Top film locations to visit in the UK

Elizabeth Yu / 28 January 2016 ( 14 February 2017 )

From Dad's Army to Swallows and Amazons, Absolutely Fabulous and The BFG. explore the film locations on our own doorstep.

From Private Pike to Bridget Jones, Edina and the BFG, 2016 sees the return of some the UK’s best-loved characters and stories to the big screen.  Many of these films were set in and shot in Britain so you can explore the set locations yourself and also visit the real-life places that served as an inspiration for our favourite stories.

Dad’s Army

The classic comedy Dad’s Army is remade for the big screen and brings together a stellar, award-winning British cast including Bill Nighy, Michael Gambon and Toby Jones. No doubt cries of “Don’t panic!” and “You stupid boy” will be reverberating around the country this February with the film’s release in February.

Filming took place in Yorkshire, largely in the seaside town of Bridlington, which stars as Walmington-on-Sea. Fans can visit Bridlington Old Town High Street and Market Place, which served as set locations. Also worth visiting are Flamborough Bay, where the German landing was filmed, Sewerby Hall, where some scenes were shot, and the steam trains at Pickering.

In June, Bridlington Old Town Summer Festival will see a bumper celebration, taking on a 1940’s theme.

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie

Our favourite fashionistas Edie and Patsy are back, still oozing glitz, glamour and err… mayhem. While the blockbuster will see the notorious twosome take a trip overseas, there’ll also be plenty of the usual shopping, drinking and clubbing their way around London’s trendiest hotspots.

So why not take yourself to the capital’s best shopping hotspots and splash the cash Ab-Fab style? Harvey Nichols, Selfridges and Harrods are typical Edie and Patsy haunts, while Knightsbridge and Oxford Street both offer a shopper’s paradise for the fashion-obsessed.


The much-loved children’s story The BFG by Roald Dahl finally makes it to the cinema screens this summer. Directed by the highest-grossing director of all time Steven Spielberg and starring Wolf Hall’s Mark Rylance as the Big Friendly Giant, this live action film took place across the country.

Film-goers will be able to spot a variety of famous English landmarks including Blenheim Palace and Buckingham Palace. And the landscape of the Isle of Skye in Scotland was used to create the story’s Giant Land.

2016 is also the centenary of Roald Dahl’s birth. The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre in Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire will be celebrating the author’s life throughout the 100th anniversary year.  And you can expect the unexpected on September 17 and 18 as Great Missenden is transformed into the Village of the Unexpected for the Roald Dahl Day celebrations.

Swallows and Amazons

A big screen remake of Swallows and Amazons, based on the classic novel by Arthur Ransome, is due for release in October.  Much of the filming took place in Lake District, where the novel is set.

Fans can indulge in the iconic scenery around Lake Windermere, Coniston Water and Derwentwater and visit the real locations that inspired Ransome. An afternoon cruise on the Coniston Launch takes you to ‘Wild Cat Island’, ‘The Amazons’ boathouse and the other spots that Ransome used to create his fascinating world.

You can also pay homage to the author by visiting his final resting place at St Paul’s Church, Rusland. At the Arthur Ransome Room in The Museum of Lakeland Life, Kendal, his desk, typewriter, pipes, books and general memorabilia are kept.

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