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From the silver screen to much-loved TV dramas, the North York Moors plays a starring role. It's hardly surprising that location scouts regularly turn up on our doorstep. If it’s not the stunning coastline or panoramic moorland, then it’s the charming villages, period buildings and heritage steam trains that have film and TV companies eager to add a bit of the National Park to their latest production – whether it’s for CBeebies, Hollywood or even Bollywood.

We take a closer look at some locations you can visit for film-inspired days out…

North York Moors - in the spotlight 

By now, everyone probably knows that Yorkshire TV’s ‘Heartbeat’ was filmed in and around tranquil Goathland (‘Aidensfield’ in the programme), but here are more on-screen appearances you may have missed.

North Yorkshire Moors Railway

It's a perennial favourite, especially Goathland station, the setting for Hogsmeade train station in the early Harry Potter films, ITV's 'Heartbeat' and more recently the Bollywood blockbuster 'Shaandaar'. And while Bridlington takes centre stage in the much anticipated 'Dad's Army' film, our scenic railway is also set to appear, along with the National Park's coastline at Ravenscar, Cloughton and a remote cottage at Hummersea, near Skinningrove,

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway has featured in ITV’s 'Downton Abbey' – which starred Golden Globe winner Joanne Froggatt from Littlebeck in the North York Moors - and in ‘Testament of Youth’. The BBC Films/Heyday Films adaptation of Vera Brittain’s World War One memoirs was shot in several locations in the National Park including Goathland, Egton Moor, Fylingdales and along the coast.

Duncombe Park

Helmsley’s stately home masquerades as the German HQ in this year's 'Dad's Army' film. It has provided a stunning backdrop for a number of TV programmes too, doubling as Groby Hall for the 2012 BBC drama ‘Parade’s End’ and also featured in the 2013 BBC film 'The Thirteenth Tale’.

The countryside around Helmsley will also be seen later this year in the film Hunter’s Prayer where Studfold Luxury Lodges is portrayed as a deserted holiday park in France. Sam Worthington, star of Avatar, is the lead in this action thriller based on the 2004 novel For the Dogs by Kevin Wignall.


Sit down with your pre-schooler and see Staithes in CBeebies ‘Old Jack’s Boat’, which features Bernard Cribbins as 'Old Jack', a retired fisherman who tells stories from inside his fishing boat, ‘The Rainbow’.

Castle Howard 

Well-known as the location for both the hugely popular 1980s ITV series and film versions of’ ‘Brideshead Revisited’, majestic Castle Howard also turns up in the BBC’s ‘Death Comes to Pemberley’ and Bollywood blockbuster Shaandaar. And in ‘Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties’, a case of mistaken identity leaves Garfield in charge of the estate. 

Newburgh Priory

The BBC1 adaptation of Susanna Clarke’s fantasy novel ‘Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell’ showcased Newburgh Priory, near Coxwold, amongst its many Yorkshire locations.