Location Shooting

The Raby Estate is no stranger to screen stardom, with the Estate and Castle having featured in many high-profile television and movie productions, including Emmerdale, Golden Globe winning and Oscar nominated blockbuster 1917, Sky Atlantic’s Britannia, the 1998 Oscar winning movie Elizabeth with Cate Blanchett and ITV’s Victoria.

The Estate incorporates Raby Castle, High Force Hotel and Waterfall and thousands of acres of County Durham moorland, woodland, arable and grazing land.

Our experience as a filming location means we are able to deal direct with production companies and location managers to provide a Unit Base and Shoot Location.

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Natural Landscapes

The Estate’s dramatic landscape offers huge possibilities to filmmakers. Stretching across Upper Teesdale, it incorporates part of the spectacular North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a National Geopark.  The River Tees cascades over High Force Waterfall, one of the highest and most magnificent falls in the UK, tumbling towards Low Force, which was the location for the dramatic escape scenes in 1917.

High Force Waterfall (c) Daniel Casson
(c) Daniel Casson

Historic Castle

Raby Castle is the perfect setting for history, drama and romance. It is one of the most complete English Castles with parts of the building dating back to Medieval times. Here, in the Baron’s Hall, 700 knights gathered to plot The Rising of the North in 1569.  The Castle and interiors have provided inspiration to location managers for a range of filming sequences. The imposing Grand Entrance Hall, for example, featured in the television series Victoria.

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Raby Castle Drone Images credit Alistair W Baldwin Associates.
(c) Alistair W Baldwin Associates

Country Hotel

The High Force Hotel can provide boutique accommodation during filming as well as being a location setting in its own right. We were pleased to welcome actor George MacKay, who stayed with us at High Force during the filming of 1917. The Hotel’s cosy and traditional fireside snug, bar area and function room make an excellent setting for bar, restaurant and event scenes.

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“Raby Estates have been so incredibly accommodating – Sophie is so knowledgeable about the area and filming processes in general that made the whole experience a delight. Our cast and crew loved filming at Raby and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them as a filming location. Thank you.”



“Raby Castle has both wonderful, historic interiors and beautiful exteriors, which made it the perfect place for our shoot.  From the stunning old hall, to the deer in the gardens, you couldn’t wish for a better backdrop.  The staff were friendly and bent over backwards to help put our shoot together within a short space of time. Our main point of contact, Sophie, was extremely helpful and ensured everything ran smoothly on the day – always being on hand if needed.  I would not hesitate to recommend Raby Castle for any future event or production.”

-Freelance Production Manager

For all Filming and Location enquiries please email sophie.brown@raby.co.uk

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