From Persuasion to Bridgerton, 11 incredible real-life mansions seen on TV and film
Dig as fans Netflix‘s latest historical film, convictionmain role Dakota Johnson as Jane Austen’s Anne Elliot, The Independent took the opportunity to compile a selection of film and TV mansions to visit in real life.
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Conviction – Ammerdown House
Ammerdown House in Somerset is used as Camden Place (the Elliot residence in Bath) in Netflix’s new Jane Austen adaptation starring Dakota Johnson as Anne Elliot. Her family home, Kellynch Hall, was filmed at the private residence Trafalgar Park in Salisbury and is not open to the public. Ammerdown, on the other hand, is open as a retreat center where guests can stay, relax or host meetings and events.
Bridgeton – Ranger’s house
Located on the border of Greenwich Park and Blackheath, Ranger’s House in London is instantly recognizable as the Bridgerton family home. In reality, the building houses the Wernher Collection, an art collection assembled by businessman Sir Julius Wernher in the 19th century, which includes 700 works of art from the Renaissance, Dutch Old Masters and French tapestries. It is open to the public Wednesday through Sunday.
Downton Abbey – Highclere Castle
Highclere Castle in Hampshire is perhaps the most iconic manor house thanks to its longstanding use in British popular culture Downton Abbey series and its sequels. The huge house is currently owned by the Earl of Carnarvon, whose family occupies part of the building while the rest is used for filming and is open to the public for much of the summer. The lock was also used in the 1990s adaptation Jeeves and Wooster with Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry and scenes in eyes wide closed (1999) and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991).
The Dark Knight rises – Wollaton Hall
Wollaton Hall in Nottingham is used to portray Wayne Manor in Christopher Nolan’s third installment in his Batman trilogy. The Elizabethan country house features prominently in the film’s opening, when Anne Hathaway’s Catwoman is introduced as the backdrop for the garden party scene. Wollaton was chosen because it resembles the Mentmore Towers in Buckinghamshire used in Christopher Nolan’s first film. batman begins, during which Wayne Manor is burned to the ground. Christian Bale’s Bruce Wayne promises to rebuild the mansion: “As it was, brick by brick.” In reality, the mansion houses the City of Nottingham’s Natural History Museum and is open to the public daily.
Harry Potter – Alnwick Castle
Alnwick Castle in Northumberland was Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in 2001 Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and the 2002 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. The castle’s outer bailey is particularly recognizable as the area where Harry and his classmates learned to fly broomsticks from Madam Hooch (Zoe Wanamaker). The castle is open to the public from March to October and hosts a variety of events including ‘wand making demonstrations’.
pride and prejudice – Chatsworth house
in the pride and prejudice (2005) Chatsworth was used as Pemberley, the residence of Mr Darcy. It is believed that Jane Austen based her idea of Pemberley on Chatsworth House and wrote the novel near Bakewell. In reality, the Derbyshire Dales residence is the home of the Devonshire family and has been passed down through 16 generations. Visitors can recognize the grand staircase and ceiling of the Painted Hall, where Lizzie and the Gardiners begin their tour of Pemberley and the Sculpture Gallery, from the scene where Lizzie Bennet sees the bust of Mr Darcy. The house, garden and courtyard are open from the end of March to the beginning of January every year.
Brideshead reunion – Castle Howard
Castle Howard reprized its role as the Marchmain family home in 2008 when Brideshead reunion (2008) starring Ben Whishaw, Matthew Goode and Hayley Atwell was filmed there. They took over the cast of the legendary 1981 TV series starring Jeremy Irons, Anthony Andrews and Diana Quick. The North Yorkshire mansion has been the home of the Carlisle branch of the Howard family for more than 300 years and is open to the public daily.
Lara Croft Tomb Raider – Hatfield house
Hatfield House in Hertfordshire has been the setting for a number of famous films over the years, most notably as Croft Manor in Angelina Jolie’s film Grave robbers. The Jacobean mansion also appeared as Wayne Manor in 1989 Batman and 1992s Batman returns. Shakespeare in Love, The King’s Speech and recently The favourite also filmed everything there. The house is currently the home of Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 7th Marquess of Salisbury but is open to visitors from 19th May to 29th August whilst the park and gardens remain open until 25th September.
golden finger – Stoke Park
Stoke Park in Buckinghamshire became Britain’s first country club in 1908. The stunning estate’s golf course was used for the epic showdown between Sean Connery’s Bond and Goldfinger (Gert Fröbe), which apparently inspired Connery’s lifelong love of golf. The sports facility is currently being renovated and is expected to reopen in summer 2023.
notting hill – Kenwood house
notting hill Fans will recognize Kenwood House, nestled at the top of Hampstead Heath, from the scene where William (Hugh Grant) visits Anna (Julia Roberts) at the Henry James film location. The imposing manor house is an English Heritage Site and is open to the public free of charge.
atonement – Stokesay Court
Stokesay Court in Shropshire was the main filming location for atonement with Kiera Knightley and James McAvoy. Director Joe Wright revealed he found the stately home while flipping through copies of Country Life Magazine and ends years of searching for the perfect set.