Yorkshire’s stunning landscape and magnificent architecture has graced the big and small screen for decades, from the first moving images filmed at Leeds’ Roundhay Park in 1888, to Brideshead Revisited at Castle Howard and BBC One’s Gentleman Jack.
The natural starting point for a tour of Yorkshire’s film heritage is Bradford, the world’s first UNESCO City of Film. You’ll then discover Harry Potter, Secret Garden and Dev Patel’s David Copperfield filming locations, among others, on this DIY itinerary for film fans in Yorkshire.
The glorious Yorkshire Dales are at the heart of James Herriot’s cherished classic All Creatures Great and Small, which returned to our screens in 2020. Find out where series 1 filming took place, from country pubs to heritage railway stations.
Yorkshire is striking, unique and diverse in so many ways. From the ruggedness of Ilkley Moor to the Dickensian streets of Hull Old Town and the grandeur of Castle Howard – find out which Yorkshire destinations have made it big on screen.
Heading south to north, this driving itinerary shows off the impressive country estates, historic gardens and storied houses that have made Yorkshire such a hit with location scouts for period dramas including Downton Abbey and Victoria.
Yorkshire is now one of the UK’s most in-demand filming destinations for TV and movies, making the region an inspired holiday destination for film and TV fans. Made famous by the Brontes, our atmospheric moors and rolling dales have featured in countless films including Harry Potter, the Railway Children and Secret Garden. This is also Heartbeat land, home of Happy Valley, Last Tango in Halifax, Emmerdale and more. And Yorkshire’s country estates, heritage railways and characterful towns are hugely popular as filming locations for period dramas, including Gentleman Jack, Downton Abbey, Victoria and Peaky Blinders.
Information and images for TV and film locations in Yorkshire has been provided by our partner Screen Yorkshire, the regional film and TV body that facilitates and supports filming across Yorkshire and the Humber.