Where was Grantchester season 7 filmed? Cambridgeshire filming locations - including Red Lion and tea room

This is where season 7 of Grantchester was filmed

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ITV detective drama Grantchester has returned for its seventh season.

The crack crime busting duo of vicar Will Davenport and inspector George Keating will return to the Cambridgeshire village of Grantchester to solve another case.

Season seven will see many of the cast regulars return and will also feature fresh faces, such as Fresh Meat and Call the Midwife star Charlotte Ritchie.

Grantchester was filmed in and around the real life Cambridgeshire villageGrantchester was filmed in and around the real life Cambridgeshire village
Grantchester was filmed in and around the real life Cambridgeshire village

Teasing the new season’s release, Robson Green, who plays Keating, wrote in an Instagram post: “Likeable, charming and incredibly dark at times, this drama is one of those rare hybrids where levity and humour come from the most challenging situations.”

One of the constants of the 1950s crime show through every season has been its setting in the quaint village of Grantchester.

But where is the series actually filmed, and is Grantchester a real place?

Where was Grantchester filmed?

Unlike Dad’s Army’s Walmington-on-Sea, or Parks and Rec’s town of Pawnee, Grantchester is actually a real village.

The sleepy Cambridgeshire village, located a few miles south of Cambridge, has a population of just a little over 500.

But the population will have grown by a fair percentage when the cast and crew returned last year to shoot the new season.

Many of the scenes for the seventh season, as with previous seasons, were actually shot on location in the village - while other parts were shot around other parts of Cambridgeshire.

Because the village is a relatively small place - it has roughly three pubs, and one tea room - it won’t be hard for residents to spot local landmarks in the show.

The Church of St. Andrew & St. Mary, which serves the village’s Christian population, can be spotted as the backdrop to many scenes in each season of the show.

The church is a brilliant mishmash of different historical periods, with a Norman font, 14th century chancel, 15th century tower, and a south aisle which was added in the 19th century.

Opposite the church is the real 300-year-old vicarage, which was used for external shots, whilst internal shooting took places elsewhere in Cambridgeshire.

The vicarage is the subject of a 1912 poem by Rupert Brooke, who had lived in the building for a time.

Curiously, scenes set at the fictional pub named the Red Lion were filmed at another pub called The Windmill, located in Chipperfield - even though there is an actual Red Lion pub in Grantchester.…

Whether the real life Red Lion was named after the fictional pub or vice versa is not clear - Red Lion is one of the most common names for a pub in the UK so it may all be coincidence.

However, one other twist in the tale is that the cast and crew of the show reportedly eat at the Red Lion after shooting, presumably having just completed their scenes at the ‘Red Lion’ in Chipperfield earlier in the day.

Other shooting locations include King’s College campus, which will be instantly recognisable to viewers owing to its gorgeous historic architecture.

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