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Picture perfect – a guide to movies filmed in Wiltshire

Posted on 23rd July 2015

When it comes to films and blockbuster movies Wiltshire has long been a hotspot with directors and filmmakers.

A range of movies have been filmed in Wiltshire and here we take you through some of the biggest big screen and small screen films and programmes that have featured parts of the county.

Pride and Prejudice

Stourhead

Image credit: Paul McCoubrie (flickr.com)

If you are a big fan of Pride and Prejudice then you have come to the right county as the film not only features Wilton House, which was used as Pemberley, the family home of Mr Darcy, but the popular film also used the beautiful gardens at Stourhead as one of its filming locations, as well as Luckington Court in Chippenham.

There are plenty of Wiltshire holiday cottages that are nearby to Wilton House and the gardens at Stourhead should you want to retrace the steps of Elizabeth Bennet, who was played by Keira Knightley, or Mr. Darcy, who was played by Matthew Macfadyen.

See a clip from Pride and Prejudice that was filmed at the gardens at Stourhead below.

 

Harry Potter films

Lacock

Image credit: Mark Kent (flickr.com)

Parts of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince were filmed in Lacock, a small village in Wiltshire.

When Dumbledore is taking Harry Potter to meet Horace Slughorn in the film, it is Lacock that they are walking through and Slughorn’s house is on the west side of Chapel Hill to the north of the village.

Lacock Abbey, a gothic-styled abbey, was also used in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone as Hogwarts classrooms.

 

The Wolfman

Filmed in 2010, the Wolfman is a story about an American man who is bitten and subsequently cursed by a Werewolf.

Castle Combe in Wiltshire has been called the “prettiest village in England” and was used as the backdrop for the village of Blackmoor in the film.

The Tithe Barn in Lacock also featured in the film as the building where Larry Talbot, or the Wolfman, views the mutilated body of his brother.

 

War Horse

Market Cross

Image credit: shrinkin’violet (flickr.com)

Castle Combe was also used in the 2011 War Horse film. The Market Cross in the centre of the village was the setting for the horse fair, which is where Ted Narracott first buys and then is later forced to sell Joey (the horse).

 

BBC’s Animal Park

Longleat

Image credit: Roger W (flickr.com)

Longleat is not just a safari and adventure park, but has also been the home of a popular TV series.

The BBC’s Animal Park followed staff, visitors and animals at Longleat Estate, as well as showing glimpses of the life that Lord Bath lives.

The TV series was presented by Ben Fogle and Kate Humble and ran from July 2007 to March 2009.

 

Doctor Dolittle

Castle Combe has been a hotbed for movies and the 1967 version of Doctor Dolittle was predominantly filmed there too.

The village was transformed during filming so that it looked like the coastal town of “Puddleby-on-the-Marsh”, but despite this visitors on Wiltshire cottage holidays will be able to recognise the jail and the doctor’s house when visiting Castle Combe.

 

Thor: The Dark World

Stonehenge

Image credit: Qalinx (flickr.com)

If you are a big fan of the Thor franchise then you will recognise that Stonehenge featured in the Dark World film. The attraction makes an appearance when Dr. Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) recognises her friend Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgård) on TV, who has been arrested for prancing around Stonehenge naked.