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25 Famous Movies Filmed at England’s Hatfield House

You may not know it, but you’ve probably seen this house before.

Photo by Allan Engelhardt via Wiki Commons
Photo by Allan Engelhardt via Wiki Commons

Dozens of events, TV programs, and movies have been filmed on location at England’s famous Hatfield House, an amazing place dripping with history. According to the house’s official website:

“In 1611, Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury built his fine Jacobean House adjoining the site of the Old Palace of Hatfield. The House was splendidly decorated for entertaining the Royal Court, with State Rooms rich in paintings, fine furniture and tapestries.”

Here are 25 of the many movies filmed at the famous Hatfield House:

  1. Batman (1989)
  2. The Avengers (1998)
  3. Shakespeare in Love (1998)
  4. Sleepy Hollow (1999)
  5. Band of Brothers (2001)
  6. Tomb Raider (2001)
  7. The Importance of Being Ernest (2002)
  8. Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003)
  9. Vanity Fair (2004)
  10. The Libertine (2004)
  11. Charlie & the Chocolate Factory (2005)
  12. Batman Begins (2005)
  13. The New World (2005)
  14. V for Vendetta (2005)
  15. Hot Fuzz (2007)
  16. Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007)
  17. Sherlock Holmes (2009)
  18. Get Him to The Greek (2010)
  19. Clash of the Titans (2010)
  20. The King’s Speech (2010)
  21. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (2011)
  22. Sherlock Holmes – A Game of Shadows (2011)
  23. Anna Karenina (2012)
  24. The World’s End (2013)
  25. 47 Ronin (2013)

Interesting that multiple incarnations of Batman were filmed there. Band of Brothers is one of my favorite productions in history, so hooray that Hatfield was one of the settings. Of all these films, I think I can picture the house in my memory most clearly for Tomb Raider and The World’s End.

This list of big time movies shot at the Hatfield House reveals some fascinating intersections of pop culture.

  • Both Bruce Wayne and chocolate were forged in the same halls in 2005.
  • Queen Elizabeth and Hot Fuzz crossed paths in 2007.
  • 2010 featured a decided Greek theme that would make Matt Mikalatos proud.
  • Both Harry Potter and a stuttering king have trembled in those hallowed halls.

Check out the house’s official Filming Brochure 2014 to see many amazing photos of the rooms, hallways, and grounds.

Kudos to Lord & Lady Salisbury for being such keen supporters of the arts. I know if my family built a palatial estate 400 years ago and I still owned it and was filthy rich, I too would allow major Hollywood studios to film movies in and around my house.

I mean, open invitation to my current apartment, but Tinseltown hasn’t called yet.

Have you ever seen the Hatfield House? What is your favorite movie of those filmed there?

By Clay Morgan

Clay Morgan is the author of Undead. Say hi on Twitter.