WILTON HOUSE (Wiltshire): Young Elizabeth and Margaret at Buckingham Palace.
In the county of Wiltshire, an hour and a half from Bristol, it is located Wilton House. And in this famous English country house, (home to the Earl and Countess of Pembroke) there is one of the most recurring filming spot for period dramas.
The room it is known as the Doble Cube Room and it is the largest and most lavish room in the house. This was the filming location for the scene where young Elizabeth and Margaret run around Buckingham Palace in season one but also where Princess Diana dances uninhibited at Buckingham in season four.
This stunning location has also feature in other period TV series like Bridgerton and Outlander and well-loved period films such as Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility.
You too can step into this popular filming location! Click on the ‘Activities’ button to know more!
WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL (Hampshire): Wedding of Charles and Diana & Winston Churchill's funeral.
29th of July, 1981. The eyes of the entire world were looking at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, watching how Prince Charles and Lady Diana became husband and wife.
However, in the TV series this scene wasn’t filmed in any London. The crew and actors travelled to Hampshire, southeast from Bristol, to shoot this famous event at Winchester Cathedral.
This Gothic cathedral dates back to 1093 and has several links with the world of fiction. This the site where writer Jane Austen was buried at and its large dimension makes it a practical filming location to shoot crowded religious events throughout history.
In fact, the royal wedding was not the first time the cameras of The Crown rolled inside these ancient stone walls. In season 3 of the show, Winston Churchill’s funeral was also recreated at Winchester Cathedral. Although this State funeral (an honour usually reserved only for royal members) did really take place in St. Paul’s Cathedral in 1965.
Do you want to know more about the history of this famous cathedral? In our ‘Activities’ section you’ll find a selection of tours and experiences for you to discover Winchester!
SOMERLEY HOUSE (Hampshire): Charles and Diana's country house.
Highgrove House is now the family residence of King Charles III and Queen Camilla. But back in the day, this was the house where Prince Charles and Princess Diana spent most of their weekends in the country. And this is what we get to see (up to this moment) in The Crown.
In episode 4 of season 4, we see Charles walking around this house with her mother the Queen, talking about the plans he has for the renovation of the building and above all, its gardens.
The show’s production team travelled to Hampshire, a county south of Bristol (a two-hour drive) to film the scenes set in Haighgrove House at Somerly House.
The Georgian Stately Home of Somerley House was built back in the 18th and its elegant gardens were a great asset to chose this place as the filming location for one of King Charles’ favourite properties.
Nowadays, Somerley is an Estate open to special celebrations and events.