Cambridge is known as one of the most picturesque cities in the whole of the UK. It’s well-preserved town and stunning colleges make it an ideal holiday destination, and it’s no surprise the city sees huge visitor numbers every year.
But this mixture of fantastic locations and old world feel also make Cambridge very attractive to film and TV projects looking for those very features. And that means there are locations you can find from your Cambridge hotel that you’ve probably seen on the big or small screen at some point. So, with this in mind, let’s take a look at where you can find them.
Grantchester is a gorgeous place worth visiting just for how it looks. But the village was also used as the primary shooting location for ITV’s drama series of the same name. Based on The Grantchester Mysteries series of novels, the show takes place in the early 1950’s, following Robson Greene and James Norton as they attempt to pick apart the mysteries permeating the sleepy village.
Grantchester is a beautiful place, and it’s the perfect place to stroll around, see what you recognise and just drink in the slow-paced, idyllic surroundings.
The Crown made a big splash when it hit Netflix in 2016, and even though you might have thought the wedding of Elizabeth and Phillip took place in the real Westminster Abbey, that was actually Cambridge’s own Ely Cathedral.
Probably finding Westminster either too pricey or not available, the makers of The Crown instead opted to transform El Cathedral – a stunning location in its own right – into Westminster Cathedral. And they did an excellent job of masking the real location, bringing more than 300 cast and crew to the site for the shoot.
Ely Cathedral is a place you need to visit regardless, as it offers some of the best vistas and photo opportunities – especially during dusk – you can find anywhere in Cambridge. Come for the TV history and stay for the amazing location. And, once you’re all done, you’re ideally placed to find some of the best restaurants in Cambridge.
The Theory of Everything
Cambridge has its fair share of famous denizens – some local, others coming to study at the university – and Stephen Hawking is probably one of the most famous of all.
Enrolled at St. John’s College, Hawking would go on to become one of the most famous scientists in the world, arguably in history. And his genius and personal trials made for an award-winning film in the form of The Theory of Everything. It’s located nearby most of those centrally located Cambridge hotels, so you can always enjoy a spot of Afternoon Tea before heading out.
Shooting for the film took in many of Cambridge’s iconic colleges, but the main bulk of what’s on screen took place at St. John’s. Known as one of the most picturesque of all the colleges, it’s a stunning locale and worth exploring after you’ve found the parts you’ve seen on the silver screen.