Emmerdale - The Tour & NEW Studio Experience breaks now on sale!
When: Throughout the year
Locations visited: Harewood House, the Studio Experience in Leeds OR Yorkshire Dales, Esholt, Otley (previous filming locations)
Emmerdale tours are proving to be extremely popular as fans of TV series fall in love with the characters and wish to visit the places featured on screen. 'Emmerdale' filming location tours are no exception with thousands of people descending upon the newly opened set in the grounds of the Harewood House Estate and the former filming location in Esholt, Yorkshire. NEW for 2016, Emmerdale - The Studio Experience at which visitors can enjoy full-scale set reconstructions and more.
Emmerdale – The Tour
The new ‘Emmerdale – The Tour’ attraction first opened its doors to the public in 2015, allowing visitors to tread the tarmac and enjoy a fully guided tour of the fictional village. Visitors can see the stone clad homes and shops nestled amongst the rolling Yorkshire hills and see familiar haunts including Home Farm, The Woolpack, the Church and Bob’s Café.
Emmerdale – The Studio Experience
New for 2016, the Emmerdale Studio Experience allows fans to get even closer to their favourite soap. The tour allows visitors to enjoy full-scale set reconstrictions, hear about past storylines and tales from behind the scenes and more.
Emmerdale Filming Location Tours
Original location filming of 'Emmerdale' took place in the village of Arncliffe in Littondale which is one of the less visited valleys of the Yorkshire Dales. In 1976, as more and more people began to realise where filming took place, they decided to move to Esholt where it remained for 22 years. This beautiful village soon became a tourist attraction with fans from all over the world descending on Esholt to see the villages and to have a drink in the village pub which was formerly The Commercial Hotel and was renamed The Woolpack Inn. Esholt is one of the many places you will visit when you join an 'Emmerdale' filming location tour, where if there is time, you can have a drink in The Woolpack.
The majority of location footage also takes place in areas of West Yorkshire such as the fictional market town of 'Hotten' which is actually shot in Otley located on the outskirts of Leeds. The beautiful town of Otley is another location that you will be able to visit on 'Emmerdale' filming location tours. Since 1998, filming for 'Emmerdale' takes place on a purpose-built closed set on the Harewood Estate.
Tours start from only £175 per person and each 'Emmerdale' filming location tour package includes: return coach travel, accommodation, meals and an exciting touring itinerary.
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What you need to know about your ‘Emmerdale’ Location Tour
What do I wear?
You will predominantly be exploring the countryside so good footwear is a necessity. You may also need waterproofs, maybe wellies and warm clothing unless you visit when the British weather is behaving itself!
What to take with you?
A camera so you can take snaps of yourself by the various famous locations. A brolly just in case the heavens open.
Will I be visiting the actual set?
Unfortunately, as filming now takes place on a closed set, you will be visiting the original locations dotted around West Yorkshire such as the market towns of Otley and Esholt.
What will I see on the tour?
Most of the outdoor filming of ‘Emmerdale’ took place in Esholt between 1976 and 1996. ‘The Woolpack’ and surrounding cottages are still instantly recognisable. You’ll then continue to Otley which featured as ‘Hotton’ in the TV series. Most tours also feature visits to Holmfirth (the setting for ‘Last of the Summer Wine’) and Goathland which was used as ‘Aidensfield’ in ‘Heartbeat’.
Will there be opportunities to explore?
You will have the chance to get off the coach on several occasions to stretch your legs, take pictures and see the locations up close.
Are there any catering facilities?
There are plenty of pubs, restaurants and cafes in both Otley and Esholt. You can also nip into the Inn formerly ‘The Woolpack’ for a pint if there is time. Should you wish, you could also pack a small picnic if you’re looking to save some pennies!
Can I take photos?
Yes you can but those that are taken must be for personal use only.
When is the best time to visit?
With the Dales it is the luck of the draw where the weather is concerned, it could snow, rain or be brilliant sunshine – you can never tell! April/May are nice months to visit as spring is in full bloom. Summer should be hot & sunny but it can also be a washout. Might be best to avoid autumn & winter as the weather really does turn nasty!
What if I am in a wheelchair?
There is a fair amount of walking required especially if you wish to explore the locations featured in ‘Emmerdale’. The Yorkshire Dales can be quite uneven so if you’re unsteady on your pins, it might be best to avoid this tour or remain on the coach when others are exploring.
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Address: The Yorkshire Dales, Esholt, Otley
How to get there: All coach packages will include transfers directly to the venue. The dales are on the outskirts of Leeds and are easily accessible to cars by taking the A65 or A6038. The nearest train station is Guiseley, however it is a 30 minute walk so it may be advisable to take a taxi.