The lesser known filming locations of Yorkshire’s best TV shows

You probably already know that Last of the Summer Wine was filmed in Holmfirth and most of Gentleman Jack was shot on location at Shibden Hall in Halifax.

Great.

Now we’ve got that out of the way we thought you might be interested in some of the lesser known locations which have featured in some of Yorkshire’s finest television.

The White Rose County has made quite a name for itself when it comes to filming locations. It’s probably because the biggest county in Britain has everything a British TV producer could want, be it gritty urban areas, leafy suburbs, rural rolling hills or craggy sea cliffs.

Here is a selection of some of the less obvious locations used by film crews from the 1970s to the present.

You can visit most of these spots as they’re mostly outdoors but a word of caution first; most of these locations are in rural areas where you’re unlikely to encounter any trouble. We would recommend, however, you do not visit some of the urban locations after dark.

Ackley Bridge

This BBC secondary school drama is filmed at the former St Catherine’s Catholic High School, in Halifax. You can peek into the grounds from Holdsworth Road. There are more Ackley Bridge locations here.

A Touch of Frost

The house in Bishop Monkton where scenes were filmed for the hit ITV detective series A Touch of Frost
The house in Bishop Monkton where scenes were filmed for the hit ITV detective series A Touch of Frost
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This detective series, starring David Jason, was set in the south Midlands but was actually filmed in Yorkshire, mainly around Leeds and Wakefield. Some of the scenes, however, were shot at an 18th-century house in the village of Bishop Monkton, near Harrogate. The house is across the road from the Masons Arms pub.

Band of Gold

This groundbreaking 1990s drama about sex workers was set and filmed in Bradford. ‘The Lane’, as it is referred to in the series, is Lumb Lane, in Manningham, which was until the mid-1990s the city’s red-light district.

Happy Valley

Sarah Lancashire as Sgt Catherine Cawood in Happy Valley
Sarah Lancashire as Sgt Catherine Cawood in Happy Valley

Everyone knows Sally Wainwright’s thriller was filmed around Sowerby Bridge; the main shot down the hill was filmed on Tuel Lane.

But there are some other locations of Happy Valley tucked away. There’s the former police station on Station Road which serves as the fictional cop shop for Sgt Catherine Cawood (Sarah Lancashire). There’s also Sowerby Bridge wharf where recovering alcoholic Neil Ackroyd (Con O’Neill) relapses spectacularly and the Will O’ Nats pub near Meltham. There are more details here.

The League of Gentleman

Almost all of this macabre turn of the millennium comedy was filmed in the Derbyshire town of Hadfield. The most famous outdoor scenes – those outside the Local Shop – were filmed on Marsden Moor, near Huddersfield.

Alas, the infamous ‘shop’ was a mock-up which is no longer there, but you can access its bleak, hilltop location from Woods Mount in Marsden. It’s a short but steep walk to an isolated location but pop coordinates 53°36’08.6″N 1°54’40.2″W into Google Maps and you should be able to find it.

Open All Hours

Open All Hours starring David Jason as Granville and Ronnie Barker as Albert Arkwright
Open All Hours starring David Jason as Granville and Ronnie Barker as Albert Arkwright

This 1970s and 80s sitcom starring Ronnie Barker and David Jason was filmed on Lister Avenue in Doncaster. Arkwright’s shop is number 15 and Gladys Emmanuel’s House is numbers 32 and 34. It’s changed a bit in more than 40 years but it’s still easily recognisable.

Peaky Blinders

This 1920s crime thriller starring Cillian Murphy is set in Birmingham but Newby Hall, in Skelton-on-Ure, near Ripon, was used for many scenes in the first series. You can visit the hall’s gardens, which also feature in the gritty drama, for £14.50 (adults) and £10 (children).

Red Riding

This dizzying crime drama set during the time of Yorkshire Ripper murders was filmed around Leeds. Locations include Seacroft Hospital and the Brudenell Social Club (called the ‘Karachi Club’ in the three-part series) where reporter Eddie Dunford (Andrew Garfield) confronts sinister businessman John Dawson (Sean Bean).

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Check out this interactive map by Last Minute Cottages for more filming locations of classic TV from around Yorkshire and the UK.

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