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Retrace the footsteps of the stars with the National Trust


2073_image1.jpg​From lavish costume dramas in stately settings to once-upon-a-times in magical forests and otherworldly woodlands, there are lots of film-inspired days out to choose from.

Here's the National Trust's pick of the best places to follow in the footsteps of the stars:
Mr. Turner (2014)
Petworth House and Park, West Sussex 
Awards: Nominated OSCAR for Cinematography, Music – Original Score, Costume Design and Production Design.
Nominated BAFTA for Cinematography, Costume Design, Make-up and Hair, and Production Design
Mike Leigh's award-winning film, Mr. Turner explores the last quarter century of landscape painter, JMW Turner. Leigh filmed for just over a week at Petworth House, which was the seat of one of Turner's greatest patrons - the third Earl of Egremont, played by Patrick Godfrey in the film. Turner famously had the run of the house when he visited, and annexed the enormous library as his art studio, which is vividly brought back to life in the film.
From 10 January to 11 March 2015 Petworth House hosts Mr. Turner – an exhibition, which will feature major artworks and original items belonging to Turner himself, together with props and visuals from the film.
Opening Times: House open 14 March – 4 November, Mon, Tue, We, Sat and Sun, 11am – 5pm. Pleasure grounds, shop and restaurant open 10am – 5pm every day. Closed 24 & 25 December.
Into the Woods (January 2015)
Ashridge Forest, Hertfordshire
Awards: Nominated OSCAR for Meryl Streep, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, 2073_image2.jpgProduction Design and Costume Design.
Nominated BAFTA for, Costume Design, and Make-up and Hair
Ashridge was the inspiration for the enchanted forest in the recent Disney blockbuster Maleficent.  Now Ashridge works its magic again in Disney's forthcoming live-action fairytale musical, Into the Woods. In cinemas from January 2015, the ancient woodland has been transformed (with some computer graphics trickery) into the home of some of the Brothers Grimm's most famous characters. No stranger to the limelight the woodland at Ashridge has appeared in Les MisérablesSleepy Hollow and Harry Potter.
Opening Times: Estate open all year, dawn to dusk. Visitor centre and shop closed 24 & 25 December.
Far from the Madding Crowd (May 2015)
Claydon House, Buckinghamshire
Claydon House will appear on the silver screen this spring in the latest adaptation of Thomas Hardy's classic novel Far from the Madding Crowd. Directed by Thomas Vinterberg and starring Carey Mulligan as Bathsheba Everdene and Michael Sheen as William Boldwood, the crew spent ten days at Claydon, which doubles up as Mr. Boldwood's mansion. Fans of the novel won't be disappointed with the dramatic Christmas party scenes, which saw Claydon lavishly dressed with Christmas trees, mistletoe and garlands. Other National Trust locations in the film include Cogden Beach and the Golden Cap in Dorset. The Trust also looks after Hardy's Cottage in Dorset where the novelist was born and wrote Far from the Madding Crowd and the home he designed in 1885, 2073_image3.jpgMax Gate in Dorchester. And just last year Slepe Heath, a magical heathland in Dorset which inspired Hardy was acquired by the National Trust.
Opening Times: 14 March – 1 November, Mon, Tue, Wed, Sat & Sun, 11am – 5pm
Pan (July 2015)
Stowe, Buckinghamshire
In director Joe Wright's fourth film to include National Trust locations, he puts a spin on J.M. Barrie's original 1911 Peter Pan story. The film stars young newcomer Levi Miller as an orphan who is kidnapped by a troupe of pirates, headed by the evil Blackbeard (Hugh Jackman) and taken to Neverland, where he later becomes Peter Pan. Stowe's Grade I Palladian bridge in Buckinghamshire was chosen as the location for a special night time shoot involving flashback scenes with Peter's mother Mary, played by Amanda Seyfried.
Opening Times: Open all year except Christmas Day, 10am – 6pm
Cinderella (March 2015)
Cliveden, Berkshire
Directed by Kenneth Branagh, this live-action feature retells the classic fairy-tale Cinderella. The film stars Downton's Lily James as the disadvantaged princess and Game of Throne's Richard Madden as Prince Charming.  During the shoot animators and filmmakers from Disney visited Cliveden in Berkshire, seeking inspiration for the famous clock tower and fountain. And the clock which strikes midnight in the film is certainly reminiscence of Cliveden's 30 metre tall clock tower with its gold-gilded face.
Opening Times: Garden, shop, café and woodland open 14 February – 31 December, 10am – 5.30pm. Property closed on 25 2073_image4.jpg& 26 December.
A Little Chaos (April 2015)
Ham House, London, Cliveden, Berkshire, Ashridge, Buckinghamshire
A Little Chaos follows Sabine (Kate Winslet), a strong-willed landscape designer who challenges sexual and class barriers when she is chosen to build one of the main gardens at King Louis XIV's new palace at Versailles. Directed by Alan Rickman the 18th century French palace and grand houses were actually shot in England, at Ham House which sits on the banks of the Thames, in the 75 acres of Cliveden's landscaped gardens in Berkshire and in the ancient woodland at Ashridge in Buckinghamshire.
Opening Times: House open 13 March – 1 November, 12pm - 4pm. Garden, below the stairs, shop and café open all year, 10am – 5pm. Property closed on 25 & 26 December.

Dracula Untold (2014)
Northern Ireland 
Starring Luke Evans, Dracula Untold is based on the original Bram Stoker novel and it also explores the origin of Dracula. The action was filmed at well-known National Trust locations in Northern Ireland including the Giant's Causeway, Mount Stewart and Divis and the Black Mountain. Familiar backdrops include the wide open spaces of Divis which hosted battle scenes and the Italian Garden at Mount Stewart which played home to the grounds of Dracula's castle. Meanwhile it will be hard to miss the world famous Causeway stones which double as a fictional mountain in Transylvania – with a little CGI help.
Opening Times: Giant's Causeway open all year, dawn to dusk. Closed 24, 25 & 26 December.
Mount Stewart, Opening Times: Mount Stewart House open 3 April – 1 November, 11am – 5pm, 7 November – 19 December, 12pm – 3pm. Formal and lakeside gardens, restaurant and shop, open all year, 10am – 4pm except 25 & 26 December.
Jack the Giant Killer (2013)
Cheddar Gorge, Somerset
At almost 400ft deep and three miles long, Cheddar Gorge is spectacular natural sight. In Jack and the Giant Killer, which stared Nicolas Hoult as Jack, the gorge appeared as the giant's lair. With some computer trickery the gorge was given a mystical make-over complete with swirling mists and stone gargoyles spouting waterfalls.  
Opening Times: Information Centre and shop open 14 March – 19 July & 7 Sep – 1 Nov on, Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun, 11am – 5pm. 20 July – 6 September, open every day 11am – 5pm.
The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Osterley, London
Chosen for its large rooms and grand interiors, the production crew working on The Dark Knight Rises spent two months ‘dressing' Osterley as Wayne Manor, before the cast, including Christian Bale, Michael Caine and the rest of the crew, arrived for a week of filming. Wayne manor was burnt down in an earlier film so director Christopher Nolan was looking for a stunning period setting to act as the new Wayne Manor. Like many visitors, he fell for Osterley's spectacular interiors, including the 130 foot Long Gallery, the entrance hall, the grand staircase and the breakfast room. But perhaps the most exciting location he picked was the library where, hidden behind a door in a bookcase, lies Osterley's real secret passage, which became the entrance to Batman's infamous bat cave. A much used filming location, other examples include the Burke & Hare, Gulliver's Travels, The Young Victoria, Edge of Love and Miss Potter.
Opening Times: House ad Shop open 28 February – 1 November, 11am – 5pm, 5 December - 13 December, weekends, 12pm – 4pm. Garden and Café open all year, 10am – 5pm. Closed 25 & 26 December.
Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)
Frensham Ponds, Surrey
Frensham Ponds in Surrey took centre stage in the film Snow White and the Huntsman, a Gothic re-imagining of the classic Brother's Grimm fairytale, Snow White. One of the most dramatic battle scenes took place at a quaint fishing village on the shores of a lake. This village was in fact built on the shores of Frensham Ponds, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), Special Site of Scientific Interest (SSSI), a Special Protection Area (SPA) and a Special Area of Conservation (SAC), no less.
Opening Times: open all year, dawn to dusk.
Anna Karenina (2012)
Ham House, Surrey
In Anna Karenina, Joe Wright's adaptation of the classic tale of love and adultery, Ham House, in Richmond-upon-Thames was transformed into grand Russian apartments. The Long Gallery on the first floor of the house with its opulent Baroque decor, fine oil paintings and parquet floor meant it was picture-perfect to play the role of Vronsky's grand but empty apartments in nineteenth century St Petersburg. Situated within the M25, Ham is regarded as one of the best-kept secrets in the British film industry with location managers appreciating its versatility and directors seduced by its good looks. Recent shoots include Disney's John CarterNever Let Me Go and The Young Victoria.
Opening Times: House open 13 March – 1 November, 12pm - 4pm. Garden, below the stairs, shop and café open all year, 10am – 5pm. Property closed on 25 & 26 December.
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)
Knole, Kent
The cast and crew from Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows came to Knole, transforming the stone court into the courtyard of a Swiss castle for the arrival of Professor Moriarty, arch-enemy of Conan Doyle's famous detective. Geoffrey Rush came to film crucial scenes for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. While in 2008, it took centre stage for the adaptation of Philippa Gregory's bestselling novel, The Other Boleyn Girl, the story of the Boleyn sisters, Anne and Mary, as they competed for love of King Henry VIII. In reality, Knole has a link to King Henry himself. He was so impressed by the beauty of Knole that in 1538 he asked Thomas Cranmer, his Archbishop of Canterbury, to hand the property over to him.
Opening Times: Outdoor Café open daily (except 24 and 25 December). Show rooms, visitor centre, Bookshop Café and courtyards open 7 March 2015
Gardens open 7 April – 29 Sep 2015
Please note: some of the exact locations of filming are not open to the public.
Jane Eyre (2011)
White Edge Lodge, Derbyshire
This holiday cottage made its way to the silver screen in Cary Fukunaga's adaptation of Jane Eyre. Surrounded by wide expanses of open heather moorland, this cottage has breathtaking views in all directions. The lodge sleeps five and has many interesting and original interior features including a kitchen in the former game cellar and a beautifully designed bathroom with a fine moorland view from the bathtub.
Robin Hood (2010)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (2010)
Freshwater West, Pembrokeshire
Since the dawn of cinema, filmmakers have long been dragging their cameras, cast and crew across Wales hoping to wow their audiences with the country's stunning landscape. This beach is renowned as one of the finest surf beaches in Wales, made famous as the location for both Robin Hood and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The beach, six miles west of Stackpole was the filming location for the beach scenes with Dobby and home to Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour‘s Shell Cottage. Freshwater West in Pembrokeshire is no stranger to film crews and has also served in Ridley Scott's Robin Hood as the backdrop to the climactic battle with the French. The vast battle scene was choreographed and shot over many days on this spectacular beach and the cliffs were added later using computer magic.
Opening Times: open all year
Alice in Wonderland (2010)
Antony House, Cornwall
This classically beautiful house is a beguiling mix of the formal and informal, and was famously thrown into the spotlight by the adaptation of Alice in Wonderland, directed by Tim Burton. Filming took place over nine days back in September 2008, transforming the grounds and creating a ‘mini village' of catering trucks and hair and make-up tents.  
Opening Times: Garden, shop and tea-room, 1 April – 28 May, Tue, Wed, Thur, 12pm – 5pm, 2 June – 30 August, Tue, wed, Thur, Sat, 12pm – 5pm, 1 September – 29 October, Tue, wed, Thur, 12pm – 5pm
The Duchess (2008)
Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire
Designed to impress and amaze, Kedleston is a stunning example of eighteenth century architecture and it comes as no surprise that it was chosen as one of the major locations for the period blockbuster, The Duchess. Starring Keira Knightley, the film delves into the life of Georgiana, the Duchess of Devonshire, who lived a life of political and romantic intrigue in the eighteenth-century. Filming at Kedleston spanned four weeks and at least six different rooms in the property were used.
Opening Times: Hall open 7 March – 1 November, Mon, Tue, wed, Thur, Sat, Sun, 12pm – 5pm. Park and pleasure grounds open every day 1 Jan – 6 March, 10am – 4pm, 7 March – 1 November, 10am – 6pm, 2 November – 31 December, 10am – 4pm
The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (2009), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone (2001)
Lacock Abbey, Wiltshire
The Abbey at the heart of Lacock Village has experienced its fair share of the limelight. Founded in 1232 and converted into a country house in the 1540s, the atmospheric monastic rooms include medieval cloisters, a sacristy and chapter house. The Abbey's cloisters and side rooms were transformed into the magical classrooms of the famous ‘Hogwarts', while the village was a backdrop for outdoor scenes with Harry and Dumbledore. The Abbey was also immortalised as the beautiful chambers of Catherine of Aragon for filming of The Other Boleyn Girl.
Opening Times: Abbey cloisters and grounds, museum, tea-room and shops open 2 January – 13 February, 11am – 4pm, 14 February – 1 November, 10.30am – 5.30pm, 2 November – 31 December, 11am – 4pm


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