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Fantastic Cotswolds film locations: The ultimate guide (with map)

With its grand manor houses, country estates, quaint villages and historic towns, the Cotswolds has unsurprisingly become a popular spot for location scouts, appearing in big-name films ranging from Harry Potter to Bridget Jones’ Diary, James Bond to Pride and Prejudice. So if you’re looking to visit the locations that inspired your favourite movies and TV shows, our Cotswolds film locations guide reveals all – with a custom map to help you create your own film road trip.

Fantastic Cotswolds film locations: The ultimate guide (with map)
Gloucester Cathedral

Cotswolds film locations map

The map below shows some of the filming locations around the Cotswolds which have been used in movies and TV shows, with descriptions below to show where they were featured.

Cotswolds film locations map

The Broadway Tower

Fairytale hilltop folly the Broadway Tower – nicknamed the highest little castle in the Cotswolds – dates back to the late 18th century and is the second-highest point in the Cotswolds, with stunning views across 16 counties on a clear day. On screen, the tower featured as a location in Andie MacDowell rom-com Crush (2001) as well as being used in The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970) and as a clock tower in the obscure 1980s’ telepathic twins show The Gemini Factor.

The tower is 3 miles south of Broadway (WR12 7LB). It’s open to the public, with entry to the tower and grounds costing £14 adults/£6 children aged 11–16/£3 children aged 6–10.

The Broadway Tower
The Broadway Tower

Stanway House

Jacobean Stanway House is famous for its 300-foot fountain, but its historic good looks have also made it a popular location for period dramas. It was used in The Libertine (2004), with Johnny Depp playing debauched poet the Earl of Rochester, and the adaptation of classic novel Vanity Fair starring Reese Witherspoon (2004). Stanway House also appeared in TV shows Wolf Hall, The Wyvern Mysteries, The Buccaneers, Father Brown and the 1996 adaptation of Emma.

Stanway House is 6 miles south of Broadway (GL54 5PQ). It’s open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from June–August. Entry costs £11 adults/£8.50 concessions/£5 children under 14.

The entrance to Stanway House, a popular Cotswolds film location
The entrance to Stanway House


Pretty Snowshill had its taste of fame in the film Bridget Jones’ Diary (2001), featuring Renee Zellwegger as the unlucky-in-love singleton. The village was the home of Bridget’s parents – and the location of the notorious annual turkey curry buffet. Though as filming took place in July, the village had to be covered in fake snow and Christmas lights to make it look suitably festive.

Snowshill is around 3 miles south of Broadway. You can also combine your visit to Snowshill with Stanton and Stanway on a lovely 6-mile Cotswold Way circular walk.


Cosy whodunnit Father Brown is set in the fictional Cotswold village of Kembleford, but in real life it’s filmed in Blockley. This BBC TV show – now filming its 12th series – is based on the books by GK Chesterton about a crime-solving Roman Catholic priest in the 1950s. Various Blockley locations appear on screen, with the village’s Church of St Peter and St Paul featuring as Father Brown’s St Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, and the vicarage used as Father Brown’s presbytery.

Blockley is 3 miles south of Chipping Campden and 4 miles northwest of Moreton-in-Marsh.

Blockley, Coswolds filming location for Father Brown TV series
Blockley Church

Sudeley Castle

Sudeley Castle was built in 1442, and is the only private castle in England with a queen buried in its grounds – Henry VIII’s last wife Katherine Parr lived there and is buried in St Mary’s Chapel. The chapel appeared on screen in an episode of Father Brown, and the castle and grounds were also used in TV series including the 1996 adaptation of Emma starring Kate Beckinsale, Tess of the d’Urbervilles (2008) and the mini series of Charles Dickens’ novel Martin Chuzzlewit (1994).

Sudeley Castle is just outside Winchcombe (GL54 5LP). The castle and gardens are open to the public from spring to autumn, with entry costing £19.50 adults/£8.75 children aged 3–15.

Sudeley Castle
Sudeley Castle


The Regency spa town of Cheltenham has appeared in many films and TV series over the years, passing itself off as anything from Nazi Germany to London during the Napoleonic Wars. The town was the setting for two classic 1970s sitcoms – Butterflies and The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin – and also provided locations for Ronnie Barker’s 1980s TV series Clarence.

Cheltenham Town Hall appeared in the 1995 TV adaptation of Pride and Prejudice (the famous ‘Colin Firth in a wet white shirt’ version) and Vanity Fair (2004), which also included a ball scene filmed at Cheltenham’s Pittville Pump Room. Another TV series to use the Pump Room was House of Eliott (1991), a BBC show about two dressmaking sisters during the 1920s.

Cheltenham College was the filming location for Malcolm McDowell film If… (1968), though its not-too-flattering depiction of boarding school life meant the school asked not to be credited. The Queen’s Hotel became the Hotel Das Konigen in 1940s Leipzig for TV series Jenny’s War (1985) and various locations around town appear in spy thriller The Whistle Blower (1993).

Cheltenham's Pittville Pump Room
Cheltenham’s Pittville Pump Room


Gloucester’s biggest claim to fame as a film location is the cathedral’s starring role in Harry Potter films The Philosopher’s Stone (2001), The Chamber of Secrets (2002) and The Half-Blood Prince (2009), where the cloisters and corridors were used for various Hogwarts scenes.

The cathedral also featured in 2022 comedy film Catherine Called Birdy, Mary Queen of Scots (2018), The White Princess (2017), Wolf Hall (2015) and episodes of Sherlock and Doctor Who.

Other locations around the city used for filming include the Docks, which became the Port of Madras in Vanity Fair (1998) and London’s dockyards in the 18th and 19th centuries in Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) and Amazing Grace (2006). And Gloucester’s now-closed prison also appeared in The Informer (2019) and ITV series The Pembrokeshire Murders (2021).

The now-closed Gloucester Prison
Gloucester Prison

Lower Slaughter

Lower Slaughter’s unspoilt views – with no building work taking place in the village since 1906 – makes it the perfect location for period films. In 2020 it was used as a location for Emma, a comedy drama movie based on Jane Austen’s classic book. In the film, Lower Slaughter appears as Highbury, Emma’s home town, with a market set up on the village green, the village hall being transformed into a haberdashery and a house near the Old Mill becoming The Crown Inn.

Lower Slaughter is around 1.5 miles north of Bourton-on-the-Water – and if you don’t want to drive then there’s a 35-minute scenic walk connecting them.


Bourton-on-the-Water might be famous for its beautiful riverside scenery, but it’s a less glamorous location which gives it its spot on our Cotswolds film locations list. In the 2002 James Bond film Die Another Day, Pierce Brosnan took part in a icy high-speed car chase in his Aston Martin which was filmed in a Bourton car park, as well as on the ex-RAF aircraft runway at Upper Rissington.

Bourton-on-the-Water is around 4 miles south of Stow-on-the-Wold.

Cotswolds film locations in Bourton-on-the-Water


The book Cider With Rosie tells the story of author Laurie Lee’s childhood growing up in the village of Slad in the Cotswolds. The 2014 TV adaptation of the book with Timothy Spall was filmed a few miles away in Miserden, and used locations around the village including the 16th-century Carpenters Arms pub – who appropriately enough have won awards for their selection of ciders.

Miserden is 7 miles northeast of Stroud and 10 miles south of Cheltenham.


Along with Castle Combe, Bibury featured as the village of Wall in the magical fantasy film Stardust (2007), based on the novel by Neil Gaiman and starring big names like Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert de Niro and Claire Danes. Bibury’s fairytale architecture fit perfectly with the story, with Sienna Miller’s character living in one of the former weavers’ cottages along Arlington Row.

Bibury is located around 8 miles east of Cirencester. Arlington Row is owned by the National Trust but there’s no entry fee – and you can even rent one of the cottages for a holiday.

Arlington Row in Bibury, a Cotswolds film location
Arlington Row in Bibury


The Oxfordshire village of Bampton is better known to viewers of Julian Fellowes’ hit ITV drama Downton Abbey as the Yorkshire village of Downton. Bampton features heavily in both the TV series and film, with locations including St Mary’s Church, where Lady Mary married Matthew Crawley, Churchgate House as Isobel Crawley’s house and the old grammar school as Downton Hospital.

Bampton is just south of the Cotswolds AONB boundary and 4.5 miles from Whitney.

St Mary's Church in Bampton,filming location for Downton Abbey
St Mary’s Church in Bampton

Blenheim Palace

Ancestral home of the Dukes of Marlborough and birthplace of Winston Churchill, Blenheim Palace’s lavish interiors and gardens are a frequent backdrop for films and TV series. The palace has a ‘Lights, Camera, Action’ trail you can follow with locations from blockbusters Napoleon (2023), Spectre (2015), Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation (2017) and Gulliver’s Travels (2010).

Blenheim Palace also recently featured in the Bridgerton spinoff Queen Charlotte (2023), and several of the costumes from the show were put on display in the palace staterooms.

Blenheim Palace is 9 miles north of Oxford on the edge of Woodstock (OX20 1PS). It’s open to the public, and entry costs £38 adults/£22 children aged 3–16, with an annual pass included.

Blenheim Palace

Berkeley Castle

Another Cotswold stately home, 12th-century fortress Berkeley Castle has been home to the Berkeley family for 27 generations. It’s packed with history (including the cell where King Edward II was murdered), making it a favourite for TV period dramas like Poldark (2017), The White Princess (2017), Wolf Hall (2015) and The Other Boleyn Girl (2003). It also featured in Johnny English Strikes Again (2018), the third of the James Bond spoofs starring Rowan Atkinson.

Berkeley Castle is around 6 miles west of Dursley (GL13 9PJ). It’s open to the public from spring to autumn, with entry costing £16 adults/£15 concessions/£8 children aged 3–16.

Berkeley Castle in the Cotswolds
Berkeley Castle

Woodchester Mansion

Victorian Gothic Woodchester Mansion was mysteriously abandoned midway through construction, leaving a spooky shell that has made it an ideal Cotswolds film location. It featured in the second series of The Crown as Prince Phillip’s boarding school Gordonstoun. It’s also been Dracula’s castle in the BBC TV series starring David Suchet (2006). And its ghostly atmosphere has attracted spook-hunters from the TV shows Ghost Hunters International and Hauntings.

Woodchester Mansion is 6 miles southwest of Stroud (GL10 3TS). It’s open to the public Friday–Sunday, April to November. Entry costs £11 adults/£10 concessions/£2 children aged 5–16.

Woodchester Mansion near Stroud in the Cotswolds
Woodchester Mansion

Owlpen Manor

Owlpen Manor is a Tudor manor house with formal gardens set in a picturesque valley surrounded by woodland. On the small screen it has appeared as a location for Tess of the d’Urbervilles (2008) and The Other Boleyn Girl (2003). And it was also used for the Oscar-winning period drama Phantom Thread (2017), which was Daniel Day-Lewis’ last film before he retired.

Owlpen Manor is 3 miles east of Dursley, close to Uley (GL11 5BZ). The house and gardens are open for occasional public tours through the Historic Houses organisation.

Chavenage House

Chavenage House, a grand Cotswold stone Elizabethan manor house near Tetbury that’s almost unchanged for over 400 years, is one of the most popular Cotswolds film locations, appearing in a string of TV series. It most famously featured as Trenwith, ancestral home of the Poldark family in 18th-century Cornwall, in the BBC’s 2015–2019 remake of Poldark starring Aidan Turner.

Chavenage has also appeared as a filming location for historical TV series including Tess of the D’Urbervilles, Berkeley Square, Lark Rise to Candleford, Agatha Christie mystery The Pale Horse and 1990s Are You Being Served? spin-off Grace & Favour. But most recently it was another location for 2020’s Emma, appearing as Randalls, home of Mr and Mrs Weston.

Chavenage House is located 2 miles north of Tetbury in Beverston (GL8 8XP). The house is currently only open for prebooked group tours.

Filming taking place at Chavenage House in the Cotswolds
Filming in progress at Chavenage House

Badminton House

Badminton House, home of the Duke and Duchess of Beaufort, was most recently seen on screen in Netflix’s blockbuster period drama Bridgerton, providing interiors for Simon and Daphne’s house. It was also used in post-apocalyptic thriller 28 Days Later (2002), as an RAF base in WWII weepie Pearl Harbor (2001) and in Merchant Ivory film The Remains of the Day (1993).

Badminton House is around 10 miles south of Tetbury (GL9 1DB). It’s only open to the public for private group tours, with the gardens also open for occasional open days.

Dyrham Park

The spectacular 17th-century stately home Dyrham Park is surrounded by beautiful gardens and 270 acres of ancient parkland. The house was another location for the film The Remains of the Day (1993) as well as TV series Sanditon (2019), Tess of the d’Urbervilles (2008) and the mini-series Wives and Daughters (1999). The gardens also appeared in the 2021 adaptation of local author Nancy Mitford’s novel The Pursuit of Love, which starred Lily James and Dominic West.

Dyrham Park is 8 miles north of Bath (SN14 8HY). It’s run by the National Trust and is open to the public, with entry costing £19 adults/£9.50 children (free for National Trust members).

Dyrham Park National Trust site in the Cotswolds
Dyrham Park

Castle Combe

With no street lights, telegraph poles or TV aerials, it’s easy to pretend the charming village of Castle Combe in Wiltshire is from a past era. It first featured as the town of Puddleby-on-the-Marsh in the Rex Harrison musical Dr Dolittle (1967) – where Sir Ranulph Fiennes tried to sabotage filming as locals were worried a dam the crew had built would ruin the village. It was also used in Steven Spielberg’s War Horse (2011), Stardust (2007) and horror film The Wolfman (2010).

Castle Combe is around 6 miles northwest of Chippenham.

Castle Combe in the Cotswolds
Castle Combe


The Wiltshire village of Lacock is owned by the National Trust, who’ve helped preseve its quaint cottages, historic streets and 13th-century abbey. Lacock Abbey appeared in two Harry Potter films – as well as spin-off Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2017) – plus TV series The Pursuit of Love (2021), Wolf Hall (2015), The Hollow Crown (2015) and Cranford (2007).

Lacock had a starring role in the first Downton Abbey movie (2018) when it stood in for the village of Downton as the King and Queen came to visit, featuring a parade of 350 extras. It also became the fictional town of Meryton in the 2005 film of Pride and Prejudice starring Keira Knightley.

Lacock is just to the east of the Cotswolds AONB boundary, 4 miles south of Chippenham (SN15 2LG). The abbey, village and Fox Talbot museum of photography are open to the public, with entry costing £20 adults/£10 children (free for National Trust members).

Lacock Abbey National Trust site in the Cotswolds
Lacock Abbey


Beautiful Regency Bath is a popular location for films and TV series. They include the film adaptations of former resident Jane Austen’s book Persuasion (1995/2007) and other period pieces like The Duchess (2008) and Vanity Fair (2004). The city also became 19th-century Paris for Les Misérables (2012), when Russell Crowe’s Javert jumped from Pulteney Bridge.

Bath passed itself off as Regency London for Netflix series Bridgerton, with balls at The Assembly Rooms, the Holburne Museum becoming Lady Danbury’s residence and No 1 Royal Crescent the Featheringtons’ London home. And the 2023 films The Unremarkable Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory spinoff Wonka were also filmed around the city.

Bath's Royal Crescent
Bath’s Royal Crescent

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Gavin Shadbolt

Monday 9th of October 2023

Can we order a map?

I live in the area

Lucy Dodsworth

Monday 9th of October 2023

Hi Gavin, I don't have a printed version but happy to send you over a file you could get printed, what size would you like it?


Thursday 23rd of September 2021

Some fantastic places on here! I had a proper "ooh ooh ooh" moment when I saw Woodchester Mansion in The Crown.

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