Beautiful Film Locations in the UK for Perfect Wedding Photos

February 25, 2021


If you’re a pop culture buff, we’re sure you wouldn’t turn down the chance to have your wedding photos taken at a famous filming location. After all, you’ve seen these locations in films and TV shows for as long as you can remember! That’s why we’ve collected our favourite film locations across the United Kingdom for your wedding photos.

Many of these film locations are available for venue hire in addition to your wedding photos. However, some of them are exclusively available for wedding photos at this time. We’ll note whether each location is available for venue hire, so don’t worry about that!

You’ll need a professional photographer to capture your wedding bliss at any of these film locations in beautiful photos, and you can find one on Bidvine! All you need to do is answer a few questions about your wedding and your preferred style of photography and you’ll be on your way to custom, detailed bids from photographers. Click the button below to submit a free request for wedding photography on Bidvine.

Without further ado, let’s get into our favourite film locations across the UK for beautiful wedding photos!


7 Film Locations in the UK for Your Wedding Photos


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1. Alnwick Castle

Featured in: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (pictured), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Robin Hood

Alnwick Castle appeared as parts of Hogwarts during the first two Harry Potter films. So if you’d like to have your wedding photos taken in the same spot that Harry, Ron, and Hermione took flying lessons, Alnwick Castle is the spot for you.

This beautiful venue is the seat of the Duke of Northumberland and is a Grade I listed building. It was built in the 11th century and is open to the public during the summer. Alnwick Castle has also appeared in Downton Abbey, making it a quintessentially British wedding venue.

Location: Alnwick

Capacity: up to 180 guests


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2. Blenheim Palace

Featured in: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Spectre, Cinderella (pictured)

We know what you’re thinking. These two castles look nothing alike! That’s because Blenheim Palace served as the inspiration for the royal palace in Kenneth Branagh’s remake of Cinderella. The castle was actually created with CGI, making it look unlike anything in the United Kingdom or abroad.

Blenheim Palace is quite a popular filming location and has appeared in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Spectre, and many more films. It’s also a beautiful wedding venue that can accommodate grand or intimate weddings depending on your room selection.

Location: Woodstock, Oxfordshire

Capacity: enquire for details, depends on room selection


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3. Chatsworth House

Featured in: Pride and Prejudice, The Duchess (pictured)

How beautiful is Chatsworth House? We’re sure your wedding photos will look perfect at this idyllic venue. Chatsworth House can accommodate 80 guests, ensuring that each of your loved ones will feel special and important.

Chatsworth House has appeared in Pride and Prejudice and The Duchess, so why not have a wedding picnic on the grounds (like Keira Knightley in the photos above) before your wedding? Your guests will love the charming grounds of this beautiful venue, and you will too!

Location: Bakewell, Derbyshire

Capacity: up to 80 guests


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4. Cornwell Manor

Featured in: The Holiday (pictured)

If you’ve always dreamt of recreating The Holiday on your wedding day, here’s your chance! Cornwell Manor starred in the 2006 film as the location of Iris and Graham’s picturesque English lunch date.

Whether you’d like to host a large outdoor wedding under a marquee or an intimate wedding inside the beautiful estate, your choices are endless. You can also say your vows at Cornwell Manor as there is a church nearby the Manor and Cornwell Manor is licensed for civil ceremonies.

Location: Cornwell, Chipping Norton

Capacity: up to 100 guests for an indoor wedding, up to 300 guests for a marquee wedding


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5. Old Royal Naval College

Featured in: Skyfall, Les Misérables (pictured), Cinderella, Pirates of the Caribbean

You might think that a film based in France would be filmed in France. But in the case of 2012’s Les Misérables, you’d be wrong. The film was actually shot in England, with many pivotal scenes taking place at London’s Old Royal Naval College.

The ORNC has also appeared in Skyfall, the 2015 remake of Cinderella, and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. If you’re looking for an extravagant and beautiful wedding venue, the ORNC is perfect for you. Located in Greenwich, it is quite close to central London and is licensed for civil ceremonies.

Location: London

Capacity: enquire for details


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6. University of Oxford Divinity School

Featured in: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (pictured)

Would you like to hold your wedding in the same room that Harry and Ron learned how to dance in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire? We bet you would! The beautiful Divinity School at the University of Oxford played many parts in the Harry Potter series, including a dance studio.

If you choose to get married at the University of Oxford, there are many chapels on the campus that can perform your wedding ceremony. While you’re in Oxford, be sure to check out some of the other filming locations from the Harry Potter series, including a courtyard of the University of Oxford’s New College!

Location: Oxford

Capacity: up to 200 guests


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7. Searcys St Pancras Grand

Featured in: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

While you can’t exactly say “I do” on Platform 9 3/4, hosting your wedding reception at Searcys St Pancras Grand is pretty close. The beautiful restaurant and champagne bar overlooks London’s St. Pancras Kings Cross station, allowing your guests panoramic views of the beautiful station.You can even see the trolley heading to Platform 9 3/4 if you look for it!

You can even see the trolley heading to Platform 9 3/4 if you look for it. Your guests will love taking photos with the trolley, talk about a great memory!

Looking for more great London wedding photography venues? Check out this article.

Location: London

Capacity: up to 250 guests


11 TV Filming Locations in the UK for Your Wedding Photos


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1. Belfast Botanic Gardens

Featured in: The Fall

Now, BBC’s The Fall is not the most romantic series on television. In fact, it’s probably one of the least romantic or cheery. But, the show is set in Belfast and features many beautiful locations. The first location we’ve chosen to feature is the Belfast Botanic Gardens, where Paul took his daughter during the first series of the show.

The Gardens themselves are not a wedding venue, but you can host your wedding at the Ulster Museum, which is on the grounds of the Gardens. We’ve featured Ulster Museum in our collection of unique wedding venues in the UK, so head over to that post and have a look!

Location: Belfast, Northern Ireland

Capacity: wedding photo location only, see the Ulster Museum for a wedding venue


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2. Bluebird Restaurant

Featured in: Made in Chelsea

How could we have a list of TV and film locations that are also wedding venues and not include anything from Made in Chelsea? We couldn’t, that’s how!

The Bluebird Restaurant in Chelsea is one of the Made in Chelsea crew’s main haunts, and we can understand why. It’s a beautiful restaurant that can host up to 230 of your closest friends and family members for your big day. You can host both your reception and ceremony at the Bluebird, too, as they can accommodate civil ceremonies.

Considering hosting your wedding at a celebrity venue? Read this article for a list of wedding venues that are celebrity favourites.

Location: London, England

Capacity: up to 230 guests


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3. Castle Ward

Featured in: Game of Thrones

If you’d like to get married on the grounds of Winterfell from Game of Thrones, Castle Ward is the wedding venue for you. The grounds of Castle Ward appeared as Winterfell’s castle yard and gates, with other parts of Winterfell being filmed in a studio near Belfast.

Castle Ward is perfect for large weddings, as the venue can accommodate up to 170 of your closest friends and family. The venue is maintained by the National Trust and was built in the 18th century as the home of Bernard Ward, 1st Viscount Bangor. The castle itself features two different styles of architecture (one on each side) that meet in the middle of the home.

Location: Strangford, Northern Ireland

Capacity: up to 170 guests

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4. The Dark Hedges

Featured in: Game of Thrones

Imagine these intertwining trees adorned with whatever you need to make the perfect wedding photo. Then imagine your wedding photos in this location. Doesn’t that sound perfect?

If the Dark Hedges look familiar to Game of Thrones viewers, they should! Most of the Game of Thrones filming takes place in a studio near Belfast, so it makes sense that they would want to utilise the rest of Northern Ireland, as well. The Dark Hedges appeared in the first episode of the second series of HBO’s Game of Thrones, as Arya, along with others, journeyed along the road to escape to the Night’s Watch.

Location: Ballymoney, Northern Ireland

Capacity: wedding photo location only, please see The Hedges Hotel for a nearby wedding venue


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5. Doctor Who Experience

Featured in: Doctor Who

This is the first of two Doctor Who-related venues or wedding photo locations on our list. The Doctor Who Experience is a perfect wedding venue for the couple who can’t get enough of the show. We’ve previously featured the Doctor Who Experience in our post on wedding venues in Wales, so have a look at that!

Location: Cardiff, Wales

Capacity: enquire for details


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6. Goldney Hall Orangery

Featured in: Sherlock

Would you like to get married at the same venue as Dr John Watson from Sherlock? Of course, you would! That’s why we’re including the Orangery at Goldney Hall on our list of film locations that double as wedding venues. You can recreate the Sherlock wedding with your own loved ones at this beautiful venue!

Located on the campus of the University of Bristol, the Orangery at Goldney Hall feels secluded and private. While your wedding photos are being taken, you can even treat your wedding guests to a tour of the grotto led by a member of the Orangery’s knowledgeable staff.

Location: Bristol, England

Capacity: up to 150 guests


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7. Highclere Castle

Featured in: Downton Abbey (pictured), Jeeves and Wooster

Highclere Castle has quickly become one of the most iconic castles in all of the United Kingdom. It served as the home to the fictional Crawley family from Downton Abbey for six series. It also appeared in Jeeves and Wooster, starring Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry.

This beautiful venue is a Grade I listed building and is the country seat of the Earl of Carnarvon. Your wedding at Highclere Castle can be intimate or large and fabulous, and the venue can accommodate up to 140 guests. Even if you’re not getting married, you can visit Highclere Castle during the summer months.

Location: Highclere, Newbury

Capacity: up to 140 guests


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8. Holdsworth House

Featured in: Last Tango in Halifax

If you’d like to get married at the same venue as Alan and Celia from Last Tango in Halifax, you’ll need to say “I do” at Holdsworth House! This beautiful venue in West Yorkshire was home to many scenes in the second series of Last Tango in Halifax, most notably Alan and Celia’s wedding.

Holdsworth House is a beautiful hotel and wedding venues that would be perfect for your wedding. The venue can accommodate up to 120 of your guests and has 38 guest rooms for your overnight guests. If you or your guests would like to extend your time in West Yorkshire, Holdsworth House is just a quick trip away from Brontë Country!

Location: Halifax, West Yorkshire

Capacity: up to 120 guests


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9. Merchant Hotel

Featured in: The Fall

Like the Belfast Botanic Gardens, the Merchant Hotel in Belfast played a minor role in BBC’s The Fall. For a show with less than beautiful subject matter, they sure do choose beautiful locations around Belfast to film at.

We’ve featured the Merchant Hotel in our post on unique wedding venues in Northern Ireland, so click here to read more about it.

Location: Belfast, Northern Ireland

Capacity: minimum 50 guests


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10. Roald Dahl Plass

Featured in: Doctor Who, Torchwood

If you’d like your wedding photos to feature an iconic location from the Doctor Who universe, Roald Dahl Plass is a great choice! Roald Dahl Plass is known around Cardiff as being the site of the entrance to Torchwood Three, a branch of the Torchwood Institute.

While you cannot get married at Roald Dahl Plass, it is a quick jaunt away from the Doctor Who Experience if you want to take your wedding to the next level.

Location: Cardiff, Wales

Capacity: wedding photo location only


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11. Valentines Mansion

Featured in: Great British Bake Off

Would you like to host your wedding in a beautiful marquee on the grounds of a stately mansion? If you would, then Valentines Mansion is the perfect venue for you. You can install a grand marquee and essentially recreate the set of the Great British Bake Off just for your wedding! A special charity edition of the Great British Bake Off was filmed at Valentines Mansion in 2013.

If you’d like to really emulate the Great British Bake Off at your wedding, you can hire a pastry chef on Bidvine! Just click the button below to get custom bids from pastry chefs in your area.

Location: Ilford, Essex

Capacity: up to 70 guests


We hope you enjoyed our collection of film locations that make great spots for your wedding photos! If you end up taking your wedding photos at any of these locations, feel free to share a photo with us on social media. 

Are you looking for some professional help with planning your dream wedding? If you are, you can find a local wedding planner on Bidvine. Just click to submit a free request for bids.

Then if you're looking for even more unique or unusual wedding venues in the United Kingdom, read this article for 23 inspiring ideas!


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