The Magnificent Beauty and the Beast Filming Locations and Sets

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The live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast is based on the 1991 Disney's 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.

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.

Beauty and the Beast was filmed mostly on the sound stages and backlot at Shepperton Studios in UK (the same place where you can find the real Hotel Bella Donna location from Mamma mia). 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. Let's go behind the scenes to find the real life places of inspiration for this timeless tale, set in 18th century France:

Where was Beauty and the Beast filmed?

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 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 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.
Image courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures

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For further information we recommend to have a look to 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.

Also here is a link to the great Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. There is also available this collection of 16 posters from the picture:

magazine soundtrack posters

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