Welcome to Winherst: Where was Fool Me Once filmed? The house and all the locations

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Set in the fictional town of Winherst, Fool Me Once was primarily filmed in and around Manchester.

The eight-part series is based on the 2016 book of the same name by crime novelist Harlan Coben.

Winherst Fool Me Once

The story follows Maya Stern (played by Michelle Keegan), a former special operations pilot who embarks on a suspenseful journey to uncover the truth about her deceased husband.

The show is part of a deal that Coben signed with Netflix to adapt 14 of his books into series for the streaming service company, including Safe (2018), The Stranger, The Woods (both 2020), The Innocent, Gone for Good (2021), and Stay Close (2022).

Welcome to Winherst and our spoiler-free guide to all the filming locations of Fool Me Once. You'll find the locations more or less in order of appearance.


The Fool Me Once locations

Franklin Biddle Academy
The flashback to a high school in 1996 (the Franklin Biddle Academy) was filmed at Bolton School, located about 15 miles northwest of Manchester.

The modern glass building is the Riley Sixth Form Centre, built in the middle of the old courtyards.

This school was also featured in the The Stranger series.
(You can open all the locations on Google Maps by clicking on the links below in the captions ↴)
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Fool Me Once location
The ruins were filmed at the Liverpool Castle Replica in Rivington, near Chorley in Lancashire.

The replica was commissioned by Lord Leverhulme, a wealthy industrialist, in the early 20th century, based on a conjectural reconstruction of the castle by E. W. Cox in 1892.
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The Fool Me Once house

Fool Me Once house
Farmwood, the Burkett family estate, is actually the historic Arley Hall and Gardens in Cheshire.

This stunning 15th-century manor house is surrounded by the picturesque gardens featured in the series.

Arley Hall has been featured in various films and television shows including Peaky Blinders, Close to the Enemy, and The Great British Bake Off.
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Farmwood Estate
West Gables, located within the Arley Hall Estate, is the famous Arrow House from the Peaky Blinders series.

Built around 1840, this four-bedroom property was on the market in 2019 for £550,000.
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Runway Visitor Park
It is hard to see, but Maya and Joe Burkett (played by Richard Armitage) have the Concorde as a backdrop in this scene.

Concorde was a magnificent supersonic passenger airliner, and one of its surviving units is on display in a hangar at the Runway Visitor Park in Manchester.
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Maya Stern's house
Maya Stern's home is an ugly modern house located in Alderley Edge, Cheshire.

Featuring an expansive open plan ground floor, the lower level of the house hosts a luxurious pool, yoga studio, and fully equipped gym.
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Alexandra Park in Oldham
The park scene was filmed at the Victorian Alexandra Park in Oldham.
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The Winherst town

Winherst
The Winherst Central Police Station is the Ashton Old Baths in Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester.

Looking like a Tuscan Renaissance castle, it was originally constructed in the Victorian era as a public bathhouse.

In recent years, the building underwent extensive renovation and redevelopment to transform it into a modern workspace and business hub.
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Brooklyn Crescent in Cheadle
Maya's brother's home is located at 17 Brooklyn Crescent in Cheadle, in the south of Manchester.

This spacious six-bedroom detached house with a large garden spreads over 4,768 square feet.
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Chepstow House Manchester
The scene where DS Sami Kierce (played by Adeel Akhtar) and Molly (Clara Indrani) meet before to go to take dance lessons was filmed outside the Chepstow House in central Manchester.

The beautiful Canada House is the building that appears in the background.
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Salford Lads Club
But the dance hall was filmed at the Salford Lads Club.

Famous for its red-brick Victorian building, it has served as a center for youth activities since its establishment in 1903.
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The Peveril of the Peak
After class they go for a drink in the pub opposite Chepstow House, The Peveril of the Peak.

This Grade II listed building stands out with its distinctive tiled exterior and Victorian-era architecture.
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Winherst Sports Club
The Winherst Sports Club was filmed at the Monton Sports Club, located in Eccles, Greater Manchester.

Watching this scene, I had a déjà vu: this location also served as the Cedarfield Sports Club in The Stranger.
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Traditional Fish and Chips Restaurant
The Traditional Fish & Chips Restaurant is actually the Gold Medal in Ashton-under-Lyne, a market town in Tameside.
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Player One Arcade Club
The Player One is the Arcade Club in Bury, located 8 miles north-west of Manchester.

This haven for gaming enthusiasts offers a nostalgic and immersive experience with a vast collection of arcade machines and classic gaming consoles from the '80s and '90s.
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Non Terra Sed Aquis
Sami's house is located at 51 Kenwood Road in Stretford.

This four-bedroom semi-detached home has an estimated market value of £640,000.
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Manchester Barton Aerodrome
The airfield where Maya teaches flying lessons is the Manchester Barton Aerodrome.

Also known as City Airport Manchester, it is a general aviation airport located in Barton-upon-Irwell.
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Bimbal
The Bimbal headquarters were filmed at the Alderley Park Conference Centre in Cheshire.

This state-of-the-art venue offers modern facilities and versatile spaces suitable for conferences, meetings, and corporate events.
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Philips Park Cemetery
The graveyard is the Philips Park Cemetery in Miles Platting, Greater Manchester.
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Saint Ann's Church
The church in the fifth episode is Saint Ann's Church in Manchester city centre.
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Castlefield Viaduct pathway
The metallic bridge where Sami goes for a stroll is the Castlefield Viaduct in Manchester.

Originally part of the South Junction and Altrincham Railway, the viaduct served as a vital transport link until changes in railway infrastructure made it redundant.

Today, this mid-19th-century structure stands as a historic landmark, repurposed as an elevated pedestrian pathway, offering stunning views over the surrounding canals and the urban landscape.
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Castlefield area
The spot where the frozen body is found is located just behind the bridge, in the Castlefield area.

Once a thriving industrial hub during the 18th and 19th centuries, Castlefield has transformed into a vibrant urban quarter that beautifully blends history with modernity.
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Crawmond Place
The exterior of the Crawmond Place building in the sixth episode was filmed at Chancery Place, 50 Brown Street.
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3 Hardman Square
The hall is in an office building at 3 Hardman Square in Spinningfields.
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Ducie Street Warehouse
The interior courtyard, however, is another location: the old Ducie Street Warehouse, part of which has been converted into a stylish and contemporary hotel called the Native Manchester.
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Delamere Mano
Christopher Swain mansion is the Delamere Manor in Cheshire.

This luxurious early 18th-century mansion with a picturesque pond is today a popular wedding venue.
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Burtonwood service station
The KFC in the seventh episode is the Burtonwood service station near Warrington on the M62.
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Corn Exchange Manchester
Sami has a peculiar interview with a Buby Burrito employee at the top of the Corn Exchange, featuring awesome views of the Manchester Cathedral.

Originally built in the 19th century, the complex now serves as a shopping centre.
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The Assembly Manchester
This modern building is the Assembly Manchester, a 29-storey tower block of 282 flats at One Cambridge Street.
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Queens Hotel and Pub
The Queens Hotel & Pub in Monsall, North Manchester, was closed down in 2021.
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Winherst General Hospital
The Winherst General Hospital in the sequence taking place a few years later is the MediaCityUK at The Quays.

Home to BBC North, ITV Granada, and other media companies, this is a major entertainment hub.
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4 comments:

1- Anonymous - Jan 14, 2024, 4:37 AM
It was Maya’s sister and brother-in-law’s house, which I believe is located in Bramhall, and not South Manchester as stated here.

2- Anonymous - Jan 21, 2024, 2:25 PM
The first interior shot of Crawmond Place is 3 Hardman Square, a large office building in Spinningfields, not Chancery Place or Ducie Street Warehouse.

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   3- Ra Moon - Jan 22, 2024, 5:22 PM
   Thank you, updated!

4- Anonymous - Feb 17, 2024, 3:16 PM
WOW! You did a great work of research. Very interesting. I liked the series and now I'm glad to know where it was filmed. Thanks a lot!


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