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Cotswolds On Film

The timeless Cotswold scenery with its wealth of historic villages and period buildings has long been a favourite with TV and film producers.

James Bond, Harry Potter, Dr.Who, Hercules Poirot and Jane Austen’s Emma have all helped the Cotswolds find its place on the film and television map.

With too many locations to visit comfortably in one day, this tour can be adapted to suit any particular location you may wish to see. However, we do make a point of heading south to a couple of lovely Wiltshire villages on the edge of the Cotswolds.

Castle Combe and Lacock are spectacularly well preserved. Both have that “step back in time” appeal and are well worth visiting regardless of their connections with the silver screen.

As well as providing a scenic background for Dr. Doolittle, The Avengers, Agatha Christie’s Poirot and other screen hits, the tiny village of Castle Combe is one of the quaintest of them all. It’s a lovely place to take a gentle amble; a real gem.

Just a few miles away, Lacock’s thirteenth century Abbey is another favourite. It will come as no surprise to find that it was chosen as a place to film scenes from Harry Potter. You may recognise its atmospheric cloisters as Hogwarts classrooms.

Lacock abbey also hosts the fascinating Fox Talbot Museum, dedicated to the work of William Henry Fox Talbot who once owned and lived in the Abbey. He was a local pioneering genius whose many notable achievements include inventing the “negative – positive” photography technique.

If your take on photography is just “point and click” then a visit to the Fox Talbot museum may change your view for ever!

Other parts of the village have appeared in numerous films including ITV’s adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma and more recently, the TV series Cranford starring Dame Judie Dench.

A stroll around this lovely old village provides a fascinating insight into its lively past, and you might just get the feeling that you’ve seen it somewhere before!