A Look at Cinderella Film Locations, England #CinderellaEvent

These real-life fairy tale locations will sweep you away into a world of Fairy Godmothers, enchanted carriages, glass slippers, and prince charmings. When I started researching Cinderella film locations it came as no surprise to me to have found them all in England. Given the film’s time period and of course its famous story, I would be shocked to have seen it filmed anywhere outside the British Isles. What did surprise me however, is the attention to detail Disney gave for one of the most classic fairy tales of all time. Now I’m not saying attention to detail is more than par for Disney, I’m saying they outdid themselves. From an English-Baroque palace to the Old Royal Naval College, Disney made sure Cinderella would be getting the ball she deserved. Here you will find a listing of all the awe-inspiring and mostly open to public, Cinderella film locations.

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If you’re wanting to visit these places, all but Pinewood Studios are open to the public! Please explore Visit Britain for your trip planning needs. Also, check out each area’s local Visitors Bureau for more helpful information like special events and seasonal tips. I have included links to each public property so you can make the best of your Cinderella film locations trip!

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Photo by Mrsnappy under the Creative Commons license

#1 Pinewood Studios – Exterior of Castle

Of all the Cinderella film locations this is the one you can’t get into unless you’re special. Sorry friends. Pinewood Studios is a mega big-time film studio with locations world-wide. With a roster of over a thousand blockbusters and televisions series from A Clockwork Orange to Harry Potter, it’s pretty much nerd movie-making headquarters. Currently Pinewood is building phase 2 of their mega studio in Atlanta with Georgia being one of the top 5 production destinations in the USA. With popular TV series like, The Walking Dead and Vampire Diaries and blockbuster films like, Catching Fire, Lawless, X-Men: First Class being filmed in the ATL, Georgia is really becoming the Hollywood of the south.

Source PinewoodGroup.com IMDB.com
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Only the fencing scene was done in the Royal Naval College.

#2 Old Royal Navy College, London – Palace Interior for the Fencing Scene

Established in 1694, the Old Royal Naval College of Greenwich, London is more than breathtaking. With one (if not the) largest painting in all of Europe in its famous Painted Hall, it has been described as ‘the finest dining hall in Europe’. It was originally intended as an eating space for the naval veterans who lived here at the Royal Hospital for Seamen. Its exuberant wall and ceiling decorations are by Sir James Thornhill and pay tribute to British maritime power. The interior of the ORNC is used as the Palace interior for Cinderella.

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Detail of the Painted Hall in the Old Royal Naval College. Photo by Graeme Maclean under the Creative Commons License.

Key Facts from the Royal Naval College Website

  • In 1806, 3 months after the Battle of Trafalgar the previous October, the body of Horatio Nelson was brought to lie in state in the Painted Hall
  • Between 1824 and 1936, it was known as the National Gallery of Naval Art, with over 300 naval-themed paintings on display
  • In 1939, it was used for dining (including breakfast) by the officers of the Royal Naval College
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Inside the Chapel Hall of the Old Royal Naval College. Photo by Nick Garrod under the Creative Commons License.

Fairytale Traveler Tips

  • It’s open to the public and free of charge
  • You can take the tube there from London city center in under a half hour
  • This is very close to the London Excel Center (great for a day trip)
  • For up to date events and opening times click here
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Black Park in Buckinghamshire, England. Photo by Ray Booysen under the Creative Commons License.

#3 Black Park Wexham, Buckinghamshire – Woods

Black Park is a county park open to the public. It has over 500 acres of woodlands, trails and facilities for spending the day out. You’ll find it has paved tracks for bicycling, and even a weekly 5k event. The park is pet friendly, you can even bring your horse! Black Park was used as the woods where the outside of Cinderella’s house was built. For more information on visiting Black Park checkout the Buckinghamshire City Council site here.

 

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Cliveden House Clock Tower in Buckinghamshire photo by Linda Martin under the Creative Commons License.

#4 Cliveden House, Berkshire – Clock Tower

300 years of politics and parties looks like the Cliveden House in Berkshire. For the filmmakers of Cinderella, it looks like the clock tower. The Cliveden House is one of the world’s finest luxury hotels. With a 5 Red Star rating, you are sure to feel like Cinderella in this palace. The house is surrounded by 376 National Trust maintained acres of countryside so you can forget the city life and feel like royalty. Rooms range from GBP 425-2,000. A small price to pay for a night at the ball.

While this is not a Cinderella film location, they used the clock tower as the inspiration for the one in the film. I later found this out during my interview with Director Kenneth Branagh.

The Cliveden House with its clock tower to the left. Photo by Bill Andersen under the Creative Commons License.

The Cliveden House with its clock tower to the left. Photo by Bill Andersen under the Creative Commons License.

For more information on visiting the Cliveden House or just to check out their swank digs, check out their website here.

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Blenheim Palace and Formal Gardens
Residence of the Dukes of Marlborough, Oxfordshire, England (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Photo by Sheila Sund under the Creative Commons License.

 #5 Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire – The Palace

The filmmakers really nailed it when they chose Blenheim Palace. This UNESCO World Heritage site is home to the 12th Duke and Dutchess of Marlborough. It’s known for its pristine 18th century baroque architecture and sits quietly surrounded by 2,000 acres of parkland and formal gardens. One look at this place and you can see exactly why the filmmakers chose it to be ‘the Palace’.

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Blenheim Palace coat of arms. Photo by Scorpions and Centaurs under the Creative Commons License.

There’s a truly fascinating history behind Blenheim Palace as the home and birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. You’ll want to spend the day here. It’s not a place you pop in and out of. The palace is open to the public and there a number of guided tours if that’s your thing. You can walk to parks, explore the gardens, and meander through the palace to see it’s breathtaking baroque architecture and extravagant artwork, furniture and tapestries. For more information on visiting Blenheim Palace check out their website for times and tickets.

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  5. Thanks Christa, a visit to Blenheim is on the cards this weekend as long as the weather stays fair. Only 35 minutes down the road, Whoda thunk it?

    Keep up the good work 🙂

    Danny

    Danny / Reply
  6. There are so many beautiful places to see in the world… I really need to travel more… can’t imagine how people find life boring when there’s still so much to do and see…

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  7. What island or location was used about :35 minutes into the movie?? Thx.

    robertdean / Reply
    • I’ll tell you what, I’ll watch the Blu-Ray and see if I can tell you, but if you can give me more deets on the actual scene I can probably sort it now. I’m on a press trip and away from my TV… and of course my copy lol. If I can gather it are you thinking of the scene in which Ella meets Prince Charming?

  8. ok . I know about the castles which were beautiful but on the carriage ride, the scenes were breathtaking? Where was the carriage ride filmed. thanks mam

    Mary Ann Miller / Reply

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