Winchester launches new Wolf Hall tourist trail
As the new BBC adaptation of Wolf Hall grips viewers nationwide, Wintonians may spot a couple of familiar locations in scenes from the well-received Tudor drama.
Several tourist attractions - The Hospital of St Cross, the Great Hall and Winchester Cathedral - feature in the popular series that chronicles the rise of Sir Thomas Cromwell.
And due to the resurgence of interest in local Tudor attractions Winchester City Council and Winchester Area Tourist Guides Association are redeveloping their Tudor trails to meet an expected increase in demand for information from residents and visitors. The free trail will be available to download from www.visitwinchester.co.uk and for collection from next week.
Winchester’s official tourist guides are also offering special Wolf Hall Tudor walking trails that link Tudor landmarks with filming locations. The tours need to be pre-booked and are available on request – either via Winchester Tourist Information Centre or by visiting www.winchestertouristguides.com
Cllr Robert Humby, Leader of Winchester City Council and Portfolio Holder for Tourism, said:
We have seen an increase in film location enquiries in Winchester - with our colleagues at Film Hampshire contacting Council officers regularly with information about the requirements of film companies. In addition to Wolf Hall, we have also had Benedict Cumberbatch spotted filming The Hollow Crown and before that Les Miserables was shot in College Street starring Russell Crowe. We’re delighted that the destination is becoming a location of choice for so many film companies. It supports our tourist attractions and also reflects the fact that our well-preserved cityscape is both beautiful to look at and a lasting legacy of the past.
Catriona Morley, Clerk and General Manger of the Hospital of St Cross, added:
When we were approached by the BBC regarding the filming of Wolf Hall we were only too pleased to help. The Hospital’s gardens were used for key archery scenes with Clare Foy and filming with Damian Lewis and Mark Rylance. Being involved in a project like this is a reminder of just how much history this medieval almshouse has witnessed – Philip II of Spain stayed here on the way to his wedding with Mary Tudor. We have had so much interest in the site since the filming which helps us spread the message about what we have to see and do here.
Journey out of the city to discover yet more interesting places relating to the Tudor period including Bishop’s Waltham Palace, Mottisfont Abbey and Portsmouth, home to Henry VIII’s ill-fated ship, the Mary Rose.