Love On Screen: The UK’s Most Romantic Filming Locations

By Martha Davies

5 months ago

Famous spots from the silver screen

Ever wondered where your favourite romance shows and movies were filmed? If you’re gearing up for Valentine’s Day by treating yourself to a Jane Austen adaptation or a rerun of Bridgerton, you might be curious about the real-life settings of these timeless love stories – and we’ve got all the details. Read on to find out which cities have received the most airtime in classic romance films and TV shows (making them, naturally, some of the UK’s most romantic places).

The Most Romantic Places In The UK, According To TV & Film

The Royal Artillery Barracks

Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story. Episode 104 of Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story. Cr. Liam Daniel/Netflix © 2023

There’s nothing better than a dreamy romance set in a spectacular location. Whether it’s the breathtaking beaches in Poldark or the ravishing country estates in Downton Abbey, romance shows and films are shot in some seriously jaw-dropping places – but which UK cities can you see on screen? 

According to a survey by travel site TourScanner, Yorkshire and Bath have been featured in the highest number of film and TV romances compared to other genres – making them some of the most romantic areas in the UK. Below you’ll find all of the biggest romantic filming locations, ranked.

Keighley, West Yorkshire

This charming market town nabs the top spot, having featured in the highest number of films and TV shows compared to other genres. The biggest titles include Jane Eyre (2011) and Wuthering Heights (1992) as well as 2022’s semi-fictional Brontë biopic, Emily. Keighley was also used as a filming location for Downton Abbey.

Fancy a visit? The town boasts a heritage railway line, a Grade II* listed former textile mill, and the handsome Cliffe Castle.

Bath, Somerset

The picture-perfect region of Bath has served as the backdrop for a whole host of romantic shows and films including Persuasion (2007), The Other Boleyn Girl (2008) and The Duchess (2008). Bath is a particularly romantic spot thanks to its association with Jane Austen – and it was also a huge part of the Bridgerton series.

Bath Crescent

Worthing, West Sussex

Just a few miles down the coast from Brighton, the lovely town of Worthing provides the perfect place for a romantic sojourn. The most notable film shot in the area is Empire of Light, which was released in 2022.

Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

While it may be most famous for horse racing, Cheltenham is also a popular filming location: you’ll see it in the likes of Atonement (2007) and Emma (2020). Its Regency architecture makes it a particularly brilliant choice for period films. 

Salisbury, Wiltshire

With its famous cathedral and gorgeous rural vistas, Salisbury provides plenty of filming fodder. It’s featured in a number of big titles like Sense and Sensibility (1995) and even The Princess Diaries (2001).