visit the film locations
Hatfield House tel: 01707.262823, admission charge (rail: Stevenage, from London King’s Cross)
The even darker sequel, Batman Returns, was filmed entirely on studio sets. The next two films in the franchise Batman Forever and Batman and Robin taken over by Joel Schumacher, were filmed in the US.
Batman location: ‘Wayne Manor’: Knebworth House, Hertfordshire
Tim Burton’s ‘Gotham City’, a nightmare fantasy of New York, was actually built in England.
The late Anton Furst’s set covered most of the 18 soundstages at Pinewood Studio.
It also provided gloomy Gothic mansions for, among others, the Ingrid Bergman Oscar-winner Anastasia (where it was passed off as the palace of the Dowager Empress of Denmark), Ken Russell's kitschy Lair of the White Worm (with a pre-stardom Hugh Grant), Gene Wilder's Haunted Honeymoon and the deliriously daft schlocker Horror Hospital, starring Alfred himself, Michael Gough.
Batman location: ‘Wayne Manor’ interior: Hatfield House, Hatfield, Hertfordshire
The interiors are Hatfield House, Hatfield, a Jacobean pile seen in the turgid Greystoke, the Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (where it became the interior of Scotland's Floors Castle), the film of Virginia Woolf's gender-shifting fantasia, Orlando, and of course as the mansion of Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, among many others.
The gaming room, where Vicki Vale (Kim Basinger) asks “Who’s Bruce Wayne?”, was filmed in the house’s Long Gallery; Wayne’s arsenal, with its two-way mirror, was shot in the Marble Hall, and the book-lined study, where Alfred (Michael Gough) advises Bruce Wayne to get married, is the Library. Tim Burton returned to Hatfield to film scenes for Charlie And The Chocolate Factory.
The ‘Axis Chemical Works’, where Jack Napier (Jack Nicholson) plunges into the chemical sludge, was filmed at a disused power station in Acton Lane, West London – where scenes for Alien and most of Aliens were filmed. The exploding exterior was Little Barford Power Station, a couple of miles south of St Neots in Cambridgeshire.