Best National Trust spots used as filming locations for hit movies and TV shows

National Trust properties are known for boasting picturesque estates and grandiose stately homes, offering up a glimpse of that quintessentially British countryside.

Therefore it's no surprise that its properties have been attracting film and TV crews for decades thanks to their beautiful backdrops or grandiose interiors.

We're talking major hits too such as the Harry Potter films, Les Misérables, Downton Abbey and Pride and Prejudice.

In fact, there are a few properties that have proven particularly popular – and now the National Trust has offered a glimpse of the ones that need to be on any film buff's list.

Check out the top 10 National Trust properties worth having on your radar below…

Looking for more? New book National Trust on Screen offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse – you can buy it at the charity's online shop for £9.99.

1. Lacock Abbey and Lacock Village, Wiltshire

Lacock Abbey has strong links to the Wizarding world, having featured in a number of the Harry Potter films as a location for Hogwarts thanks to its intricate architecture – and giant cauldron.

In fact, it re-appeared on the big screen in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald too!

Meanwhile, fans of period dramas may recognise the glamorous estate from hits such as the Downton Abbey Movie and Pride and Prejudice (the one starring Colin Firth).

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2. Osterley Park and House, London

This Georgian mansion was transformed into Wayne Manor in The Dark Knight Rises, and its staircase featured for an emotional speech by Alfred (Michael Caine).

Other scenes include when Catwoman (Anne Hathaway) wanders around the mansion, disguised as a maid.

Oh, and the secret door that leads to the bat cave? It's a real secret door in Osterley's Library.

3. Basildon Park, Berkshire

With its grandiose stately home, beautiful gardens and lavish interiors, it's no surprise that Basildon Park has featured as the swanky setting for many historical hits.

In fact, the 18th century manor has featured in the Christmas special of Downton Abbey, and also provided the ballroom for the dance scene in Pride and Prejudice starring Keira Knightley.

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4. Great Chalfield Manor and Garden, Wiltshire

This 15th century manor house has, unsurprisingly, been a hit for historic productions such as The Other Boleyn Girl and Wolf Hall.

The house remains largely unaltered, and has picturesque landscaped gardens, a pond and even a church.

It featured in Poldark, even though the show was filmed predominantly in Cornwall, serving as Killewarren, the home of wealthy Ray Penvenen and his niece Caroline.

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5. Ashridge Estate, Hertfordshire

With nearly 5,000 acres of beech and oak woodland, it's no surprise that this estate's picture-perfect landscape has provided an ideal backdrop for hit films.

For example, Frithsden Beeches has featured in the likes of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Sleepy Hollow, Les Misérables.

Meanwhile, the cobblestone wall served as the iconic magical border in Stardust – in fact, it also had more fairytale credentials when the nearby woods became the magical forest kingdom in Maleficent (although green screens were used for special effects).

Oh, and it has some major TV credentials too – most recently, having been used as a location for Killing Eve.

6. Ham House and Garden, London

This picturesque 17th century house is located near film studios at Pinewood, Ealing and Shepperton, making it a convenient hotspot – although we imagine the beautiful gardens and lavish interiors help too.

Ham House has featured in plenty of period dramas including The Young Victoria and Anna Karenina – and it's also starred in cult favourites such as Spice World!

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7. Montacute House, Somerset

With its towering walls of glass, beautiful stone exterior and landscaped gardens, Montacute House provided the perfect setting for many historic productions including Wolf Hall and The Libertine.

Fans of Sense and Sensibility may also recognise its tree-lined driveway which Alan Rickman famously charged down on a black horse, or the orangery where he wandered around as his character searched for Marianne.

8. Frensham Little Pond, Surrey

Tucked away Surrey's heathland, this pond was created in the 13th century to serve as a fishing spot for the Bishop of Winchester. Nowadays it' home to a variety of plants and rare birds – and it can make for quite an idyllic backdrop.

Some of its most notable appearances were in Snow White and the Huntsman as well as its sequel, The Huntsman: Winter's War.

9. Knole, Kent

With 1,000 acres of parkland surrounding a former archbishop's palace, this picturesque estate has been used in hits such as The Other Boleyn Girl, while the palace's maze of roofs and chimneys created the illusion of a small town in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.

10. Tredegar House, South Wales

Doctor Who fans need to check out this medieval house, which has starred in 11 episodes of the hit show between 2005 and 2009. Oh, and make sure to keep an eye out for the resident Daleks that can be found on site!

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