ByBrooke Geller, writer at Creators.co
Movie Pilot staff writer, aspiring shieldmaiden and friend to all doggos. twitter.com/brookalus
Brooke Geller

Fans of Victoria could pretend they watch the show for the drama, politics and fascinating insight into 19th Century royal etiquette. But let's be honest: it's really all about the castles. Opulent floral wallpaper, gold-flecked fixtures and sprawling grounds covered in the most well-manicured gardens old money can buy; Victoria is veritable eye-candy for the architecture aficionado.

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Castles, Manors And Estates Galore

While much of was filmed in a studio, the production team also sourced an array of exquisite locations to film some of the show's most iconic scenes. Take a gander at all the fantastic filming locations and consider planning a royal road trip:

16. Raby Castle, County Durham

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[Credit: shandyboy159 Instagram]

The medieval Raby Castle was featured in Episode 7 as Buckingham Palace. Several indoor rooms, as well as the terrace and gardens, were used for filming. Raby Castle was also used in another iconic period drama, Elizabeth.

15. Buckingham Palace, London

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[Credit: Public Domain Pictures]

Whilst the crew's restricted filming privileges meant they had to reconstruct Buckingham Palace's interiors inside a studio, some shots of the royal residence's exterior were used.

14. Windsor Castle, Berkshire

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[Credit: Wikimedia Commons]

As with Buckingham Palace, only a few shots of the outside were able to be used, thanks to the help of a little added CGI magic to get that authentic 1800s feel.

13. Loughborough Great Central Station, Leicestershire

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[Credit: Nick Macneill]

The beautifully classic Great Central Station in Loughborough made the perfect shooting location for costume drama Victoria. The crew also filmed some scenes along the Mountsorrel branch line, showing off the stunning natural scenery of Leicestershire in all its glory.

12. Horse Guard's Parade, London

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[Credit: benthompsonphotography Instagram]

The highly recognizable Horse Guard's Parade is a famous royal landmark, and was taken back to the 19th Century for Victoria using CGI.

11. Castle Howard, Yorkshire

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[Credit: victoria_phipps Instagram]

Kensington Palace was replaced by Castle Howard, a towering private residence with sprawling grounds. The building is over 300 years old and is home to a family of peacocks.

10. Bramham Park, Yorkshire

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[Credit: bramhampark Instagram]

Rather than moving production over to London to film in Hyde Park, the show's crew decided to stay put in Yorkshire and instead shoot at the equally stunning Bramham Park. The grounds were also used to portray Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace, as well as London's Richmond Park.

Victoria [Credit: ITV]
Victoria [Credit: ITV]

9. Allerton Castle, Yorkshire

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[Credit: allertoncastleyorkshire Instagram]

What better place to represent Prince Albert's home than the magnificent Allerton Castle? Describing itself as "England's most elegant gothic revival stately home", it's clear to see why so many people would want to choose Allerton Castle for their wedding.

8. Newby Hall, Yorkshire

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[Credit: geordielens Instagram/emmagrattidge Instagram]

Newby Hall is one of many grand buildings used as both Kensington Palace and Buckingham Palace. During World War II, the manor was turned into an emergency residence for the royal family in case of an emergency in London.

7. Beverly Minister, Yorkshire

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[Credit: margaretclunie Instagram/phil7009 Instagram/ITV]

It may not be Westminster Abbey, but this impressive church does a fine job of replicating it. Fans of Victoria will easily recognize its stained glass windows and stone columns from Victoria and Albert's wedding scene.

6. Harewood House, Yorkshire

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[Credit: nicholas_wells_antiques_london Instagram/joe_tinsley_Instagram/jenna_coleman_ Instagram]

The cheerful landscape wallpaper and lavish trimmings of Harewood House make it a worthy substitute for Buckingham Palace. And from March 2017, the estate will host a Victoria costume exhibition, featuring original pieces used on the show.

5. Wentworth Woodhouse, Yorkshire

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[Credit: britishnobility Instagram]

This baroque country house was used not only in scenes showing Kensington Palace and Buckingham Palace, but a brothel in Episode 5. The property is currently undergoing restoration, which is anticipated to cost £7.6 million.

4. Church Fenton Studios, Yorkshire

Booking entire estates isn't always practical, which means much of Buckingham Palace's interiors were recreated at Church Fenton Studios. The set designs are simply spectacular, and could easily pass for the real deal. Can you tell which scenes were filmed here?

3. Carlton Towers, Yorkshire

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[Credit: carlton_towers Instagram]

The gothic Carlton Towers were used for royal residence Windsor Castle, Queen Victoria's venue of choice for all her social soirees. The building itself was once used as a military hospital in World War II.

2. Temple Newsam House, Yorkshire

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[Credit: ryn_mandy Instagram/emilyxkxx Instagram/andrea.spink Instagram]

A mixture of Jacobean and Tudor architecture, Temple Newsam boasts everything from hand-painted wallpaper to an impressive art collection. It featured in Episode 2 of Victoria and is sure to leave an impression on any period drama fanatic.

1. Whitby Pier, Yorkshire

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[Credit: petefarrington Instagam]

The oceanside town of Whitby lent its gloomy skies to the Victoria filming crew, with the harbor serving as the perfect location for an outdoor scene. The streets of the town were also found to be ideal for the show's 19th Century setting.

Check out some of these gorgeous filming locations in the trailer for Victoria:


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