With an abundance of stunning stately homes and breathtaking countryside, it's little wonder that Derbyshire and the Peak District is regularly used as a backdrop for blockbuster films and TV series. Here's a round-up of some of the most famous movies and programmes filmed in Derbyshire and the Peak District.

Chatsworth House

The magnificent home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, and often referred to as ‘the jewel in the Peak District’s crown’, Chatsworth was used as the location for films such as Pride and Prejudice (film 2005, BBC TV series 1995), The Duchess (2008) and The Wolfman (2009), plus TV dramas such as the BBC’s Death Comes to Pemberley (2013).

Golden hour in the park 🍂🌳✨

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Haddon Hall

One of the UK’s best-preserved medieval houses was the setting for several film and TV versions of Jane Eyre, including Cory Fukunagas’s acclaimed 2011 movie, cult film The Princess Bride (1987), Elizabeth (1998), Pride and Prejudice (2005) and The Other Boleyn Girl (2008). Home to the Manners family, Haddon is renowned for its romantic atmosphere and unspoilt rooms, including a medieval kitchen and Elizabethan long gallery (which regularly makes an appearance on screen).

Stanage Edge

This rugged gritstone edge found fame as the scenic spot where Elizabeth Bennet (played by Keira Knightley) daydreamed of dashing Mr Darcy (played by Matthew Macfadyen) in the 2005 blockbuster Pride and Prejudice. Stretching for around four miles, Stanage Edge is known for its brilliant walks with stunning views.

Lyme Park

Dating from Tudor Times, Lyme was later transformed into an Italianate palace, though some Elizabethan interiors survive. Visitors still flock to its lake to see where actor Colin Firth emerged, dripping wet in white shirt and breeches, as Mr Darcy in the BBC TV version of Pride & Prejudice (1995).

Lyme Park was also the location for supernatural thriller The Awakening (2011) – a ghost story set in post-World War I England - and in the BBC TV drama The Village (2014).

Hardwick Hall

Bess of Hardwick’s impressive Elizabethan masterpiece – which earned a reputation for having ‘more glass than wall’ – was the inspiration for Malfoy Manor in Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows (2010).

Now cared for by the National Trust, Hardwick is full of architectural and and artistic delights – from Elizabethan embroidery to Forties furnishing – and the Hardwick Estate is open daily for countryside walks.

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Kedleston Hall

This imposing neo-classical house near Derby, once home of the influential Curzon family, was the setting for the The Duchess (2008) starring Keira Knightley. Kedleston depicted three key locations in the film; the Spencer family home in Althorp, Devonshire House in London and a rented villa in Bath. It also featured in Jane Eyre (BBC TV series 2006). 

A visit to the National Trust Kedleston Hall of today will bring you closer to the aristocratic world which has recently been seen in the popular television series Downton Abbey.

Dovedale, Lindale and Ilam Hall

This idyllic part of the White Peak – famous for its rolling dales and stepping stones across the River Dove – featured in the 2010 version of Robin Hood starring Russell Crowe, plus Jane Eyre (BBC TV series 2006) and The Other Boleyn Girl (2008), starring Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson.

The great outdoors featuring a few stones #sundayvibes

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Derwent Valley

This scenic training ground where the 617 Dam Busters squadron practiced low-level flying for raids on German dams in the Second World War was featured in the post war film The Dam Busters, starring the late Michael Redgrave and Richard Todd (1955).

Known for its three beautiful reservoirs and countryside walks, visitors to the Upper Derwent Valley can explore three dams: Ladybower, Howden and Derwent.


This sleepy Staffordshire Moorlands village starred in ITV’s peak-time medical drama Peak Practice in the 1990s, and more recently in psychological thriller The Holding (2011), starring Vincent Regan and David Bradley (caretaker of Hogwarts, Argus Filch, in the Harry Potter series of films).

Matlock Bath

Known as a 'seaside resort with everything but the sea', Matlock Bath was developed as one of the country's first tourist destinations and, with its Swiss-style landscape, was referred to as 'little Switzerland'. The village was the location for Derbyshire director Nick Whitfield’s award-winning debut film, Skeletons (2010), a quirky cult movie that was acclaimed as Best New British Film at the Edinburgh Film Festival.

Tatton Park

One of the UK’s most complete historic estates, with a Tudor Old Hall, neo-classical mansion, 50 acres of gardens and 1,000 acres of parkland, Tatton played host to the popular ITV drama Brideshead Revisited (1981), starring Jeremy Irons, Anthony Andrews, Claire Bloom and Sir John Gielgud.


This unassuming village near Glossop in the High Peak doubled as Royston Vasey in darkly satiric comedy The League of Gentlemen BBC TV series (1999 – 2002) and film (2005).

North Lees Hall

This impressive mansion near Hathersage was once visited by Charlotte Bronte in 1845, and it is thought the hall and the surrounding areas were her inspiration for Thornfield Hall in Jane Eyre. Parts of North Lees were used for filming Pride and Prejudice (starring Keira Knightley, Matthew MacFadyen and Dame Judi Dench) and The Other Boleyn Girl (2008, starring Cate Blanchett).

Sudbury Hall

Sudbury Hall – country home of the Lords Vernon and now owned by the National Trust – was used for the interior shots of Pemberley House in the BBC’s 1995 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, starring Colin Firth and Jennifer Erle.




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