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TV and Film Locations in Derbyshire

By Molly Scott – 29th January 2021

Derbyshire has many interesting TV and film locations. From iconic scenes in Pride and Prejudice, in Harry Potter films and Peaky Blinders, Derbyshire and the Peak District has it all. Here’s my edit of the best TV and film locations in Derbyshire for when we are back out exploring.

Stanage Edge

Stanage Edge

One of the most iconic film locations in Derbyshire; Stanage Edge (beautifully captured here by Peak District photographer, Sarah K Hagan) provided the stunning backdrop for the scene that has become synonymous with the 2005 blockbuster Pride and Prejudice featuring Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen. Even the promotional materials of the film featured Elizabeth Bennet (played by Knightley) staring dreamily over the Peak District countryside.

Stanage Edge is a rugged gritstone edge known for its brilliant walks with stunning views. Once we are free to roam again, nearby Hathersage is lovely for a potter. Try The Bank House or Coleman’s Deli for a light bite grab and go with barista coffee. The Maynard in nearby Grindleford would be an excellent place to stay or for food or drinks. If you’re looking to make a day of it, nearby Eyam has fascinating history, lovely walks, a delightful café in the village green and the delectable Coolstone that I have previously reviewed.

 

Derwent Dam at Ladybower reservoir

Featured in the 1954 film The Dambusters having been the actual site used by Lancaster bomber pilots to practice the bombing runs and target practice due to its close resemblance to the German dams. Depending on your age, you might be more familiar with the scene in East is East where the family travel past the Derwent and recount the above tale!

Ladybower reservoir was also used to film a scene in Mission:Impossible – Rough Nation starring Tom Cruise. The imposing plug hole, impressive enough in it’s own right to justify a visit, was used as a secondary filming location. A drone was used to film a special effects scene that although short, was striking enough to feature in the film’s trailer.

Park at the Upper Derwent visitor centre which is pay and display parking and has toilet facilities. Or, when everything’s back open, combine your walk with a pub meal at the Yorkshire Bridge Inn.

 

Chatsworth House

Chatsworth has been used for numerous TV and film locations; but is most synonymous with Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, having featured in both the BBC drama and the 2005 film with Keira Knightley. It’s thought Austen wrote the novel in nearby Bakewell, with Chatsworth providing the original inspiration for Pemberley, Mr Darcy’s estate. Chatsworth was used for the exterior scenes of the 2005 film and the earlier BBC TV series.

More recently, Chatsworth featured in Peaky Blinders as the home of aristocratic race horse trainer May Carleton, a key character in the second series. Fans of the cult show will recognise much of Chatsworth’s interior and exterior. Other filming at Chatsworth includes The Duchess (2008) and The Wolfman (2009), and the BBC’s Death Comes to Pemberley (2013).During lockdown, the garden, car parks, estate farm shop and takeaway food shops are open for those who live locally. All tickets must be booked online.

 

Haddon Hall

Haddon has hosted too many TV and film locations for me to list here, although there’s a full list here. Most notably, the cult 1986 film The Princess Bride featuring Robin Wright (House of Cards) and Mandy Patinkin (Homeland); Elizabeth with Cate Blanchett, The Other Boleyn Girl featuring Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman and some scenes of 2004 Pride and Prejudice film were all filmed at Haddon. Three different film adaptations of Jane Eyre have also been filmed here!

Haddon is normally open to the public but has been shut through the pandemic, only opening for its seasonal artisan markets so these are a great way to access this stunning property in the interim. Details of their spring market are expected soon and you can read my previous review here.

 

Hardwick Hall

Hardwick provided the inspiration for Malfoy Manor in Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows (2010). Exterior shots were filmed at Hardwick and then enhanced using CGI, to enhance its proportions and add dramatic towers to the roof line.

The Mary Queen of Scots film (2019), starring Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie was also shot at Hardwick. Like many National Trust properties, the gardens of Hardwick are open for locals, pre-booking essential. You can book here.

 

Kedleston Hall

This beautiful neo-classical house near Derby provided many of the locations for The Duchess (2008) starring Keira Knightley. It also featured in the BBC adaptation of Jane Eyre. During lockdown, Kedleston remains open for local exercise. Kedleston parkland, gardens and toilets are open. The kiosk is open providing a limited selection of take-away refreshments. The hall, shop and restaurant are closed. Booking essential, you can book here. 

Hadfield

In the very north of Derbyshire, close to the Manchester border, lies the village of Hadfield. Fans of the darkly satirical comedy, The League of Gentlemen (1999 – 2002) and film (2005) will recognise Hadfield as Royston Vasey.

Walk up to to the hill where the “local shop for local people” stood, although don’t expect to actually see said shop, it was an exterior built for filming and then dismantled afterwards. Likewise, many Hadfield shops were transformed for filming although fans are likely to recognise much. For a suggested walking route of sites see here. 

Once restrictions have lifted, you could explore nearby Glossop with its emerging foodie scene (check out Hyssop or the vegetarian Pepino Deli for starters) and/or hiking in the High Peak.

 

Enjoy!

Molly x

Molly Scott Derbyshire
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