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Film and tv locations in North Yorkshire

By Natalie Johnson – 12 January 2021

Film and tv locations in North Yorkshire

I don’t about you but since the start of the first lockdown, I’ve watched a little more television than I would normally. I do love a good boxset but I’ve realised I particularly enjoy watching anything close to home, from the Yorkshire vet to the Dales and the Lakes to the railway children. I just adore the Yorkshire backdrop, and it got me thinking about some of the tv shows and productions that have been filmed in this stunning county.

Here are a few!

*Due to the latest government guidelines, many places remain closed for the time being, but you can keep up to date on their social media channels and websites.

Newby Hall, Skelton-on-ure, Ripon HG4 5AE


This beautifully historic Grade I listed 18th century Adam house is one of the finest of its kind and has been featured many times on location for film and tv productions and projects.

Peaky Blinders filmed their first series here in Autumn 2012.

Victoria was filmed throughout Yorkshire in 2015 and Newby Hall doubled up as Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace. In 2018 filming returned and Newby stood in for the gardens of Osborne House.

Mansfield Park, the adaptation of Jane Austen’s 1814 novel was filmed entirely on location at Newby, how exciting!

Thirsk, North Yorkshire – The World of James Herriot, The most famous vet in the world


One of my favourite shows growing up was The BBC’s All Creatures Great and Small, it really showed the North Yorkshire landscape at its best and it got me longing to live somewhere so beautiful.

You can visit the wonderful World of James Herriot and walk through his fully restored 1940’s home, veterinary practice, and dispensary at 23 Kirkgate in Thirsk Y07 1PL.

As well as Thirsk there where many other memorable locations filmed for this series;

  • Darrowby Church
  • The Church of St. Mary and St. John, Bellow Hill, Hardraw, Hawes, DL8 3LZ
  • Darrowby Cattle Market
  • Market Place, Hawes DL8 3RD
  • Skeldale House
  • Skeldale House (now a B&B), Main Street, Askrigg, DL8 3HT
  • Darrowby Bus Stop
  • Redmire Village Green, Leyburn DL8 4EJ
  • James & Helen’s wedding
  • Holy Trinity Church, Low Lane, Leyburn DL8 4HX
  • Darrowby Station
  • Finghall Railway Station, Chapel Lane, Leyburn DL8 5LZ
  • “The finest view in England” – Alf Wight
  • Sutton Bank, Thirsk, YO7 2EH

Whitby, North Yorkshire coast


Bram Stoker brought Count Dracula to England and it was a backdrop to the two most iconic Dracula films, including the 1931 classic starring Bela Lugosi. Whitby rightly so still celebrates its spooky connections.

Goathland railway station, YO22 5NF


The North Yorkshire Moors Railway heritage station in Goathland, has appeared in both film and tv. More recently Hogsmeade station where the famous Hogswart Express stopped in Harry Potter. Also recorded many times in Heartbeat, the vintage drama series, which ran for a total of 18 years. The Moorland village had the perfect traditional surroundings to pass as the 1960’s.

Castle Howard, York YO60 7DA


This attractive building is not actually a castle, it’s an English country house that was built on the site of a former castle and is probably one of the most familiar of heritage houses to tv and film audiences.

Brideshead Revisited, Victoria, Bridgerton, and Dowton Abbey have all used the stunning Castle Howard as the backdrop for their cinematic and television settings.

Brideshead Revisited broadcast in 1981 was the first to truly show the iconic stately home in all its glory.

Aysgarth Falls, Yorkshire Dales National Park, Leyburn DL8 3TH


The three stepped waterfalls, named Upper force, Middle force, and Lower force at Aysgarth have been a tourist attraction for over 200 years and are one of my all-time favourite places to visit ( it helps that it’s only 15 minutes away from me).

The famous river fight scene between Kevin Costner and ‘Little John’ from Robin Hood Prince of Thieves was famously filmed here in the Lower falls, although all falls were featured in the film.

It’s no surprise to see why this incredible county has been chosen as the backdrop for so many fantastic tv-series and films, I’m looking forward to finding more shows that celebrate beautiful North Yorkshire and visiting the places as soon as it is safe to do so!


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Natalie Johnson NorthYorks
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