As Seen on Screen

Jul 07 2019

Blenheim Palace isn’t only one of the UK’s most popular visitor attractions, it has also played a starring role in more than a dozen movie blockbusters.

The Oxfordshire UNESCO World Heritage Site has been the location for a host of hugely popular films ranging from Harry Potter and The BFG to James Bond and Mission Impossible.

Now there’s the chance to go ‘on location’ and discover the real-life locations of some of the most iconic movie scenes.

The interior of the magnificent Palace has appeared in Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, A little Chaos, The Libertine and Half a Sixpence while the Formal Gardens and 2,000 acres of Parkland featured in James Bond’s Spectre, The Young Victoria, Gulliver’s Travels, Fan and The BFG.

Visitors travel from around the world to visit the iconic tree where a young Severus Snape sat in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and scenes from Cinderella, Entrapment and the quintessentially English detective series Inspector Morse were all filmed at Blenheim.

The Palace itself has been set on fire, been the scene of mass dancing, feasting, intrigue and murder and was even the location of Victoria Beckham’s Walkers crisp advert!

Action film fans should look out for chase scenes from Spectre, James Bond, Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation and Transformers: The Last Knight while Disney lovers will recognise famous scenes from Cinderella and Gulliver’s Travels.

The opulent State Rooms were the perfect setting for the historical romance, Young Victoria and for Bollywood fans the sixth highest grossing film, Kabhi Khushi, Kabhie Gham (Sometimes Happiness, Sometimes Sadness) was also shot at the Palace with fabulous dance scenes all filmed in the Great Court.

Classic British TV shows including The Hairy Bikers, Building Britain, Phil Spencer’s Stately Homes, Songs of Praise and Antiques Roadshow have also all used Blenheim Palace as a stunning backdrop.

Visitors can explore the Palace, Park and Gardens of Blenheim Palace throughout the year.