Wiltshire is famous worldwide for its landmarks, architecture, history and beautiful countryside. These wonderful assets have inspired producers to use the area as film and tv locations, but would you recognise them on screen? Here is our shortlist of 5 of All the sevens’ favourite famous filming locations in Salisbury and Wiltshire. Why not take a luxury Hollywood-inspired tour by taxi?
Sense and Sensibility
Emma Thompson, Greg Wise and Kate Winslett were just a few of the famous faces in this 1995 costume drama. Trafalgar Park stood in for ‘Barton Park’ in the novel, around 5 miles south of Salisbury this beautiful privately-owned mansion isn’t open to the public but can be glimpsed through the magical woods at Standlynch on the banks of the River Avon. Wilton House, the home of the Earl and Countess of Pembroke, lies just west of Salisbury in the market town of Wilton. It was the location for a London ball in Sense and Sensibility. A popular film location, you’ll find Wilton House popping up again later.
Tess of the D’Urbervilles
Author Thomas Hardy lived in neighbouring Dorset, and several places in the area pop up in his books under new names. This 2008 mini series of one Hardy’s famous classics starred Gemma Arterton and Eddie Redmayne. The world-famous monument of Stonehenge features towards its dramatic ending.
Bridgerton, the hugely popular Netflix series was a hit for the streaming giant earlier this year. Wilton House appears as Hastings House, the Duke of Hastings’ London property, as well as the homes of Lady Danbury and Queen Charlotte who, in real life, lived in Buckingham Palace.
Lacock and its photogenic Abbey in Wilshire has featured in a long list of screen productions. Look carefully and you might spot it in Downton Abbey, Cranford, Pride & Prejudice, Wolf Hall and the Other Boleyn Girl. Perhaps the most famous of them all is Harry Potter, with Lacock Abbey a perfect backdrop as Hogwarts in two of the films.
The Secret Garden
The Secret Garden starring Colin Firth and Julie Walters was adapted from the 1911 children’s classic by Frances Hodgson Burnett. It is the story of a young girl who goes to stay with her uncle only to find a magical garden in the grounds. A secret garden sounds like a beautiful location doesn’t it! Partly filmed at Iford Manor Gardens near Bradford on Avon, if you go by taxi you’ll have the chance to admire the statue of Britannia on top of the picturesque stone bridge as you arrive at this romantic secret place.
All the sevens taxis covers Salisbury and its surrounding areas. We can pick you up at your home, the station or your hotel to visit any of the wonderful destinations in our beautiful county.