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5 of the Best UK Filming Locations


Best Film Locations

Magical and memorable UK filming locations aren’t hard to come by. Our tiny nation is famous in the film industry for its incredible array of unique filming locations, ranging all the way from glamorous castles and manors to haunted forests, from dramatic, crumbling coastlines to glorious countryside. There truly is everything a filmmaker could dream of.

And there’s an incredible number of roles in the film industry as well – many of which require dedicated time on set. If you find yourself filming at any of these locations throughout the UK, then there’s a good chance that you’ll be driving to and from them, with the costs coming out of your own pocket.

Are you being reimbursed for your mileage correctly? Did you even know that you could be claiming back tax in the first place? Keep on reading to find out how our Claim Back Tax team can help.

The 5 Best UK Filming Locations

It’s almost impossible to choose just 5 of the best UK filming locations – where on earth do you begin? From classic movies all the way to independent, small-scale films, there are some special filming spots that everyone will recognise. Here are 5 of the best ones.

Alnwick Castle

Ok – let’s begin with one of the most famous filming locations in the UK: Alnwick Castle. This famous backdrop steals the attention in so many different scenes, and it comes as little surprise that it’s been used in action, drama, and even in the world of wizardry and witchcraft.

Perhaps its most famous appearance, Alnwick Castle is a regular in the first two Harry Potter features. But as well as forming the backdrop for broomstick lessons and flying-car-crash-sites, it features in Transformers, Robin Hood, and even in Downtown Abbey. The historic castle is a versatile and atmospheric location.

Unfortunately, it’s located in Northumberland. It’s highly likely that you’ll quickly rack up the miles getting there for some filming.

Old Royal Naval College

This one’s considerably closer to London, but it’s no less spectacular. Found in the heart of the Greenwich UNESCO World Heritage site, the Old Royal Naval College is a fantastic example of a cultural treasure in the heart of the city – and it makes for one of the most impressive filming locations in all of the UK.

The beautiful Baroque buildings of the college have seen Meryl Streep (as Margaret Thatcher in the Iron Lady) and Johnny Depp (as Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean On Stranger Tides) strut their stuff. On top of that, Thor, Cinderella, Sherlock Holmes, Prince Charming, Les Misérables, and even some CGI-specials have all been filmed on the grounds. So much filming has taken place here that you can even do a film and TV location tour of the grounds!

Bourne Woods

Next up is Bourne Woods – an outdoor filming location like no other. These eerie trees are often cited as one of the best filming locations in the UK due to their close links to central London, their dramatic setting, and their unique natural light.

You won’t be surprised to discover that Harry Potter has also found himself in these woods. However, on top of that, Gladiator, Avengers, Snow White, Wonder Woman, and War Horse have all enjoyed the magic created by this natural Surrey set.

Chatsworth House

Chatsworth House is a filming location fit for royalty – and that’s where it seems to shine the most. This lavish country home comes with lush gardens and farmyard, and makes for some dramatic scenes, perched on the edge of the Peak District National Park.

With an incredible 35,000 acres to play on, it’s one of the most grand, moody, and eye-catching filming locations in the UK. But that’s not to say that it isn’t flexible, and Pride and Prejudice quickly ensured that it became a fan favourite. The Duchess and The Crown are two other big-hitting blockbusters that enjoyed the regal grounds.

Glen Etive

This one will really add the miles to your allowance, but how could we ignore one of the most spectacular filming locations in all of the UK? Found in the heart of sombre and serene Glencoe, Glen Etive is a film location that wows every single time it’s used.

The producers and directors for the 2012 hit Skyfall were quick to discover that and made sure that Glen Etive was shot in all its glory. When Bond and M need a safe place to hide, they head to the family estate deep in the glen and find some new trouble there instead. Mel Gibson also saw fit to film some of Braveheart deep in the stunning Glencoe area.

Claim Back Tax on Your UK Filming Locations

So, if you weren’t already aware, working on film sets in the UK can take you to just about every corner of Great Britain! And when it does, you should be receiving a full reimbursement for the miles that you cover.

If you aren’t, then you’re missing out – potentially on thousands of pounds. Contact the Claim Back Tax team to find out exactly how much we can help you get it back. We specialise in tax refunds, and we can even backdate your claim for up to four years.

No matter where you’re filming and how far you’re travelling, get in touch with our friendly team and we can help make your journey that little bit sweeter.