Movie Famous Somerset & Exmoor

17 May 2020

Barrington Court - Somerset.                             Image Ian Brodie - Copy Right   Visit Somerset  



No. 29 Fascinating Somerset Facts - Somerset is an incredibly diverse and beautiful county, rich in its history and natural beauty, with three areas of outstanding natural beauty, two cave networks, Cheddar and Wookey, the Longest Heritage Railway in West Somerset, many Castles, Stately Homes and a National Park Exmoor.  All well positioned for the perfect film and TV location work.

See where some of the most famous and Iconic Hollywood and TV series were filmed - then click each title to see how and when you can visit famous parts of Somerset.   


'Wolf Hall Location' 'Copy Right Creative England'


BARRINGTON COURT    Wolf-hall-(1).jpg
TV Series - Wolf Hall (2014)  

Barrington Court, located in the stunning south Somerset countryside, is a charming Tudor manor house complimented beautifully with Gertrude Jekyll-inspired gardens, apple orchards and a working kitchen garden. 
More Here 

BATH         Bath-One.jpg
Northanger Abbey (1986)
Persuasion (1995)

Les Miserables (2012)

Bath, Somerset is known around the world for its remarkably preserved Roman Baths and Georgian splendour, Bath is the only UK city to be designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The restorative quality of the hot springs that bubble up naturally has been recognised since the earliest of times and still draws visitors in their droves today. More Here 

BERROW BEACH                      
French and Saunders (Baywatch sketch; 1996)
Aquila (1997)
Sarah’s Smile (2004)

Berrow Dunes is a Nature Reseve Walk around the reserve on the waymarked footpaths and find the Interpretation Boards along the way. There is also access to the reserve from Berrow Beach. There is plenty to see all year round but an ideal time would be on a warm, windless day in June or July. More Here 

BOSSINGTON BEACH            Bossington-Beach-(2).jpg
The Land Girls (1998)
Killing Me Softly (2002)

A picturesque hamlet in Selworthy Parish, on the National Trust's Holnicote Estate. Distinctve cottages with decorative chimney stacks and bread ovens bulging from the facades, line the single street. There are good walks along the Coast Path to Hurlestone Point and Porlock Marsh and superb views from Bossington Hill. More Here 

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The Golden Age (2007)

Brean Down is a promontory of the Mendips Hills extending 1.5 miles out into the Bristol Channel at the eastern end of Bridgwater Bay with views over to the two small islands of Steep Holm and Flat Holm. More Here 

BRUTON        Bruton-3_2118739560.jpg
Chocolat (2000)

Bruton is a bit of a one off, even more so than every Somerset town.
Miles from anywhere, it’s a tiny and intense place, with shops, houses and chapels crowded close together even though it stands in the middle of tracts of rolling hills, and this gives it a very special character. More Here 

Restoration (1994)

CHEDDAR CAVES                   cheddar-(1).jpg

The Famous Five (1995–96)    

On the edge of the Somerset Levels, Cheddar’s elevation soars 500 feet to the top of Cheddar Gorge. Home to the country’s highest inland cliffs, Cheddar boasts one of Great Britain's most impressive landmarks alongside world-famous produce. More Here 

DULVERTON  Exmoor Somerset                               Dulverton-(1).jpg
Tess of the D’Urbervilles (1997)
The Land Girls (1998)

Tucked away on the edge of Exmoor National Park, this tiny town boasts award-winning restaurants amongst the independent shops and historic houses that line the high street. More Here 

DUNSTER CASTLE                 Dunster-(2).jpg
The Famous Five (1995–96)

Fortified home of the Luttrells for 600 years, remodelled 100 years ago. Fine 17thC staircase and plaster ceilings. Terrace garden of rare shrubs. More Here 

Emma (1995)

​EXMOOR NATIONAL PARK    Exmoor-(1).jpg
Pandaemonium (2001)

One of the most peaceful of all National Parks, Exmoor is renowned for its dramatic coastal views, heather moorland, ancient woodlands, steep combes and Exmoor Ponies.
Exmoor National Park is a unique and special place. More Here 

The Titfield Thunderbolt (1953)

This Plaque was created, dedicated to the railway that ran through Camerton and Radford, where the Titfield Thunderbolt scenes were filmed.  With a specific reminder of the Ealing Film in 1954. 
More on the stunning Cam Valley here where this treasure can be found     

GLASTONBURY TOR             
Tor.jpgAll the Little Animals (1998)
Music video for Bryan Adams’
‘(Everything I Do) I Do It for You’

Prominent hill overlooking the Isle of Avalon, Glastonbury and Somerset.

This iconic and evocative landmark offers magnificent views of the Somerset Levels, Dorset, Wiltshire and Wales.
Steeped in history and legend, excavations at the top of the Tor have revealed the plans of two superimposed churches of St Michael, of which only a 15th-century tower remains. 
Glastonbury Tor also has a grisly past. Abbot Richard Whiting was executed here in 1549 on the orders of Thomas Cromwell, the first Earl of Essex.  More Here 

Music video for Bryan Adams’ ‘(Everything I Do) I Do It for You’ (1991)

MINEHEAD                                                    _IB81874-(1).jpg
Some Mothers Do ’Ave ’Em (episode 1978)
The House of Eliott (1991–93)

With a range of things to do for all ages, Minehead is a fantastic seaside holiday destination for families, couples and those with a sense for adventure.

There are beaches to explore, a fishing quarter and an historic harbour. There’s a 14th Century church on the hill and the much-photographed historic Church Steps. Take a walk down the tree-lined Avenue and visit the selection of tea rooms, pubs and independent shops in the town centre. More Here  

AND VILLAGE           
Sense and Sensibility(1996)   The Libertine(1996)                                                               The Hound of the Baskervilles (2000)
Wolf Hall (2014)

Montacute House is a masterpiece of Elizabethan Renaissance architecture and design

Montacute House, Somerset  is a masterpiece of Elizabethan Renaissance architecture and design. With its towering walls of glass, glow of ham stone and its surrounding gardens, it is a place of beauty and wonder. More Here 

NORTON ST PHILIP      _IB84113-(1).jpg    
Moll Flanders (1996)

PRIDDY - Somerset 
Berkeley Square (1997)

The Monocled Mutineer (1986)
Pandaemonium (2001)

TYNTESFIELD   Tyntesfield-(1).jpg
Sherlock (episode 2016)

At its heart Tyntesfield is a Victorian country house and estate, which serves as a backdrop to the remarkable story of four generations of the Gibbs family. Their tale charts the accumulation of wealth from the guano trade, transformation of a Georgian house to a Victorian Gothic masterpiece and the collection of over 50,000 objects. More Here 

Blake’s 7 (episodes 1978–81)
The Libertine (1996)     Wells-(1).jpg
Doctor Who (episode 2007)
Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007) 
Hot Fuzz (2007)
The Spanish Princess 
Jack and the Giant Slayer 
BBC Poldark 

The historic City of Wells is just a short 45 minute drive from the beautiful City of Bath (UNESCO World Heritage City).Not many cities the size of Wells can boast so many beautiful landmarks - but that’s probably why it’s a key stop on any tour of Somerset. The smallest city in England, thanks to its incredible Gothic cathedral, Wells blends small-town charm with the confidence of international fame - many international film and TV series continue to be filmed here each year.  More Here 

A Hard Day’s Night (1964)
The Monocled Mutineer (1986)

A Hard Day’s Night (1964)
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (1988) • Poirot: The Cornish Mystery (1989)
The House of Eliott (1991–93)
Miss Marple: The Mirror Cracked (1992)
Allies at War (2002)

West Somerset Railway, Somerset, is a heritage steam railway operating between Minehead and Bishop's Lydeard, near Taunton. It is the longest independent railway in Britain, (20 miles). More Here 

Remains of the Day (1993)
The Cafe   (2011)  

The original British seaside resort of Weston-super-Mare on the Somerset coast is steeped with Victorian history. Dominated by a long stretches of glorious, sandy beach, Weston-super-Mare has lots to offer and is mostly on the level with no steep walkways to access the beach.  The huge, level promenade offers vistas over the beach and sea to Brean Down, Steep Holm, Flat Holm and Wales. More Here 

WOOKEY HOLE CAVES     Wookey-Image1.jpg

Doctor Who (1963, 1978, 2009) • The Wicker Man (1972–73)
Blake’s 7 (episodes 1978–81)
Robin of Sherwood (1983)

At Wookey Hole in Wookey, Somerset, 
legend has it that during the Dark Ages an old woman who kept a dog and some goats lived alone in the caves. Everything that went wrong in the village was blamed
on her, and local people believed she was a witch, casting spells and causing misfortune. More Here 

CLEVEDON.                  Clevedon-Pier-2-(1).jpg
BroadChurch  (2013)

Cliff-top walks, independent shopping and traditional holiday favourites have made Clevedon famous for decades as a serene seaside escape. More Here 

For more on Somerset's incredible history and heritage go to our interactive E Book.  

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