Where was Beauty and the Beast filmed? The Castle & ALL the Filming Locations

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The live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast is based on the 1991 Disney animated film, a story as old as time. The movie brings the romance to life using the most advanced technology, blending spectacular CGI with real-world places and actors.

Beauty and the Beast was filmed mostly on the sound stages and backlot at Shepperton Studios in the UK. 27 beautiful and intricate sets were built there. The rooms in the castle of the Beast combine basically French Rococo with other European architectural styles.

Beauty and the Beast castle location

The cast is led by Hollywood stars Emma Watson and Dan Stevens and includes celebrities like Ewan McGregor, Luke Evans, Ian McKellen, Emma Thompson, and Josh Gad.

Let's go behind the scenes to find the real-life places of inspiration and filming locations for this timeless tale, set in 18th century France:

The Beauty and the Beast Castle

Beauty and the Beast filming locations
The floor in the ballroom follows the pattern in the ceiling of Braunau in Rohr Abbey, a Benedictine monastery in Rohr in Niederbayern (Bavaria, Germany).

The big chandeliers are like the ones at the Palace of Versailles in France.
Image courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures

Belle bedroom in the beast palace
Belle’s bedroom is based on the Hall of Mirrors in Nymphenburg Palace (also in Bavaria, Germany).
Image courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures and Allie Caulfield

The castle Library room
The library looks like the Biblioteca Joanina in Coimbra, Portugal.
Image courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures and Patricia Feaster

The Beauty and the Beast Villeneuve Town

The Villeneuve village
The closest place in real life to the fictional town of Villeneuve is the village of Conques in the Aveyron (located in southern France).
Image courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures and Jesús Pérez Pacheco

The town square
The fountain in the main square is inspired by the one in Rothenburg ob der Tauber in Bavaria, Germany.
Image courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures and Allie Caulfield

Beauty and the Beast town set
This is a zoom out of the massive set recreating the village of the Beauty and the Beast, a mix of various French towns.
Image courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures

Gaston on a horse in the forest
Almost the only real filming location out of the soundstages are the hills at Winterfold Forest and Hurtwood, also in Surrey (not far from the studios), and Ivinghoe Beacon in Buckinghamshire.

For further information, we recommend you The Ultimate Guide to Beauty and The Beast, a special edition from Entertainment Weekly including illustrations and info about the castle sets and the art of the movie (sorry, link not available).

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