bradford and 4 miles south-south-east of Otley. When the purpose-built set at Harewood was created for use from 1997, it was based on the village of Esholt.

As well as its UK TV audience, Emmerdale has proved very popular with viewers in Ireland, Sweden, Finland, New Zealand and Australia.

Find on map:  Emmerdale film set.

External websites
 Emmerdale official website,  Harewood official website

Hank Zipzer

Featuring Dewsbury Halifax Bradford Wakefield Leeds

Dewsbury in West Yorkshire is where the popular CBBC series Hank Zipzer produced by Kindle Entertainment has been based for its location shooting, including a feature length Christmas special film, "Hank Zipzer - Christmas Catastrophe", which premiered on CBBC on Monday December 12, 2016.

The show stars award-winning actor Henry Winkler who also co-wrote the book series which provided its inspiration with Lin Oliver.

While the school's location in the programme is intended to be London, which is revealed in a few short background shots, the actual location is the former Birkdale High School in Dewsbury (pictured). The school was also used in the third series of Hank Zipzer in 2016. The first two series, shown in 2014 and 2015, were made at the former St Catherine's Catholic High School in Halifax.

For the latest film other locations in Dewsbury were used, together with Bradford ice rink, Wakefield city centre and Leeds University.

More about Dewsbury

See also: Bradford, Wakefield, Leeds, Halifax

Last Tango In Halifax

Halifax Ripponden Sowerby Bridge Hebden Bridge Marsden Skipton and elsewhere

Halifax The BBC series "Last Tango In Halifax" , written by Sally Wainwright, returned to TV screens with a two-part Christmas special in December 2016 with a storyline featuring a move to Huddersfield.

Although the drama is centrered on the Halifax of the title, it seems the shows producers have danced around between various locations, not all of them in Halifax. Sometimes different locations have been used in different shots for the same scene.

Holdsworth House hotel and Shibden Hall are among Halifax locations which have been used over the past three series, but shooting has also taken place in Ripponden together with Sowerby Bridge and Hebden Bridge in the Calder Valley. The Co-operative store and a pub exterior in Marsden, in the Colne Valley near Huddersfield, have also been used as locations as has the centre of Skipton.

Yorkshire purists will, however, be disappointed to read that some of the locations used by the Manchester-based production company, particularly in the first series, were actually outside Yorkshire, with locations in Cheshire and Greater Manchester posing as being in our region. It seems that film-makers are never happy without incredible achievements of make-believe!

Dad's Army (2016 film)

Famous Walmington-on-Sea in Bridlington Flamborough Beverley Pickering

Bridlington Old Town Sewerby Hall North Landing, Flamborough Bridlington is the place much of the most recent Dad's Army film was shot. The film was released in cinemas in February 2016 and was on subscription TV by December.

The new film features a host of new stars in the roles made famous in the TV comedy series which ran to 80 episodes. The comedy, based on the Home Guard of World War II, was first shown by the BBC between 1968 and 1977. It has been so popular that episodes are still regularly repeated on TV today. There was also an earlier film, featuring the original TV cast, released in 1971.

It was only the latest film which brought Walmington-on-Sea to the East Riding of Yorkshire. The Old Town in Bridlington, representing the fictional south coast town, was one of the principal locations for the Dad's Army movie.

Sewerby Hall, a Grade I listed Georgian country house in a clifftop location at Bridlington, was another location used by the filmmakers, while coastal scenes were filmed at North Landing on the nearby Flamborough headland and at the nearby Bempton Cliffs. A church hall in the East Riding's county town of Beverley was also used, as was Pickering station on the North York Moors Railway.

See also: North York Moors Railway on our Heritage railways page.


To Walk Invisible

Drama moved Haworth back in time for self-portrait

The location of the one-off period drama 'To Walk Invisible', first shown on BBC1 on Thursday December 29, 2016, saw the village of Haworth, in West Yorkshire, play itself, the village of Haworth.

The drama tells the story of the three literary Brontë sisters through the eyes of Sally Wainwright, the writer of 'Happy Valley' and 'Last Tango In Halifax' TV series. The Brontës lived at the parsonage in Haworth and did much of their writing there.

A bit of muck on the village Main Street and some period goods in the local shops and Haworth was quickly transformed back to the early 19th century for the drama. The parsonage remains the Brontë Parsonage Museum, attracting thousands of visitors each year, and the local moorland remains as alluring today as it was to the sisters themselves.

Last of The Summer Wine

Locations include Holmfirth Marsden Slaithwaite

Holmfirth in the beautiful Holme Valley, south of Huddersfield in West Yorkshire, was the principal location of TV's longest-run comedy series "Last Of The Summer Wine", featuring Clegg, Compo and Co.

Some 31 series together with Christmas specials continued over 37 years between 1973 and 2010, with many repeats of episodes since that time.

Tourists visiting the town still head for Sid's Cafe, Nora Batty's steps, the Last of the Summer Wine Exhibition or take a scenic trip around some of the other famous locations around the valley.

Holmfirth was first famous for film-making much earlier than this. Back in the early 1900s, even before Hollywood, a local company, Bamforth & Co were behind pioneering film-making work, but later became better known for their saucy seaside postcards.

All Creatures Great and Small

Thirsk vet TV locations include Askrigg Langthwaite Finghall Goathland Hardraw Leyburn Redmire Wensley

Askrigg Part of Yorkshire has become known as 'Herriott Country' after the semi-autobiographical books featuring the vet James Herriott.

The real-life vet and author was Alf Wight, full name James Alfred Wight, who spent most of his working life based in the North Yorkshire town of Thirsk where there is now a museum at his original 1940s home and veterinary practice, which featured as Skeldale House, Darrowby, in his books.

The wider scenery of the Yorkshire countryside was put on show, however, when the BBC turned the books into several series of "All Creatures Great and Small" which aired on TV between 1978 and 1990, starring Christopher Timothy, Robert Hardy and Peter Davison.

Much of the location filming was done in Wensleydale. The Skeldale House of the TV series was in the village of Askrigg, where The King's Arms was The Drover's Arms of the TV series.

Redmire Langthwaite Wensley Darrowby cattle market was the cattle market in Hawes, while Darrowby Church was a mixture of St Mary and St John Church in Hardraw and St Oswald at Askrigg. There were bus stop scenes at Redmire and wedding scenes at Wensley. Station scenes were filmed on the Wensleydale Railway at Finghall and Leyburn and, slightly further afield, Goathland station on the North York Moors Railway also made an appearance in one episode. Langthwaite in Arkengarthdale was also used to film several scenes, including the programme's opening title sequence.

See also: Wensleydale Railway and North York Moors Railway on our Heritage railways page.

Gold (2018 film)

Berlin Olympics filmed in Doncaster

Filming at Doncaster Racecourse Film makers again showed their ability to recreate all kinds of scenes in Yorkshire as Doncaster Racecourse was turned into 1936 Berlin for a historical drama film.

The racecourse had swastika and olympic flags hung from it for scenes for the film "Gold", released in 2018.

The film is a dramatisation of India's first gold medal success after independence, which was at the 1948 Olympic Games in London when its hockey team took gold. The scenes shot in Doncaster were a look back to the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

Locations include Aysgarth Hardraw

Aysgarth Falls Aysgarth Falls near the village of Aysgarth have been a much-visited Wensleydale beauty spot and a tourist attraction for more than two centuries and provided a dramatic film location for the 1991 film "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves", starring Kevin Costner.

Hardraw Force, at Hardraw about a mile north of Hawes in Wensleydale, was also used as a backdrop to scenes in the film. The fall, around 30 metres (100 feet) high, claims fame as "England's highest single-drop waterfall".

The Full Monty

Locations in Sheffield

The 1997 comedy film The Fully Monty, which follows the fortunes of six unemployed men as they become a male striptease act, filmed extensively in suburban Sheffield where the story of the film is set.

The film won BAFTA awards for best film, best actor and best supporting actor in a year which also featured the films Titanic, Mrs Brown and LA Confidential.

We'll be adding more great locations from the many productions filmed in Yorkshire soon.





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