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.
What places can you spot?
Cinderella Film Locations
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!
#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
#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.
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
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
#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.
#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.
For more information on visiting the Cliveden House or just to check out their swank digs, check out their website here.
#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’.
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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