Where is The Favourite Filmed? Inside the UK locations used and how to visit

The Favourite is hotly tipped to be one of the strong contenders for an Oscar after picking up a Best Film nomination, not to mention that all three of its leading ladies have also bagged nominations.

Set in the 18th century, the drama sees a frail Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) occupying the throne during England’s war with the French, with confidante Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz) by her side, when new servant (Emma Stone) arrives.

But it’s not just the drama that’s gripped film fans – there are also some pretty incredible sets.

There’s good news for Brits too, as the film was actually shot on location across the UK in a host of breathtaking estates.

Even better news – you can visit all of them.

We take a look at The Favourite filming locations below…

1. Hatfield House

Hatfield House

The bulk of the filming took place at this grandiose estate in Hertfordshire.

The Jacobean era stately home doubled up as the 18th century royal estate and it’s not difficult to see why it caught the production crew’s attention.

Hatfield House is filled with opulent halls and rooms.

Hatfield House library

Filming locations included the Long Gallery with its gold ceilings and the elegant Library, while the Winter Dining Room and the King James Drawing Room look fit for royalty.

Then of course the cast and crew had their pick of the sprawling landscaped gardens for outdoor shots.

You can visit Hatfield House itself – adult tickets cost £6.50, child tickets cost £3.


2. Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace

Considering its royal history, Hampton Court Palace seemed an apt choice for a drama about royalty.

A host of scenes were shot in some of the palace’s most famous spots including Henry VIII’s Kitchens, the Cartoon Gallery and Fountain Court – all of which you can visit.

The palace is also celebrating its link to the film and displaying some of the costumes worn by Olivia, Rachel and Emma, as well as offering some behind-the-scenes tidbits.

Adult tickets from £11.35, child tickets from £5.65.


3. The Bodleian Libraries

The Bodleian Library


The cast and crew reportedly filmed some scenes in the incredible libraries at the 15th century Divinity School, located in the University of Oxford.

Not surprising when you consider their medieval architecture, ancient books and pretty spectacular atmosphere.

The libraries have also featured in other hit films including Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and The History Boys.

You can visit the Bodleian Libraries but you’ll need to book onto a tour – find out more on the website here.

4. Danson House

Danson House


The Victorian basement in Danson House doubled up as the servants’ quarters in the film – where Abigail first finds her new sleeping area.

Meanwhile the Palladian villa’s kitchen was transformed to look like a luxurious Turkish bath for the mud bath scene featuring the Queen and Lady Sarah.

In reality, Danson House serves as a registry office but it’s still open to the public.

Tickets cost £7 per person, but children aged under seven can go for free.

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