After an overnight stay in Norwich, England’s UNESCO City of Stories, visit Norman Foster’s futuristic Sainsbury Centre of Visual Arts at the University of East Anglia. The venue played the Upstate New York HQ of Marvel’s Avengers in Age of Ultron (2015) and Spiderman: Homecoming (2017) with Tom Holland.
Still in Norwich as you wander through the historic lanes to Elm Hill where an episode of the BBC’s 1980s antiques drama Lovejoy with Ian McShane was filmed. However, it is the towns of Lavenham and Long Melford in Suffolk where he was a regular driving around the country lanes and villages.
The interior of Norwich’s Norman cathedral was turned into a medieval castle in the fairytale adventure Jack the Giant Slayer (2013). Directed by Bryan Singer, it starred Ewan McGregor, Ian McShane, and Bill Nighy.
Heading out of Norwich to Holkham where Holkham Hall is arguably Norfolk’s most significant film location. The 18th century Palladian house has been used for The Duchess (2008), starring Keira Knightley and Ralph Fiennes, All The King’s Men (1999) with David Jason, and Dean Spanley (2008) with Peter O’Toole and Sam Neill.
The marble staircase inside Holkham Hall in The Duchess with Ralph Fiennes.
The nearby beach has also seen its fair share of filming too… The Eagle Has Landed (1976) with Michael Caine, Shakespeare in Love (1999) with Gwyneth Paltrow, and Annihilation (2018) with Natalie Portman.
Further along the coast in autumn 2019, King’s Lynn featured in Armando Iannucci’s Dickens’ adaptation The Personal Life of David Copperfield, with a starry cast including Tilda Swinton, Dev Patel, Hugh Laurie, Game of Thrones’ Gwendoline Christie, Peter Capaldi and Paddington himself… Ben Whishaw. See filming spots in Bury St Edmunds on Day 2 of this itinerary.
The beach at the seaside town of Hunstanton on the North Norfolk coast features in scenes from the film ‘Spencer’, featuring Kristen Stewart as the late Princess of Wales and Oscar nominee Sally Hawkins.
Other locations include the church of St Peter and St Paul in the Breckland village of Shropham, near Attleborough, which was used as a double for Sandringham church in another scene from the film.
It’s unlikely that the Royal Family’s private home would be used as a film or TV location, but the BBC’s All The Kings Men (1999), with David Jason and Dame Maggie Smith, was different – it tells the story of a group of world war one volunteers from the Sandringham estate, led by estate manager Captain Frank Beck, who joined the Norfolk Regiment and inexplicably disappeared in Gallipoli in 1915. You can learn more about the story at the Sandringham Museum.
Sandringham House, a Royal residency of King Charles III, in North Norfolk.
The TV drama was also shot at Blickling Hall, Cromer, West Newton, Sheringham, Burnham Deepdale and Holkham.
Stay in the city of Norwich at the Maids Head Hotel or Assembly House.
Stay in north Norfolk at The Victoria, Holkham.