Kent Opens Tudor Heritage Trail

Film and TV fans can download a new guide to 28 sites in Kent that have appeared in or inspired Tudor-themed productions.

Since 2006 the productions are thought to have generated around £50 million for the local economy.

The heritage trail coincides with the release of BBC Two's The Hollow Crown: The War of the Roses, a large portion of which was filmed in Kent.

The three-part series, an adaptation of Shakespeare's Henry VI Part One, Henry VI Part Two and Richard III stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Judi Dench and Hugh Bonneville.

Many of Cumberbatch's key scenes for Richard III were shot on location in Kent - including the famous opening soliloquy on the moat of Leeds Castle, and interior and exterior scenes at Dover Castle and Penshurst Place.

Visit Kent chief executive Sandra Matthews-Marsh MBE said: "Whether you are a history lover, a film buff or you're just crazy about Cumberbatch, we hope this new guide will inspire you to discover The Garden of England's glitzy, gory and glorious film heritage.

"Not only can you visit your favourite period locations frequented by the likes of Benedict Cumberbatch and Scarlett Johansson, but you can also spend the night there! Leeds Castle, Dover Castle and Hever Castle all offer unique accommodation, so visitors can truly lose themselves in Kent's cinematic past.

"We hope this new guide by Kent Film Office will further inspire people to visit Kent and the gorgeous locations that have dazzled them on screen."

The Tudor(ish) Trail was created by the Kent County Council Film Office, in collaboration with Visit Kent, Explore Kent, Produced in Kent and the attractions featured.

The Film Office supports dozens of big and small screen productions in Kent every year, which have brought in an estimated £25 million of direct spend - £50 million in wider economic benefits - to the Kent economy since its formation in 2006.

Other Kent film themed trails include Austen, Bond, Dickens and the Darling Buds of May, as well as the Kent Movie Map which details more than 200 productions filmed across nearly 300 Kent locations.

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