6 famous filming locations in Yorkshire

PUBLISHED: 00:00 13 March 2015

Last of the Summer Wine, Emmerdale, Harry Potter, Heartbeat, Agatha, Brassed Off and Robin Hood Prince of Thieves

Last of the Summer Wine, Emmerdale, Harry Potter, Heartbeat, Agatha, Brassed Off and Robin Hood Prince of Thieves


How many of these places do you recognise from film and television?

Emmerdale - Harewood

When Edwin Lascelles commissioned Harewood House in the late 18th century amid the rolling countryside between Harrogate and Leeds he created not only one of England’s finest stately homes but also magnificent grounds and parkland.

The Harewood Estate in Eccup has been to the home of Emmerdale since 1998, an almost exact replica of the former filming location in Esholt, near Shipley while the fictional market town of Hotten is shot in Otley.

The first Woolpack In was the Falcon Inn in Arncliffe. When the outdoor scenes were moved to Esholt in 1976 the Commercial Inn was chosen as the new Woolpack.

Last of the Summer Wine - Holmfirth

The exploits of 3 Yorkshiremen became the longest running TV comedy in the world that spanned 295 episodes and 37 years.

There were many locations mooted to be the setting of the show but the creators were pointed towards Holmfirth by the comedian and writer Barry Took, who never forgot a miserable night performing as a stand-up at its working men’s club in the 1950’s.

Holmfirth is now one of Yorkshire’s top tourist destinations with landmarks such as an exhibition inside Compo’s house and Nora Batty’s house, which is actually a Summer Wine themed holiday cottage.

Aysgarth Falls – Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves

Wensleydale boasts a string of waterfalls from the 100ft high showstopper of Hardraw Force to the spectacular triple cataracts of Aysgarth it is at its most dramatic after heavy rain.

The 1991 film Robin Hood - Prince of Thieves starring Kevin Costner was filmed at various locations across the country but Yorkshire stole the show with two iconic scenes,

Aysgarth Falls was the backdrop for the fight scene between Robin and Little John, and Hardraw Force was the location where Marian sees Robin bathing.

Grimethorpe – Brassed Off

The fictional Yorkshire colliery town of Grimley was the setting for the 1996 film Brassed Off staring Ewan McGregor.

The story of a local brass band that defied a closure threat to the pit by marching to the finals of a music competition, loosely based on the story of the Grimethorpe Colliery Band, who also appear in the film and created the soundtrack.

Grimethorpe in South Yorkshire was the main filming location and Piece Hall in Halifax makes an appearance as the venue for the semi-finals.

The Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate - Agatha

The Old Swan Hotel in Harrogate is the place where legendary crime writer Agatha Christie took refuge in 1926 when she had a nervous breakdown after her marriage broke down. Fifty years later, it served as location for the film Agatha, starring Dustin Hoffman and Vanessa Redgrave.

Dating back to 1840, the Old Swan is the venue for the annual Harrogate History Festival every October andis licensed for weddings large and small with attractions including a glass-ceilinged restaurant and a Garden Room.

Goathland - Heartbeat/ Harry Potter

Goathland station on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway is famous all over the world, partly because it was used as a location for Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone with Goathland station standing in for Hogsmeade, where the young wizard arrives to start his unusual education. The railways shop on the platform was transformed into the Prefects Room and the ladies toilets became the Wizards Room.

Goathland is also the filming location for the fictional village of Aidensfield, the setting of the popular police drama series set in 1960s that ran for 18 years.

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