Kent movie locations you can visit
Kent is home to an array of visually stunning attractions and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which makes it a top filming location for talented directors. The wide open landscape, historical buildings and fascinating architecture perfectly fit the script of many well-known films, so here’s an array of Kent movie locations you can actually visit.
Remember the scene in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (2010) where Harry and Hagrid dodged traffic in a flying sidecar in a bid to escape the gruesome Death Eaters? Well, this epic chase saw the duo fly across Dartford Crossing in a scene which was reportedly filmed during planned tunnel maintenance closures back in 2009.
As a much-loved National Trust site, Knole Park has provided the perfect backdrop for many Hollywood movies including Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011) featuring Johnny Depp. During the fourth instalment of this swashbuckling adventure, the courtyard of Knole Park’s manor house was used to film the scene where Joshamee Hamish Gibbs was to be shackled in the gallows.
Other movies filmed at this beautiful location include The Other Boleyn Girl (2008) starring Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman and Eric Bana. On this occasion the inner courtyard was used to replicate Whitehall Palace and while the setting was perfect, the inclement Kent weather was reportedly the film crew’s toughest challenge.
Dover Castle and its intricate network of tunnels are a director’s dream with many films having been shot on-site, including the action-packed blockbuster, Avengers: Age of Ultron. The Marvel Studios production visited back in 2014 to shoot several action sequences with the castle being used as part of the interior for the Hydra Outpost in Sovokia.
Dover Castle has also been the setting of other popular movies including Disney’s Into the Woods, where local residents were also cast as extras. Cinderella and Prince Charming’s wedding procession and feast are among the most stunning and memorable scenes to have been filmed at this spot.
Groombridge Place, a quintessentially British manor house nestled in the heart of Tunbridge Wells was extensively used during the filming of Pride and Prejudice – the critically acclaimed adaptation of Jane Austen’s much-loved novel. This historical building made a wonderful dwelling for the fictional Bennett family with Hollywood stars including Keira Knightly, Carey Mulligan and Rosamund Pike swanning around the estate in full period costume.
The Historic Dockyard Chatham
The Historic Dockyard Chatham is regularly visited by film crews with movies such as The Golden Compass, Vanity Fair, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows and The Man from U.N.C.L.E all having used areas of this historic site.
The tourist attraction was also selected as one of the main locations for the big screen blockbuster, Les Misérables, starring Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe. The Historic Dockyard was transformed into a rustic 19th century French town with the Victorian Ropery being used as the police station of Inspector Javert.
Why not enjoy a stay in Kent while you’re visiting some of its film locations? All of the above places are within easy reach of Rankins Farm.