England Film & Photography Production Services & Camera Crews
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Filming in England
For an introduction to shooting in England see below notes on film locations, permits, when to shoot, unique local stories, costs, tax incentives, crews, talent, fringes, premiums, equipment, communications, art department, studios, post facilities, visas and work permits for filming, transport, film-friendly accommodation, and safety advice.
England Film Locations
England is known for its vibrant cities, picturesque hamlets, green rolling fields, landscaped gardens, country lanes with stone fences, canals, forests, old pubs, palaces, castles and manors.
Agricultural locations looks include wheat and barley fields, dairy farms, and green hills dotted with wandering sheep.
England’s film locations can be divided into the following regions:
Greater London is made up of the following boroughs: City of London, Barking and Dagenham, Barnet, Bexley, Brent, Bromley, Camden, Croydon, Ealing, Enfield, Greenwich, Hackney, Hammersmith and Fulham, Haringey, Harrow, Havering, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Kingston upon Thames, Lambeth, Lewisham, Merton, Newham, Redbridge, Richmond upon Thames, Southwark, Sutton, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest, Wandsworth, and Westminster.
London is a global capital of finance, fashion, and culture. It is also a major global film production centre and a regular host of major international shoots ranging from Hollywood blockbusters to period dramas.
Famous London locations include the Houses of Parliament, London Eye, St Paul’s Cathedral, Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Piccadilly Circus, Covent Garden, River Thames, Tower Bridge, modern towers (The Shard, Gherkin, Cheese Grater), Shakespeare Globe Theatre, Royal Albert Hall, Alexandra Palace, National Portrait Gallery, Belgravia’s expensive Georgian homes, Harrods and Selfridges, Battersea Power Station, Heathrow Airport, Old Spitalfields Market, Leadenhall Market, Coal Drops Yard, and the London Underground. Infinity London is a 360-degree rooftop infinity pool. Canary Wharf Tube Station is an impressive modern structure.
London has many unique neighbourhoods including affluent Kensington, trendy East London, touristy Westminster, historic Tower Hamlets, alternative Camden, City of London financial district, Islington boutiques, busy King’s Cross, Soho fashion, Chinatown, West End theatre, the shops and cafes of Notting Hill, and the council estates of Wandsworth, to name a few.
Known for its manicured English gardens, parks of note include Regents Park, Hyde Park, Kew Gardens, and Hampstead Heath.
London has a great many museums and galleries including Tate Modern, British Museum, Saatchi Gallery, Imperial War Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, and Natural History Museum, to name a few.
Sporting locations of note include London 2012 Olympic Venues, several major football and rugby stadiums (Wembley, Twickenham), and Lord’s Cricket Ground which is the home of English cricket.
On the outskirts of London you can find Hampton Court Palace, Strawberry Hill, Danson House, and The Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich which featured in films such as Les Misérables (2019) and Cinderella (2015).
The South East England region includes the counties of Buckinghamshire, East Sussex, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Kent, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Surrey and West Sussex.
Buckinghamshire. The county is home to many beautiful manor homes. Waddesdon Manor exteriors feature in Downton Abbey (2010–2015) and The Crown (2016-). Cliveden House featured in Cinderella (2015) and Sherlock Holmes (2009). Stowe House featured in Tomorrow Never Dies (1997). Hedsor House hosted The Crown (2016-). Other stately homes of note include Hughenden Manor, Dorney Court, Stoke Park, Mentmore Towers, and Chequers. Milton Keynes is a centrally planned town.
East Sussex. Bodiam Castle is a moated castle. Herstmonceux Castle is another castle film location in East Sussex. Sea piers of note include Eastbourne Pier and Hastings Pier. The resort city of Brighton is known for Royal Pavilion, Brighton Palace Pier, The Lanes, and Brighton Beach. The town of Rye is known for the fairytale Mermaid Street. Other pretty towns include Amberley, East Dean, and Mayfield.
Hampshire. Stately houses of note include Highclere Castle, Beaulieu Palace House, Titchfield Abbey, Breamore House, and Somerley House which featured in The Crown (2016-). Portchester Castle is a fortress ruins location. The National Motor Museum is located in Beaulieu. The Royal Navy Submarine Museum is located in Gosport.
Isle of Wight is known for its beaches and seafront promenades. The Needles are a white chalk rock outcrop with an impressive lighthouse. No Man’s Land Fort is a sea fort located just off the Isle of Wight.
Kent. Kent many film-friendly towns and villages. Of note are the quintessentially British coastal towns of Whitstable and Broadstairs. Castles of interest include Leeds Castle, Dover Castle, Scotney Castle, Hever Castle, Deal Castle, Penshurst Place and Gardens, Sissinghurst Castle and Gardens, Godinton House and Gardens, and Walmer Castle and Gardens. Other film locations of note in Kent include the White Cliffs of Dover, Canterbury Cathedral, English Channel, and the Channel Tunnel.
Oxfordshire. Oxford is home to film locations such as Christ Church College, Divinity School, Bodleian Library, Radcliffe Camera, Codrington Library, Sheldonian Theatre, Tom Tower, Oxford University Museum, and University Church of St Mary the Virgin. Just outside of Oxford, the riverside Trout Inn is a scenic location. Blenheim Palace hosted Spectre (2015). Other manor houses of note include Chastleton House, Ashdown House, Broughton Castle, Greys Court, and Mapledurham House.
Berkshire. Windsor Castle is a residence of British royal family. Royal Windsor Racecourse and Ascot Racecourse are located in Berkshire. Manor houses of note include Basildon Park and Stratfield Saye House.
Surrey. Manor houses of note include Runnymede, Clandon Park House, Polesden Lacey, and Loseley Park. McLaren Technology Centre is an impressive contemporary structure.
West Sussex. Arundel Castle is an impressive location. Manor houses of note include Wakehurst, Uppark House, and Parham House. Ouse Valley Viaduct is an impressive location. Clayton Tunnel North Portal is an ornate train tunnel with turrets.
The South West England region includes the counties of Bristol, Cornwall (including the Isles of Scilly), Dorset, Devon, Gloucestershire, Somerset, and Wiltshire.
Bristol. Film locations include Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, M Shed, Royal West of England Academy, and Clifton Suspension Bridge. Ashton Court is a beautiful country estate. The Wave is an artificial wave pool for surfing.
Cornwall. Saint Michael’s Mount is a tidal island with a castle. Other film locations of note include the Eden Project, Land’s End, Tintagel Castle ruins, Pendennis Castle, Truro Cathedral, and Minack Theatre. Manor houses of note include Lanhydrock, Prideaux Place, Cotehele, Trerice, and Mount Edgcumbe House. Goonhilly Earth Station is a large radiocommunication site. Cornwall has beautiful beaches with surf, white sands, and turquoise waters. Beaches of note include Porthcurno Beach, Fistral Beach, Kynance Cove, and Crantock Beach, Nanjizal Beach, and Porthmeor Beach, to name a few. Cornwall is home to some of England’s most picturesque fishing villages including Clovelly, Mousehole, Hope Cove, Polperro, Newlyn, Porthleven, and Portloe. The seaside town of St Ives has inspired artists for many years. The Isles of Scilly are located west of Cornwall.
Dorset. The Jurassic Coast has many fossils and rock formations including the Durdle Door which is a natural rock arch. Beaches of note in Dorset include Lulworth Cove, Hengistbury Head Beach, and Man O’War Beach. Portland Bill Lighthouse is a beautiful film locations. Manor houses of note include Highcliffe Castle, Lulworth Castle, Kingston Lacy, Forde Abbey House, Mapperton House, and Athelhampton House. Brownsea Castle is located on Brownsea Island in Poole Harbour. Corfe Castle ruins are also located in Dorset. Gold Hill, in the town of Shaftesbury has a picturesque steep cobblestone street. Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre is home to a range of chimpanzees, orangutans, gibbons, and monkeys.
Devon is known for its sandy beaches, fossil cliffs, medieval towns and moorland national parks. Dartmoor National Park is where War Horse (2011) was filmed. West Bay hosted Broadchurch (2013-2017). Dittisham and Lustleigh are picturesque villages.
Gloucestershire. The Cotswolds are known for their picturesque villages of thatched-roof cottages and green rolling hills.
Puzzlewood’s forests and ancient ruins hosted productions such as Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015), and The Adventures of Merlin (2008-2012).
Sezincote House is a majestic mansion designed in Mughalai style.
Chavenage House featured in Emma (2020).
Somerset. Bath is known for its Roman baths, Bath Abbey, Pulteney Bridge and Weir. Tyntesfield House.
Wiltshire. Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument.
Lacock is known for its abbeys, museums, and country houses which have featured in productions including The King (2019), Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009), Wolf Hall (2015), and Downton Abbey (2010–2015).
Great Chalfield Manor as seen in Wolf Hall (2015).
Wilton House featured in Emma (2020).
Longleat Hedge Maze is the longest hedge maze in the world.
East of England
The East of England region includes the counties of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, and Suffolk.
Anglesey Abbey. Wimpole Estate.
Ely Cathedral doubles well for Westminster Abbey.
Essex. Blue Abyss in Colchester is a 50metre deep diving pool. Audley End House
Hertfordshire has many beautiful mansions and country estates. Knebworth House featured in The Crown (2016-), Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020), The King’s Speech (2010), Batman Begins (2005), and Batman (1989). Hatfield House featured in The Favourite (2018), The Crown (2016-), and Batman Begins (2005). Ashridge House featured in Dolittle (2020) and Beauty and the Beast (2017).
Norfolk. Blickling Estate, Holkham Hall, Houghton Hall, Oxburgh Hall, Sandringham House.
North Norfolk Railway.
Great Yarmouth is a resort town.
Villages of note include Dersingham.
SS Vina Shipwreck is located in this part of England.
Suffolk. Maunsell Army Forts are located just off the coast of Suffolk.
Ickworth House, Kentwell Hall, Somerleyton Hall
The Broads are known for their waterways, pretty villages, and windmills.
Villages of note include Lavenham.
The West Midlands region includes the counties of Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands, and Worcestershire.
Shropshire. Attingham Hall is located in Shropshire.
Staffordshire. Biddulph Grange.
Warwickshire. Ragley Hall. Walton Hall. Stoneleigh Abbey.
West Midlands. Birmingham is a city known for its canals, museums, trendy cafes, and industrial past. City locations of note include Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Library of Birmingham, Thinktank, and the Town Hall. Aston Hall and Castle Bromwich Hall are manor houses near Birmingham.
The West Midlands region includes the counties of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, and Rutland.
Derbyshire. Chatsworth House featured in Pride and Prejudice (2005). Other lavish manors of note include Calke Abbey, Sudbury Hall, Kedleston Hall, and Hardwick Hall.
Leicestershire. Belvoir Castle. Leicester. Hallaton is a quaint village.
Lincolnshire. Burghley House featured in Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007), and Pride and Prejudice (2005). Belton House featured in Jane Eyre (2006) and Pride and Prejudice (2005).
Northamptonshire. Castle Ashby House.
Silverstone Circuit is the home of the British F1 Grand Prix.
Nottinghamshire. Nottingham. Wollaton Hall. Major Oak is a large English oak tree located in Sherwood Forest. According to folklore, it was Robin Hood’s shelter.
Yorkshire & the Humber
The Yorkshire and Humber region includes the counties of Yorkshire, North Lincolnshire, and North East Lincolnshire.
Yorkshire. Nature locations include the Yorkshire Dales National Park and the North York Moors. The city of Leeds is known for the ruins of Kirkstall Abbey, Royal Armouries Museum, Hepworth Wakefield, and Leeds Town Hall. The city of York is known for The Shambles, and York Minster. Stately manor houses include Castle Howard, Harewood House, Ripley Castle, Cartwright Hall, Nostell Priory, Brodsworth Hall, and East Riddlesden Hall which featured in Gunpowder (2017). Odsal Stadium in Bradford featured in The King’s Speech (2010). Goathland Station is a picturesque period train stations which featured in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001). The ruins of Fountains Abbey are located in North Yorkshire. Saltburn Cliff Lift is a Victorian era funicular. Beverley Minster is also located in Yorkshire.
North Lincolnshire & North East Lincolnshire. Lincoln Cathedral, Normanby Hall, and Waltham Windmill are located in these counties.
The North West England region includes the counties of Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, and Merseyside.
Home to the industrial cities of Manchester, Liverpool, and Blackpool.
Manchester locations of interest include John Rylands Library, Manchester Town Hall, Albert Square, Manchester Art Gallery, Imperial War Museum North, and Old Trafford stadium.
Liverpool locations of interest include Albert Dock, World Museum, Walker Art Gallery, Merseyside Maritime Museum, Museum of Liverpool, Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, St George’s Hall, Royal Liver Building, International Slavery Museum, and Anfield stadium.
Blackpool locations of note include Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Blackpool Tower, North Pier, the Big One roller coaster, Coral Island, and Lytham Hall.
Other locations of note include the Rows in Chester, and the Singing Ringing Tree. Walney Wind Farms are a group of offshore wind farms. The northwest also has beautiful national parks including the Lake District and Peak District. The lavish Lyme Park estate featured in Pride and Prejudice.
The North East England region includes the counties of Tyne and Wear, County Durham, and Northumberland.
Tyne and Wear.
Mostly rural region with beautiful countryside and coastline. Locations of note include Alnwick Castle, Bamburgh Castle, Raby Castle, Dunstanburgh Castle ruins, Bowes Museum, Durham Cathedral (Avengers: Endgame), Cragside manor, The Holy Island of Lindisfarne, Tees Transporter Bridge, and Hadrian’s Wall. Craster is a picturesque fishing village in Northumberland.
England Film Location Permits
London is one of the world’s most filmed in cities. As such, there is a very well established permitting process. Our producer / fixer arranges location permits for each Borough to be filmed in. There are no city-wide permits. B-roll shoots generally take about 1-2 weeks to permit depending on the locations. Permits are technically still required even if you’re just filming handheld with a small crew although in some cases you can get away with it. Insurance is an absolute must. Shoots requiring exclusive use of property involving laying track, larger lights, etc require about 2-3 weeks to permit. Larger, more complicated shoots involving traffic control, road closures, etc can take around 4 weeks to permit. Consultation with local authorities may also be required. If traffic control is required the best times to film are generally early summer mornings on the weekend. Location fees vary greatly depending if the location is publicly or privately owned. Some river views of the Houses of Parliament are free whereas a football stadium can cost £25,000. London landmarks are not subject to the same copyright issues as some other parts of Europe. Statues and paintings are copyrighted and may require permission from owners. England has an extensive network of locations agencies representing a large cross section of film locations. Please contact us for location specific information.
When To Shoot?
England’s summer months from June to September are usually sunny and mild. Rainfall occurs all year round and is heaviest in the winter months from November to January. Snowfall is rare. For monthly weather statistics please see here.
England is home to hundreds of events that welcome visitors from all over the world. Summertime music festivals are a major draw with new ones popping up each year. The Glastonbury Music Festival is held in June. London Marathon in April. Royal Ascot horse racing is in June. The Wimbledon grand slam tennis tournament takes place in June / July. The Notting Hill Carnival takes place in August.
Public holidays may affect timing, availability and costs. See here for public holiday dates in England.
Unique Local Stories
Brands are looking for local stories that match their brand narrative. Our local teams are a great lead for sourcing those unique stories and characters.
If you are looking for stories for your next shoot, send us your brief and we will pitch you ideas.
If you have a unique story you would like to pitch to a brand anywhere in the world, pitch us your idea. We have well-established processes to ensure that your ideas are properly seen and protected.
Costs & Tax Incentives
Costs. England is a relatively expensive place to shoot due to the high cost of locations, talent and crews. Much of this is due to the strong Great Britain Pound, although devaluations in the currency have made England a more attractive place to film.
London and Manchester are the major production hubs so any locations requiring travel outside of these areas are an additional cost to filming. That said, our locally based fixers and service producers will negotiate deals and provide the appropriate level of production support to match every budget. Given the vast number of film professionals available, deals can always be made.
VAT applies in the UK. See here for the current VAT rate.
Tax Incentives. Films that pass the cultural test or qualify as a co-production are eligible for 25% UK Film Tax Relief of the qualifying UK production spend. See here for more information.
Film Crew & Talent
Crews. England has a very good pool of local directors, directors of photography and stills photographers. English crews are of the highest international standard. England offers a great depth of world-renowned, experienced, professional technical crews. Manchester is a TV show city so if you are shooting a commercial or film, some crew may need to be brought in from London.
Contact us if you are looking for a London or Manchester based director, DP, photographer, videographer (cameraman / camera operator), camera assistant (focus puller), sound operator, grip, gaffer, stylist, hair and makeup, PA / runner, production driver, or any other film crew in England. England is home to a diversity of film industry specialists that lead film and photography expeditions to the most remote regions on earth.
Talent. England has a very deep, multicultural and multilingual pool of talent. Specialist agencies exist to supply every kind of possible talent ranging from high-end models to character actors. Many of the world’s celebrities also live in England.
All levels of main, featured and extra roles are available. Fees are usually worked out using the UseFee website. Actors union is Equity. That said, talent costs are ultimately negotiable. It all depends on the specifics of your project (exactly what you need and the budget you’re working with). Our local team is able to negotiate best rates and buyouts for media, territory, and time length. Contact us for a quote.
Fringes and Premiums. No hidden extras. Our English fixer / producer packages deals for local crew and talent.
England Film Equipment
Equipment. England offers both Panavision and Arri camera, grip and lighting equipment as well as many boutique equipment companies. All specialized equipment is available in England. For productions looking to bring in their own gear England is an ATA carnet country.
Communications. Communication is key. Our agility and global experience allows us to customise the right communications systems for every shoot.
Web posted casting, scouting, and videoconferencing.
For clients that are unable to attend set we offer a virtual video village solution. This dedicated and secure high-resolution video streaming platform allows clients from one or multiple timezones to view setups without compromise and to participate in real-time with the team on set. Separate systems can be set up for the discrete conversations that are required to make a job run right. Working remotely with our local teams reduces your content production costs, turnaround times, carbon footprint, and risks associated with unpredictable global events.
Art Department, Studios, Backlots, & Post Production
Art department and set construction is of the highest standard.
Studios and backlots. Many world-class options exist. English studios have hosted many iconic films. A few examples include Star Wars, Return of the Jedi, Gladiator, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Batman Begins, and Interview with the Vampire. Studios of note include Pinewood Studios, Shepperton Studios, Dagenham film and TV studios, Ealing Studios, Elstree Studios, Three Mills Studios, Fountain Studios and The London Studios.
Post Production. England offers the highest standard of post production facilities with companies such as The Mill, Smoke and Mirrors, and Framestore present. Processing facilities only exist in London.
Visas & Work Permits
England is not a Schengen Area member state. Entry is subject to regulations from country of origin. US crews can enter visa-free for stays of up to 6 months. Contact your local British embassy or representative for more information.
Transport & Accommodation
Transportation Infrastructure. Highly developed transportation infrastructure. Many international and low cost airlines service flights to and from English cities. The train system is extensive and often a faster alternative to flying.
Accommodation. Contact us for recommended film friendly hotels in London, Manchester and other parts of England. For longer stays we can also organize serviced apartments.
Safety. England is a very safe place for foreign productions to visit. See here for up to date travel advice.
Down Time. London has a vibrant nightlife and food scene. Outside of the city you can find places to relax in the quaint Cotswolds, rugged Peak District, or quintessentially British coastal towns of Whitstable and Broadstairs.
Projects. For an example of TV commercials, stills campaigns, online content, corporate videos, virtual reality 360 content, feature films, TV series and documentaries shot in England, please see below:
Hire England Production Support & Shooting Crew
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