Visit the Stately Home Film Locations of Wolf Hall

Wolf Hall is a multi-award winning historical novel named after the Seymour family seat of Wolfhall or Wulfhall in Wiltshire. Set in the period from 1500 to 1535, Wolf Hall is a fictionalised biography documenting the rapid rise to power of Thomas Cromwell in the court of Henry VIII through to the death of Sir Thomas More. In January 2015 this historical novel becomes a BBC drama series starring Damian Lewis as Henry VIII.

 

Several National Trust properties were chosen as the set locations. Location scouts saw the houses, in Somerset, Wiltshire, Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire, as the perfect backdrops for filming the acclaimed story of Thomas Cromwell’s rise to power in the court of Henry VIII.

Our hotels are an ideal base for visiting the main Wolf Hall film locations as a self guided tour. Book individually or take advantage of our 3 night, 3 hotel Cotswold Break.

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Book a Cotswold Hotel Break at
Hatton Court, The Snooty Fox or The White Hart Inn
and take the time to visit more of these great locations.

For the Somerset locations The Corner House Hotel in Taunton makes an ideal base.

Montacute House Barrington Court

 
For the final cut of Wolf Hall, Montacute House, in Somerset, was used as the set for Greenwich Palace, Henry VIII’s main London seat and the scene of Anne Boleyn’s arrest. Its grounds will be the backdrop to a “spectacular” jousting tournament.


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 Barrington Court, also in Somerset, stood in for the interior of York Place – later known as Whitehall – where Cardinal Wolsey, Cromwell’s mentor and friend, lived before his fall from grace. The property was saved from ruin and restored by the Lyle family in 1920s.


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Lacock Abbey Chasleton House


Set in rural Wiltshire, Lacock village is famous for its picturesque streets, historic buildings and more recently as a TV and film location. Lacock Abbey, which was used for courtyard scenes in two Harry Potter films, will be seen later in the series as the exterior of Wolf Hall, the Seymour family country seat. On a day out in Lacock there is plenty for you to see and do.

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A fourth venue, Chastleton House, Oxfordshire, provides the setting of one of the series’ most visceral scenes, in Putney, in which a young Cromwell is kicked viciously by his father. In contrast to the grim scene, which forms the opening of the novel, the interior will be used as Wolf Hall, where Jane Seymour first catches Henry’s eye.

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Great Chalfield Manor Horton Court

Elsewhere, Great Chalfield Manor and garden in Wiltshire will stand in as the inside of Austin Friars, Thomas Cromwell’s home, described as a “happy place teeming with in-laws and wards, nieces and nephews and abandoned wives”. It has has since been used for the filming of Lark Rise to Candleford, The Other Boleyn Girl and Tess of the D’Urbervilles.

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The last of the National Trust properties to be used, and the only one of the six not open to the public, is Horton Court, a 16th century manor house in South Gloucestershire, which also doubled up as Austin Friars. Horton Court lies in a valley in the South Cotswolds. Originally a Norman hall, now a manor house, it has an interesting and diverse history.

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Wolf Hall also filmed scenes in Bristol Cathedral, Gloucester Cathedral, Winchester Cathedral and Dover Castle, Kent.