Did you know Gentleman Jack was filmed in Yorkshire? Who’s been watching the new BBC Drama Gentleman Jack? If not where have you been!? The BBC drama written by the formidable Sally Wainwright has become a big hit not only in the UK but across the pond in America as the series first broadcast on HBO.
The Sunday night show was based around the diaries of Anne Lister, an iconic and pioneering landowner who pushed the boundaries of femininity during the early 1800s. The diaries contained details on her industrial activates, her on-going work to improve the Shibden estate and her, at the time, controversial homosexual relationships.
The majority of the hit television show was filmed in and around the wonderful Yorkshire countryside, from marvellous stately homes to the very famous Shibden Hall – that’s right the home of the real Anne Lister herself.
So if you’re staying at our very own Yorkshire resort, the Kilnwick Percy Resort & Golf Club soon, then here are a list of some of our top Gentleman Jack filming locations that you have to include into your visit of Yorkshire!
Lister’s Road, Halifax, HX3 6XG
Shibden Hall dates back to 1420 and the tour of this marvellous historic building will give visitors an insight into those who have previously lived in the hall including Anne Lister between the years of 1791 and 1840. The barn opposite Shibden Hall is also open and shows different crafts that were relevant during the times including blacksmiths, saddlers and much more.
The home of Anne Lister is currently one of the most popular filming destinations and due to this its opening hours have recently had to be extended due to popularity.
Full opening hours can be found on the Shibden Hall website.
Entry: £5 per adult/family ticket (2 adults and 2 children) are £14.00
Sutton-on-the-Forest, York, YO61 1DP
Sutton Park is a Georgian house located 8 miles north of York and just over 40 minutes from The Kilnwick Percy Resort.
Said to be built in the 18th century by Thomas Atkinson, Sutton Park is now the family home of Sir Reginald Sheffield and Lady Sheffield who have owned the property since 1963. It recently featured in the BBC drama as the home of Anne Lister’s love interest Ann Walker.
Entry for House and Garden: £7.50 per adult and £5 per child.
Visit the Sutton Park website for further details on opening times
Castlegate, York, YO1 9RN
Take a trip to the Fairfax House in the heart of York for a chance to view and walk around a traditional Georgian property. The inside of the building has all been kept as it would have looked during the period and the interior rooms were also used during the Gentleman Jack filming process.
Entry: £7.50 per adult and family tickets (2 adults, 3 children) are £17.50.
Visit the website for more details on the opening times of Fairfax House
holy trinity church
70 Goodramgate, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 7LF
This stunning historical church dates back to the fifteenth century and is not far from York Minister. It’s quirky and has lots of character and is tucked just behind Goodramgate street which is said to be one of the busiest shopping areas of York – so it really is in heart of the city.
This church was used for filming the final scenes of the final episode of Gentleman Jack where Anne and Ann take Holy Communion together as an act of their (unofficial) marriage.
harewood house & estate
Sandy Gate, Harewood, Leeds LS17 9LE
The interior settings of Harewood House and Estate aren’t actually used in the filming of Gentleman Jack but its grounds apparently were for the Southolm Farm scenes.
However, another popular television series ITV’s Victoria which stars Jenna Coleman as Queen Victoria and Tom Hughes as Prince Albert does film in various locations inside the house.
Entry: £15 per adult and family tickets (2 adults and 2 children) are £40. If tickets are bought online prior to arrival there is a 10% discount available via their website
If you haven’t seen the epic BBC Drama Gentleman Jack you can catch some of the episodes over on the BBC iPlayer today!