Yorkshire film locations
Vast range of scenery for TV programme and film makers
It has countryside, seascapes, moorland, villages, town and cityscapes, castles, stately homes, heritage and modern railways, old and modern roads, the list goes on.
Towns and cities have posed as London and moors have posed as Cornwall as Yorkshire has become a haven for film and TV programme makers.
No matter what your taste in TV and film, it's almost certain you will have seen many with a background of Yorkshire scenery.
Here is just a short selection of some of the region's TV locations, but there are many more famous locations which we will be adding to this page.
The recent BBC mini-series, created by Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat and shown in the New Year of 2020, however, spins off the plot into a very modern twist as Dracula arrives at Whitby.
While Whitby is clearly represented in the third episode with scenes of its abbey, very little was filmed in the town. Under the cover of darkness, a slightly characterless cemetery in Berkshire posed in place of the stimulating Yorkshire town where 199 steps lead from the harbour to the graveyard of the ancient St Mary's Church on the east cliff near the abbey.
Halifax Huddersfield Luddenden York
The original Crow Nest, the home of Ann Walker, played by Sophie Rundle, was just over 2 miles from Shibden Hall near Hove Edge. This, however, has been long demolished and is now surrounded by a golf course. Sutton Park, at Sutton-on-the-Forest, near York posed as this location.
Other locations to feature in the series include street scenes in Halifax, Huddersfield and York. In Huddersfield, filming centred on the late-Georgian buildings in Queen Street, and also the Lawrence Batley Theatre there, originally a Wesleyan Methodist Chapel of 1819.
A number of other Yorkshire historic houses were used and the church scenes at the end of the series were at Holy Trinity Church at Goodramgate in the centre of York.
Filmed at studios and many locations in Yorkshire
The series, produced by Mammouth Screen, have been filmed at Church Fenton Yorkshire Studios, at
Harewood House, the 18th century stately country home at
In series 3, shown in Spring 2019,
Scarborough (2019 TV series)
Scarborough and elsewhere
"Scarborough" was created by Hull-born writer Derren Litten, previously the creator of the ITV series "Benidorm", around the day-to-day lives and loves of a handful of Scarborough characters.
Their regular pub is The Good Ship, which is actually The Newcastle Packet at Sandside near Scarborough harbour. But in a surprising twist, the location used for Geraldine's hairdressers shop, which also features prominently, was not even in Yorkshire but, sadly, in Great Underbank, a street in Stockport, Greater Manchester.
Goathland and the North York Moors
Series of Heartbeat continued for 18 years, between 1992 and 2010, outspanning the 1960s on which it was based. The episodes strongly featured the songs from that decade. Its title was based on one such song, Heartbeat, a hit originally recorded by Buddy Holly in 1958 and covered by various artists during the 1960s. It was rerecorded for the show's theme tune by Nick Berry, who played its original star policeman Pc Nick Rowan.
TV and film fame has generated much tourism for the otherwise tranquil village on the edge of the North York Moors. This is still reflected today in the village's gift shops and 1960s relics to be found around Goathland, such as the old police vehicles used in Heartbeat.
Although Goathland was extensively used as the shooting location for Heartbeat, other locations used included
In the seventh film of the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, there are scenes in the
The Railway Children
Based on the E Nesbit novel and directed by Lionel Jeffries, The Railway Children cast included Jenny Agutter, Sally Thomsett and Gary Warren as the railway children, Dinah Sheridan as Mrs Waterbury and Bernard Cribbins as Albert Perks the station porter at Oakworth.
The film extensively used the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, which was among the first preserved steam railways in the country. It also used other locations at villages along the line, including scenes at Oxenhope and the Brontë Parsonage and Main Street at Haworth.
The Railway Children is possibly the best known use of the heritage railway, but it has a long list of film, TV and advert credits, which among many others include Yanks, Another Brick In The Wall by Pink Floyd, Brideshead Revisited, The Great Train Robbery for BBC TV in 2013, A Touch Of Frost, Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em and Peaky Blinders.
Emmerdale was first broadcast in 1972 when it was then known as Emmerdale Farm with a fictional village of Beckindale. In 1989 the programme's name changed to Emmerdale and the name of the village also became Emmerdale in 1993.
Today Emmerdale uses a purpose-built village set on the Harewood House estate, near the village of Harewood, 6 miles west-south-west of
Although the set is generally closed to the public when being used for filming, it does open for pre-booked tours on selected dates. Location filming is also used in the series.
Looking back at the history of the series, other Yorkshire locations have been used over many years.
In 1976 the location for exterior shots was moved to the village of
As well as its UK TV audience, Emmerdale has proved very popular with viewers in Ireland, Sweden, Finland, New Zealand and Australia.
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Last Tango In Halifax
Halifax Ripponden Sowerby Bridge Hebden Bridge Marsden Skipton and elsewhere
Although the drama is centrered on the Halifax of the title, it seems the shows producers have danced around between various locations, not all of them in
Holdsworth House hotel and Shibden Hall are among Halifax locations which have been used over the past three series, but shooting has also taken place in Ripponden together with Sowerby Bridge and Hebden Bridge in the Calder Valley. The Co-operative store and a pub exterior in Marsden, in the Colne Valley near Huddersfield, have also been used as locations as has the centre of Skipton.
Yorkshire purists will, however, be disappointed to read that some of the locations used by the Manchester-based production company, particularly in the first series, were actually outside Yorkshire, with locations in Cheshire and Greater Manchester posing as being in our region. It seems that film-makers are never happy without incredible achievements of make-believe!
Dad's Army (2016 film)
Famous Walmington-on-Sea in
Bridlington Flamborough Beverley Pickering
The new film features a host of new stars in the roles made famous in the TV comedy series which ran to 80 episodes. The comedy, based on the Home Guard of World War II, was first shown by the BBC between 1968 and 1977. It has been so popular that episodes are still regularly repeated on TV today. There was also an earlier film, featuring the original TV cast, released in 1971.
It was only the latest film which brought Walmington-on-Sea to the East Riding of Yorkshire. The Old Town in
Sewerby Hall, a Grade I listed Georgian country house in a clifftop location at Bridlington, was another location used by the filmmakers, while coastal scenes were filmed at North Landing on the nearby
See also: North York Moors Railway on our
The Happy Valley concerned is the Calder Valley in West Yorkshire plus nearby Huddersfield.
Both series had a high level of location shooting in the area with the police station and railway station among scenes filmed in Sowerby Bridge, street scenes in the King Cross area of Halifax, while the mill used was Brooke's Mill at Armitage Bridge, near Huddersfield.
There were also scenes in Huddersfield town centre and at its former Kirklees College building and in the towns of Brighouse, Elland, Hebden Bridge and Todmorden.
The real names of local towns were referred to in the series, but with fictitious venues such as Dewsbury Prison.
Last of The Summer Wine
Holmfirth Marsden Slaithwaite
Some 31 series together with Christmas specials continued over 37 years between 1973 and 2010, with many repeats of episodes since that time.
Tourists visiting the town still head for Sid's Cafe, Nora Batty's steps, the Last of the Summer Wine Exhibition or take a scenic trip around some of the other famous locations around the valley.
Holmfirth was first famous for film-making much earlier than this. Back in the early 1900s, even before Hollywood, a local company, Bamforth & Co were behind pioneering film-making work, but later became better known for their saucy seaside postcards.
Open All Hours / Still Open All Hours
Featuring the Balby district of
Four series of "Open All Hours", starring Ronnie Barker, were made between 1976 and 1985 and six series of "Still Open All Hours", with David Jason in the leading role, have been made since 2013. The shop featuring in all the episodes is, of course, given extra character for filming, but is located in the Balby area of Doncaster.
All Creatures Great and Small
Thirsk vet TV locations include Askrigg Langthwaite Finghall Goathland Hardraw Leyburn Redmire Wensley
The real-life vet and author was Alf Wight, full name James Alfred Wight, who spent most of his working life based in the North Yorkshire town of
The wider scenery of the Yorkshire countryside was put on show, however, when the BBC turned the books into several series of "All Creatures Great and Small" which aired on TV between 1978 and 1990, starring Christopher Timothy, Robert Hardy and Peter Davison.
Much of the location filming was done in Wensleydale. The Skeldale House of the TV series was in the village of
See also: Wensleydale Railway and North York Moors Railway on our
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
Hardraw Force, at
The Full Monty
The 1997 comedy film The Fully Monty, which follows the fortunes of six unemployed men as they become a male striptease act, filmed extensively in suburban
The film won BAFTA awards for best film, best actor and best supporting actor in a year which also featured the films Titanic, Mrs Brown and LA Confidential.
The show stars award-winning actor Henry Winkler who also co-wrote the book series which provided its inspiration with Lin Oliver.
While the school's location in the programme is intended to be London, which is revealed in a few short background shots, the actual location is the former Birkdale High School in Dewsbury (pictured). The school was also used in the third series of Hank Zipzer in 2016. The first two series, shown in 2014 and 2015, were made at the former St Catherine's Catholic High School in Halifax.
For the latest film other locations in Dewsbury were used, together with Bradford ice rink, Wakefield city centre and Leeds University.
To Walk Invisible
Haworth back in time for self-portrait
The drama tells the story of the three literary Brontë sisters through the eyes of Sally Wainwright, the writer of 'Happy Valley' and 'Last Tango In Halifax' TV series. The Brontës lived at the parsonage in Haworth and did much of their writing there.
A bit of muck on the village Main Street and some period goods in the local shops and Haworth was quickly transformed back to the early 19th century for the drama. The parsonage remains the Brontë Parsonage Museum, attracting thousands of visitors each year, and the local moorland remains as alluring today as it was to the sisters themselves.
Gold (2018 film)
Berlin Olympics filmed in
The racecourse had swastika and olympic flags hung from it for scenes for the film "Gold", released in 2018.
The film is a dramatisation of India's first gold medal success after independence, which was at the 1948 Olympic Games in London when its hockey team took gold. The scenes shot in Doncaster were a look back to the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.