Far From The Madding Crowd on location in Dorset

Thomas Vinterberg’s adaptation of Thomas Hardy's novel Far From the Madding Crowd was released in 2015.

Visit some of the filming locations in west Dorset and picture yourself as one of the characters in the book.


Film locations in Sherborne included Sherborne Abbey, Sherborne Castle Castleton Church (St Mary Magdelen), St John’s Almshouse and Abbey Close, the streets of which were transformed into a 1870s market square located in the fictional town of Casterbridge.

Forde Abbey

Forde Abbey’s Great Hall features as the Corn Exchange in the pivotal scene where Bathsheba Everdene first meets William Boldwood.

The stunning former monastery has been sympathetically converted over the centuries from its monastic origins in 1141 to its present day use as a family home. Forde Abbey and its beautiful gardens make an ideal day out.

West Bay, Eype and Durdle Door

The wild, rugged beauty of Dorset’s Jurassic Coast is a popular location with film and TV producers. Many will recognise parts of this iconic stretch of World Heritage coastline from the ITV drama ‘Broadchurch’.

Come and explore, the striking, scenic views of Dorset’s Jurassic Coast are sure to inspire you too.

Mapperton House

The beautiful 17th Century Manor house of Mapperton and its surrounding estate were transformed into ‘Everdene Farm’ for the movie and many primary scenes were filmed here.

It’s clear to see why the film producer (Thomas Vinterberg) instantly fell in love with Mapperton; a glorious harmony of golden sandstone standing in a romantic and unspoiled Dorset combe.

Visitors today can enjoy the beautiful house & gardens and revel in its superb cinematic setting.

Download the leaflet

You can download our Far From the Madding Crowd filming leaflet which includes a location map and further information about this film adaptation. Please note this leaflet is not an Accessible PDF - the text from the leaflet is included on this webpage.  Please contact us if you need this leaflet in an accessible format.

To film it was almost distracting because it was so beautiful. We all just felt like we were in this sort of perfect portrait landscape of Hardy
Carey Mulligan (Bathsheba Everdene)

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