Where was Stay Close Filmed? Guide to ALL the Filming Locations

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Stay Close was primarily filmed in Blackpool and Manchester in the northwest of the United Kingdom.

The psychological thriller is set in the fictional towns of Livingstone and Ridgewood in England, although the series is based on a Harlan Coben novel taking place in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Where was Stay Close Filmed

The eight-episode show is part of a deal that author Harlan Coben signed with Netflix to adapt 14 of his books as series for the streaming service company. Safe (2018), The Stranger, The Woods (both 2020), The Innocent, and Gone for Good (2021) are also part of this deal.

British actress Cush Jumbo (known for her roles in The Good Wife and The Good Fight) stars as former stripper Cassie / Megan Pierce. Richard Armitage, who previously also starred in The Stranger series, plays Ray Levine and James Nesbitt (Cold Feet) is police detective DS Michael Broome.

Congratulations. You’ve made it to the ultimate guide to Stay Close’s filming locations. We have (almost) everything right here.

Stay Close locations

Livingstone England
The fictional town of Livingstone is an amalgam of locations, but most of the establishing shots were filmed in Blackpool.

The Central Pier, pictured here, appears several times in Stay Close.

The series always hides the iconic red steel Blackpool Tower from all scenes, including the Carnival Mardi Gras opening sequence, which was filmed on the city's famous seafront.
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The Vipers Club

Vipers club
The key location of the series is the lap-dancing Vipers club, where Megan used to work as Cassie.

According to the local outlet Formby Bubble, the production recorded exterior scenes at the old Shorrocks Hill Country Club site, in February 2021.

Abandoned since 2015, this health club and spa is located in Formby (Merseyside), just about 13 miles north of Liverpool. This small town is surrounded by pinewoods and a large sand dunes beach with plenty of wildlife.
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Stay Close Vipers
However, Manchester Evening News reported that the interior of the Vipers nightclub was filmed at the Impossible bar and restaurant in Manchester.
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Ruins at Vipers nighclub
A local website revealed in an interview with location manager Mark O'Hanlon that the ruins near the club were filmed on a privately owned farm in Chorley, a town in Lancashire.
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Stay Close bridge
The spectacular bridge, representing Megan passing between her past and present life, is the Silver Jubilee Bridge in Halton.

Connecting Widnes and Runcorn over the River Mersey, this formidable structure was opened in 1961, although it seems out of Gustave Eiffel's era.
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Stay Close statue
The weird white-head sculpture, where Megan and Ray used to meet, is the Dream Sculpture in St Helens on the M62, halfway between Liverpool and Manchester.

Designed by Catalan artist Jaume Plensa in 2009, this landmark is 66 feet high and has a small hideout room inside.
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Stay Close house
Megan and Dave Shaw's house is located at 7 Springdale Gardens in Didsbury (Manchester). Sarah Green’s house is just around the corner.

This is a private home. If you are visiting, please do not trespass on the property or do anything else that might disturb the residents.
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The Refuge bar
In the first episode, Megan is celebrating her hen party at The Refuge, an elegant dining room on Oxford Street in central Manchester.
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Stay Close police station
The Greater Livingstone Police Station, looking like a twisted lego or a Google HQ, is the New Lancashire Constabulary West Division Police Headquarters in Blackpool.

The 10,000 square metre and three-storey building located near the M55 motorway was designed in 2018 by McBains Architects.
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Del Flynn house
The modern Flynn home is House 780, a 5,000 square feet villa located in the Conservation Area of Halebarns in Manchester.

Built in 2006, the house is formed by two blocks, set at different levels, surrounded by the Cheshire landscape.
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Beach House Bistro and Bar
The bar mitzvah scene was filmed at the Beach House Bistro and Bar near Blackpool Tower.

After walking along Blackpool's promenade, Ray is assaulted almost two miles away, under the rollercoaster at Blackpool Pleasure Beach.
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Northern Lawn Tennis Club
The scene of the tennis match was filmed at the Northern Lawn Tennis Club in West Didsbury, Manchester.
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Wer einmal lügt drehorte
Ray's house with the giant octopus is located at 130 Stamford Street Central in Ashton-under-Lyne, a town situated about 6 miles east of Manchester.

According to Google Maps, the Manchester Model Railways shop used to be hosted here.
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Pokusevski Heaton Moor
Megan meets Lorraine (played by Sarah Parish) at Pokusevski's Delicatessen and Cafe at 13 Shaw Road in the Heaton Moor area of Stockport.

The Marchall and Carver Lawyers office was filmed at Media City UK in Salford.
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Hannibal's Animals
Megan's lawyer Harry Sutton (played by Eddie Izzard) lives in the former pet shop Hannibal's Animals.

These scenes were filmed in an old carpet store at 161 Stamford Street in Ashton-under-Lyne.
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Imperial Hotel Blackpool
The Imperial Hotel from the second episode is a luxurious Victorian complex, established in 1867, in Blackpool's North Promenade.

Lorraine Griggs’ seafront flat is located in a building at 240a Marine Road Central in Morecambe.
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Bonny Street Burger Bar
Also in the second episode, Ray leaves the photographs in a parked police car near the Bonny Street Burger Bar in Blackpool, which doubled as the Crossferry Street Burger Bar. Once again, the tower is hidden from the shot.

The lake of Carlton Flynn's car scene was filmed in a hotel with a private lake in Nunsmere, Northwich.
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wo wir Wer einmal lügt gedreht
The fictional Oneida Park Residential care home is actually a £3.75m mansion in Halsall, West Lancashire.

This detached former church rectory is a five-bedroom home surrounded by 4.5 acres of land.
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The Beach Cafe in Morecambe
The Beach Cafe where Erin Cartwright (played by Jo Joyner) grabs a sandwich in the fourth episode is located on Marine Road in Morecambe's West End.
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The Feathers hotel
The Top End Bar at 134-136 Stamford Street Central in Ashton-under-Lyne, next to the Feathers hotel, doubled as the Pool Bar where Ray's friend Fester (Youssef Kerkour) works.
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Fourways Prison
In episode five, the Army Reserve Centre, a military recruiting office in Bury, served as the Fourways Prison in Livingstone.
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The Edwardian Manchester Hotel
David's stag party in episode six was shot at the five-star The Edwardian Manchester Hotel, housed in the Free Trade Hall on Peter Street.

The pub was filmed at the Printworks entertainment area, also located in the center.

The piano performance was recorded at Manchester's Stoller Hall, the new concert hall which opened in 2017.
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The Pink Poirots
Director Lindy Heymann revealed to Radio Times that the cabin in the woods of the dancing murderers Ken and Barbie (played by Poppy Gilbert and Hyoie O'Grady respectively) is a traditional Canadian cabin built at Knowsley Safari Park, a private-owned estate near Liverpool.
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Where is the beach house in Stay Close?

Stay Close beach house
The safe house is the Shore Cottage on the high water line at Thurstaston Beach, a village on the Wirral Peninsula, located west of Liverpool in Merseyside.
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Stay Close location
Brian Goldberg's house in episode seven is an impressive manor built in 1898, located on the corner of Wood Road and College Road in Whalley Range (Manchester).
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Ridgewood school
The Tab tracked down the location of the final wedding scene recorded at Arley Hall and Gardens in Cheshire, a historic 19th-century country house.
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1- Anonymous - Feb 13, 2023, 12:16 PM
The park in the first episode was the dream in Sutton manor St.Helens, Merseyside.

2- Anonymous - Mar 21, 2023, 12:46 PM
In episode two, when ‘Cassie’ is on the phone with her daughters asking if her son was on the school bus, she is standing outside the entrance to Touchstones in Rochdale, which was formerly the town’s main lending library until about 1990.

3- Anonymous - Sep 24, 2023, 12:50 PM
The area where the dancing couple took the body is Healey Dell Nature Reserve in Rochdale.

4- Anonymous - Feb 6, 2024, 7:57 AM
Excellent comprehensive location information. Much appreciated.


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