5 things to do in Hertfordshire this week - Visit Herts’ filming locations

PUBLISHED: 16:20 30 November 2020

Hatfield House (c) Rasta Taxi, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Hatfield House (c) Rasta Taxi, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)


While Hertfordshire’s busy events schedule takes a hiatus during this latest lockdown, we’ll be suggesting a selection of outdoor and home-based activities that all comply with the latest guidelines

This week we’ll be featuring a selection of Herts’ filming locations that you can visit yourself or spot in one of these hit films. Please check all local information through the links provided before heading out as indoor locations may not be open but outdoor areas may still be accessible

Johnny English (2003) and Johnny English Reborn (2011)

Both the Johnny English films, starring Rowan Atkinson, have scenes shot in Hertfordshire. The 2002 original was filmed in locations such as St Albans Cathedral and Watford’s Leavesden Park. The sequel, Johnny English Reborn, saw the stunning stately home, Brocket Hall, used for scenes.

Click here to read about the Celtic rebellion in St Albans and more of Herts’ historic events.

Batman (1989)

The grand stately homes Knebworth House and Hatfield House played an important role in the Tim Burton-directed 1989 version of Batman. Knebworth was used as the exterior of Wayne Manor, the large estate owned by Bruce Wayne, or Batman, in the fictional city of Gotham.

Here’s more about the county’s role in the making of the film.

Lolita (1962)

Grade II* listed country house, Hilfield Castle, near Aldenham, was used as Pavor Manor in Stanley Kubrick’s 1962 adaptation of Vladimir Nabokov’s controversial novel of the same name.

Click here for a winter walking route at nearby Hemel Hempstead.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)

Fans of the Harry Potter film franchise will be pleased to know that parts of the fourth instalment, the Goblet of Fire, were filmed in Hertfordshire. The scene when Harry and the Weasley family are on their way to the Quidditch World Cup is filmed in Ashridge Woods. There is also a scene when the characters are finding the “manky old boot” on a hill which is Beacon Hill in the Ivinghoe Hills.

Here’s a selection of walks on the Ashridge Estate and into the Chilterns.

The World’s End (2013)

Simon Pegg and Nick Frost star in The World’s End, the final installation in director Edgar Wright’s Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy – that includes Shaun of the Dead (2004) and Hot Fuzz (2007). A pub crawl gone awry sees the characters facing an alien invasion. Scenes were filmed in various locations in Letchworth Garden City including the Broadway Cinema and The Three Magnets and Welwyn Garden City’s The Peartree on Hollybush Lane and The Doctors Tonic on Church Road.

Read more about the history of Letchworth.

Click here to see our full list of films made in Hertfordshire


For more information about any of the events listed above; how to get there, how to book tickets and prices, please follow the links in the event name.

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