You've seen the films, why not check out the settings! In many cases, the locations of famous films are open to the public, although in one notable instance art was true to life, and you wouldn't be welcome.

Rosmead Gardens (Notting Hill)

This is the garden that Julia Roberts tempted Hugh Grant into on their way back home from a London party. Trespassing may be romantic in films, but it has serious consequences in real life. Despite being one of the most popular gardens in films, Rosemead Gardens really are a gated and private space, so you can't go there. Don't worry there are plenty of other famous gardens that you can visit.

Rosmead Gardens Official Website

Stourhead Gardens (Pride and Prejudice)

The estate of Stourhead in Wiltshire was used as an external location for "Pride and Prejudice," the 2005 production starring Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen. The proposal of Mr. Darcy to Elizabeth Bennet takes place in the Temple of Apollo within the gardens. Even without the presence of charismatic stars Stourhead gardens are worth a visit. The property has been owned by the National Trust since 1946 so you can tour the house or estate most days of the week. There's even a 1.5 hour 2 mile planned trail, designed to follow the 18th-century route of its original architect, Henry Hoare II.

Stourhead Gardens at National Trust

Alnwick Garden (Harry Potter and many more)

You'll need to journey to Northumberland to visit Alnwick, but 800,000 visitors a year testify that it's one of the most popular gardens in the UKBoth the garden and the castle have been used for so many films that it's hard to know where to start listing its credits. The site was used as far back as 1964 for the British-American production "Becket," and it's been a popular choice for film-makers since, right through to 2010 for the Ridley Scott-directed "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves." When you pay your visit you're most likely to recognise the magnificent formal gardens as the place where Harry Potter took his first flying lessons. As well as doubling as Hogwarts, Alnwick castle has also played the part of "Downton Abbey" in the 2014 Christmas special. You'll be welcome to visit the gardens and you can check out the treehouse restaurant but you need to wait until the spring to visit the Poison Garden as not all parts of the garden are open all year.

 Alnwick Garden Official Website

The Eden Project (Die Another Day)

From the North of the UK to the South, the Eden Project is located near St Austell in Cornwall, Those who know the county for its mild climate may have been a little surprised to see the amazing biomes covered in snow, but then they'd been relocated to Iceland for the purposes of the plot line! You're unlikely to meet James Bond, but a visit to the Eden project is still sure to delight, inspire and fascinate. In case you don't know, the project is about conservation and environmental awareness as much as straightforward gardening. If you'd like to check out the domes virtually before committing yourself to the journey you can find them through Google Street View. 

The Eden Project's Official Website


Montacute House Garden (The Libertine, Sense and Sensibility)

This house and garden in Yeovil were used for the filming of "The Libertine" starring Jonny Depp but like so many UK gardens it's also featured in a Jane Austen production, in this case "Sense and Sensibility." Look for the famous West Drive in the scene where Kate Winslet runs tearfully through the rain after being rejected by her lover. 

Montacute Hous and Garden at the National Trust


Haddon Hall (Jane Eyre, three times!)

Another stunning English country house, located on the River Wye at Bakewell, Derbyshire. Unlike some of the manors mentioned here Haddon Hall is still privately owned but it's still open to visitors for much of the year. The house and garden have been used in 3 different versions of "Jane Eyre," in 1996, 2006 and 2011, and also as another location for the 2005 version of "Pride and Prejudice."

Haddon Hall Official Website

Chatsworth House (Pride and Prejudice, The Duchess, The Wolfman)

Chatsworth is another great Derbyshire home and garden. The 105-acre gardens have been evolving for more than 450 years so it's no surprise that it offers a perfect location for period dramas such as the 1998 production, "The Duchess," starring Keira Knightley (again!), this time alongside Ralph Fiennes. Chatsworth gardens are elegant and a true example of superb garden maintenance. As well as playing host to numerous films, Chatsworth has starred in its own show, being the subject of a three-part BBC documentary back in 2012. Besides that, there are many London gardeners that draw their inspiration from the stunning famous gardens of Chatsworth House.

Chatsworth House Official Website

Hyde Park (Where it all started)

For our final popular gardens in films choice, we're going to the park. Hyde Park's Apsley Gate was the location of the very first recording of a projected moving image back in January 1889. Since then the park has featured in David Lean's 1944 classic, "This Happy Breed" and featured in the opening credits of "Around the World in Eighty Days" in 1956. In the Ipcress File in 1965, Harry Palmer (Michael Caine) used benches in the park for clandestine meetings. More recently South Carriage Drive was a location in "Johnny English" (2003). 

Hyde Park at The Royal Parks