It is the stunning mansion house that Tommy Shelby calls home in the hit BBC drama Peaky Blinders – and now fans of the show can get a peak inside for themselves.
Stately home Arley Hall in Cheshire has been used as Tommy’s manor for the past three series of the period drama, which follows the fortunes of the Birmingham gangster family. And later this month the venue is throwing open its grand doorways for guests to visit.
Arley Hall’s gardens are open throughout the year for guests to pay to visit, but the mansion itself is only open to the public on select dates throughout the year.
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Bosses at the mansion house have now revealed that fans of the show will get their chance to visit over the weekend of March 26 and 27, just as the BBC show will be edging towards the dramatic finale of series six. The hall will next open again to the public during the Easter week, open from Saturday April 9 – Tuesday April 12.
The hall, nestled in acres of countryside between Lymm and Northwich in Cheshire, was first chosen to feature in the BBC drama back in November 2015. It became the perfect setting for the character of Tommy, played by Cillian Murphy, representing his rise up the social ranks from his humble beginnings in Small Heath in Birmingham to wealthy gang bosses.
Hollywood star Cillian – who has starred in The Dark Knight trilogy, Dunkirk and Inception – is among the show’s leading stars who have spent weeks filming at Arley in recent years, with many of the most dramatic scenes that have both opened and closed series 3, 4, and 5 taking place there.
Much-loved Peaky Blinders actress Helen McCrory, also filmed many of her most iconic scenes as Aunt Polly in the show at Arley Hall, before her untimely death in April 2021 aged just 52.
The Peaky Blinders cast and crew were back at Arley Hall to film series 6 during the summer of 2021, when lockdown restrictions allowed.
It has been home to Tommy Shelby since series 3 when he memorably welcomed nemesis Alfie Solomons – played by Tom Hardy – into his study. Their scene was one of the highlights of that series, as was the season climax that saw the family arrested and Tommy silhouetted in the doorway of Arley’s dining room.
The Hollywood actors returned to Arley to film scenes for series 4, 5 and now 6 – where the eagerly-anticipated series opened up with Tommy seen prowling into his grounds.
The new series has seen more scenes than ever filmed here in the north west, while the action remains mostly set in Birmingham’s Small Heath in the 1930s, with the country on the brink of war.
But for series six, Small Heath was recreated in and around the waterways of Castlefield in Manchester city centre, including the exterior of the famous Garrison pub and a whole China Town area. Many of the interior filming scenes were shot at West Gorton’s Space Studios.
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But Arley Hall is one of the main locations that people can truly get to experience the Peaky Blinders ambience inside – with the stately home’s rich interiors like the library used to great effect in the drama.
Visitors can only buy tickets to enter the Hall itself when buying tickets to visit the gardens on the weekends of Saturday 26th – Sunday 27th March then Saturday 9th – Tuesday 12th April.
Entry to the Hall will be from 10am – 4pm (last entry 3.30pm). Adult £6, Child (4-16) £2, Family (2 adults & up to 3 children) £15. No need to book.
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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.