Filming Locations in the North

Tom Grieve, Cinema Editor

It’s only natural to want to emulate what you see on screen. But while we can’t all necessarily set the nation’s pulses racing by emerging dripping wet from the lake at Lyme Park, as Colin Firth did in Pride and Prejudice, or thunder through space and time like Thor in Avengers: Endgame, or even cast spells at the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry…we can tread the same steps as our on-screen heroes, and get a little bit closer to the glamour of the silver screen at the same time.

Indeed, location scouts and production companies have returned to the North of England again and again, decade after decade, and by exploring the region through their lens, it’s possible to appreciate anew the region’s landscapes and architecture. Stately homes can be imagined as otherworldly palaces, industrial streets transform into bustling New York, stark beaches warp into desolate alien planets and ancient rocks become home to our literary icons.

Of course, the North of England has welcomed plenty of Hollywood types over the years, but we’re also a region with our own stories and identity. From the famed long-running soaps Coronation Street and Emmerdale, to adaptations of the work of the Brontë sisters, and the recent output of writer Sally Wainwright, fans of film and television can get a real sense of the North by visiting the sites chosen for its fictions and fantasies.