Where is Sanditon filmed?

Regardless of your opinion on ITV's adaptation of Sanditon, it's hard to deny the beauty of the English vistas featured by Andrew Davies. Sanditon itself is a fictional town - an appropriation of the seaside resorts which were gaining popularity in the period - but many of the locations used in Sanditon are local to the Jane Austen Centre in the South West of England.


Shots of the long stretches of sandy beach were filmed in the seaside town of Brean - a Somerset village nestled between Burnham-on-Sea and Weston Super Mare. Brean's name is derived from "Bryn", the Celtic word for hill and has a population of around 600 people. Today, the village is popular with tourists and is home to a leisure park and tropical bird garden. Brean Sands is also a huge pull for land yachting enthusiasts and has played host to the world championships, with some boats reaching 60 miles per hour.


Some twelves miles north of Brean is the seaside town of Clevedon and it is here that much of the external footage was filmed. Clevedon rose to prominence as a resort in the Victorian era, so the producers used special sets and computery wizardry to take some aspects of Clevedon back to the early 19th Century. Today, Clevedon retains much of its period charm with a beautiful Victorian pier reaching out into the sea beside its pebble beach. There's also a Victorian bandstand, a light railway and a marine lake, which is still popular with swimmers and watersports enthusiasts. The jetty close to the pier is also very popular with crabbers at high tide!

Dyrham Park

Doubling for Sanditon House - the home of Lady Denham - is Dyrham Park, a 17th century mansion and parkland located between Bath and Bristol. Filming also took place in Dyrham's grounds with a courtyard behind the greenhouse transformed with carriages and torches (along with a little bit of CGI) to play Sanditon by night. Today, Dyrham Park is a property owned and maintained by the National Trust and is currently undergoing an extensive transformation with vital conservation work being performed on staircases, wall hangings and items in the house's collection. There's still plenty to see there though, and it's a popular same-day visit for visitors to The Jane Austen Centre.

The Bottle Yard Studios

Built in 2010, The Bottle Yard Studios are sited on the formery winery and bottling plant of John Harvey & Sons, and for years was the home of Harvey's Bristol Cream Sherry. This production facility in Whitchurch just outside Bristol is now the biggest in the South West of England. The Bottle Yard Studios has been home to popular UK television drama such as Poldark, Sherlock, Wolf Hall and Broadchurch, as well as blockbuster movies such as Hellboy. Most of the internal location shots for Sanditon were filmed here.