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Fantastic Northumberland Filming Locations

17th November 2021

With enchanting castles, deserted beaches, and dramatic landscapes, it's no wonder that Northumberland has graced the big screen in all manner of films and TV shows. Northumberland is one of the most stunning places in the whole of the UK (if not THE most), with locations across our picturesque county being used as a backdrop in all kinds of storylines.

Check out some of the most famous Northumberland cameos below...

Fantastic Filming Locations in Northumberland

Harry Potter & The Philosopher's Stone

Rewind to 2001, when Harry Potter and his friends joined Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Alnwick Castle was used as the backdrop for Harry and company's first flying lesson, when Neville Longbottom's broomstick has a mind of its own and Harry must fly through the castle grounds to catch Neville's 'Remembrall'. Daniel Radcliffe starred alongside Zoe Wanamaker and learned to fly his broomstick at the castle's Outer Bailey - which is where he also learned to play Quidditch in the next film.

Vera

Discover some of the county's most jaw-dropping landscapes in this British crime drama. Hailed as ITV's most-watched drama, the eponymous Vera is filmed in locations including the cobbled village of Blanchland, the fishing villages of Alnmouth, Amble and Craster, and the rocky terrain of the Farne Islands. Seahouses, Rumbling Kern, Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, Seaton Delaval, Blyth and Seaton Sluice have also all made appearances.

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

Sycamore Gap quickly became the most photographed tree in the whole of the UK after its cameo in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves in the early 1990s. Kevin Costner and Megan Freeman fought against enemy knights, situated at this lone tree that stands between two hills on the notorious Hadrian's Wall.

Transformers: The Last Knight

Alnwick Castle once again made an appearance in the fifth instalment of the movie series Transformers. Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Hopkins, and Laura Haddock filmed at the site, where hundreds upon hundreds of plastic daffodils were planted to mimic the grounds' spring daffodils. They also filmed scenes at Bamburgh Beach, where dramatic views of Bamburgh Castle can be seen.

Outlaw King

Several scenes from this Netflix film were shot in Berwick back in October 2017, which saw the Old Bridge transformed into a medieval London Bridge and the Quayside transformed into a medieval Glasgow market. Chris Pine stars as Robert the Bruce in this period film, with many locals also securing roles as extras.

Downton Abbey

Did you know that Northumberland had a part to play in this quintessential British series? Alnwick Castle doubled as the spectacular Brancaster Castle in the show's 2015 and 2016 Christmas specials; with the State Rooms inside the castle and the castle grounds being used as a backdrop for several scenes. Additional filming also took place in the nearby Hulne Priory, Bow Alley and St. Michael's Church.

The Railway Man

Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman ventured to Berwick in 2012 whilst filming The Railway Man: the real-life story of Eric Lomax, a prisoner of war, which explored the friendship between Eric and his captor. The actors were spotted filming around Berwick and on the nearby Holy Island of Lindisfarne.

Beowulf

This ITV drama was partly filmed in Bamburgh back in 2015. Millshield became Bregan; a fort and campsite, which was home to a group of brutal fishermen and warriors. Extras were also kept busy with roles as guards, workers, and villagers.

Blackadder

The first Blackadder film in 1982 was filmed in locations across Northumberland, most notably Alnwick Castle. Rowan Atkinson starred in this British comedy, which featured elaborate shots of the castle's exterior with horses and medieval costumes.

The Hairy Bikers

This dynamic duo recently shot an episode of The Hairy Bikers Go North in Northumberland, making stops in the seaside town of Amble, a farm at the foot of the Cheviot Hills and Lindisfarne Island. They even stayed at a flat inside Bamburgh Castle in their own private turret! The bikers were blown away by the county's culinary delights, naming a local Fish N' Chip shop as the 'best ever'.

Game of Thrones

George R. R. Martin's successful series wasn't actually filmed in Northumberland; however, Martin has confirmed that Hadrian's Wall was the inspiration behind the giant ice wall. Next time you watch the series, pay attention to the 73-mile wall, that dramatically rises and falls across the landscape.

Glorious Getaways in Rural Northumberland

Ideally situated within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on Northumberland's unspoilt coast, our luxury self-catering cottages provide the ideal base to explore the whole of the county. Alnmouth, Alnwick, Amble, Bamburgh, Berwick, Cragside, Craster, Dunstanburgh, Morpeth, Newcastle, Rothbury, Seahouses, Warkworth and Wooler are all within easy reach of our cottages.

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