Film & Movie Locations

Film set locations

Oxfordshire and the Cotswolds offer a wealth of beautiful locations which have been used in many films, T.V show and dramas. Some of the most popular and most visited are listed below

Bampton – This old Cotswold village near Winey was used as a location for many scenes in Downtown Abbey particularly the outside shots of The Old Rectory which was known as Isobel Crawley’s house. The entrance to the cottage hospital was in fact St Mary’s Church and also the library.

Cogges Manor Farm – Used extensively over the years for its portrayal of traditional farm life in yeasteryear there have been many films and dramas shot here. The Yew Tree Farm scenes from Downstown Abbey were also shot here.

Blenheim Palace – Countless famous films and dramas have been shot here, in recent times the most notable of them includes Gulliver’s Travels, Cinderella, Mission Impossible – Rouge Nation, James Bond featured in Spectre plus the critically acclaimed adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The BFG.

Oxford – A flim-makers delight! The stunning architecture and sheer beauty of the dreaming spires of Oxford makes it a treasure trove for film buff lovers. Most recently it is synonymous with the Harry Potter series of films. Locations such as the Tudor Dining Hall and staircase at Christ Church, Divinity Scholl (which was the Hogwarts infirmiry) and the Cloisters at New Collge which featured in The Goblet of Fire.

Other noticeable films include: Oxford Murders featuring Elijah Wood, John Hurt and Julie Cox. The Golden Compass featuring Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig, Brideshead Revisited, X-Men 1st Class, The Mummy, Tramsformers 5 and Testament of Youth

Oxford is also the key location for the hugely successful series of Dramas based upon Inspector Morse which also includes the Lewis and Endeavour police drama series.

Harry Potter inspiration based in Oxford

Broughton Castle – This jewel in the crown of North Oxfordshire has been used many times as a backdrop for many period dramas including the 2011 adaptation featuring Dame Judi Dench and Micael Fassbender of Shakespear in Love it was also used in the 2014 series Wolf Hall.

Didcot Railway Centre – Similarly to Coggs Manor Farm, Didcot Railway centre affords the perfect setting for period films and dramas, it has been used recently for Sherlock Holmes: A game of Shadows featuring Robert Downey Jr, Jude Law and the Anna Karenina featuring Keira Knightley