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The Tudors is an Irish/Canadian co-production filmed 80% at Ardmore Studios in Bray, Co. Wicklow, Ireland and 20% at various locations like Dublin City, Dublin Castle, Kilmainham Jail, Phoenix Park and Lord Meath's estate at Killruddery House.

Behind the scenes
Locations: All four seasons of "The Tudors" used Ardmore Studios, Luggala, Killruddery House and Gardens, Christchurch Cathedral in Dublin, Christ Church, Humewood Castle, Swords Castle, Drimnagh Castle and Powerscourt Estate in County Wicklow, Ireland for locations throughout the summers of 2006 through 2009

County Wicklow, dubbed the "Garden of Ireland," lies on the eastern edge of the country, bordering the Irish Sea. The green, rolling hills are prized not only as scenery, but also for being conducive to walking, hunting, fishing, horseback riding and other sporting activities.


Ardmore Studios
- Situated in Bray, Co. Wicklow, just 12 miles south of Dublin, Ardmore Studios is ideally placed to draw on the many suppliers and services Ireland's bustling capital has to offer. Yet thanks to its position at the gateway to one of Ireland's most scenic regions, the studios are also ideally positioned to enjoy easy access to literally dozens of different film locations.

"We were contacted by Mel Gibson's people, who said they had a wonderful time making Braveheart in Ireland, and gave us contact numbers. So we made a few calls, the Irish army volunteered their services, and we were able to make our movie."
Steven Spielberg (Director Saving Private Ryan)

"I've worked at every major studio in America (Paramount, Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox, etc.) and in Europe (Shepperton, Pinewood, Cinecitta, etc., etc.). I made my first film at Ardmore Studios (Excalibur), returned there to do Into The West. It is in my opinion, on a par with any of the above. It's proximity to Dublin, a myriad of diverse locations, facilities and first rate crews, make it Grade A. It's track record over the years speaks for itself. Unhesitatingly, I would recommend it as a first class studio." Gabriel Byrne (Actor/Director)


"I have been making films at Ardmore since 1969. I keep going back. There is no other studio in the world that combines efficient facilities with a range of locations - mountains, lakes, rivers, sea scapes, forest - close at hand."
John Boorman, (Director, The Tailor of Panama)

"I've worked in Dublin now for four years - almost every year now I do something in Dublin, mainly out of Ardmore Studios in Bray and I love working here 'cause the Irish actors and Irish crew are very similar to the Scots. They like to laugh before they walk on set, they like to enjoy their work, they're very passionate about it."
Peter Mullan (The General, Magdelene)

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Killruddery House - Home to the Brabazon Family (the Earls of Meath) since 1618, Killruddery House is the most successful Elizabethan-Revival mansion in Ireland and also one of the earliest. Its uniqueness in having one of the most extensive early formal gardens, still in its original style, surviving in Ireland, largely laid out in the 17th century and added to in the 19th century.
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Kilruddery house
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Lord and Lady MeathSerena Brabazon with Lord Meith
Lady Xenia Meath and Lord Meath of Killruddery house ...and with his daughter Serena Brabazon
who portrays Nan Saville in the Series

Dublin Castle, which is a major Irish governmental complex, doubles as the Vatican.Built between 1208 and 1220, this complex represents some of the oldest surviving architecture in the city, and was the centre of English power in Ireland for over seven centuries, until it was taken of by the Irish Free State in 1922. Highlights include the 13th-century record tower, the largest visible fragment of the original Norman castle and the State Apartments, once the residence of English viceroys and now the focal point for government ceremonial functions, including the inauguration of Ireland's presidents.
Dublin Castle
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Powerscourt estate in Enniskerry, which is owned by the Slazenger family (since 1961),
is one of the locations used for filming "The Tudors". It is renowned for its magnificent gardens,
the highest waterfall in Ireland & an 18-hole championship golf course within the 1000-acre estate.

It was originally an important strategic site for the
Anglo- Normans who came to Ireland in the late 12th century.
By the year 1300 a castle had been built & was in the possession of the Le Poer (Power) family.
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The house has been used as a filming location for "The Count of Monte Cristo" (2002),
"David Copperfield" (2000), Stanley Kubrick's "Barry Lyndon" (1974) & "Where's Jack" in 1969.
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Powerscourt
Humewood Castle, Kiltegan is located in Ireland's Wicklow Mountains & was designed by English architect William White in 1867 for William Wentworth Fitzwilliam Hume Dick. The residence (with 440 acres) was recently bought by German-born businesswoman, socialite & polo devotee Renata E. Coleman bought the crumbling manse at auction for less than £1 million. (Its market value is now estimated at over £21 million). Humewood Castle lies 45 miles south of Dublin, at the foot of the Wicklow Mountains,The Spice Girls & actors Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston, John Travolta & Winona Ryder have all reportedly bedded down at Humewood. Humewood was featured in an Architectural Digest spread, & was the setting for Laws of Attraction, a film starring Pierce Brosnan & Julianne Moore, & for ABC's television movie, Prince William.
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Drimnagh Castle (the "gh" is silent), is a Norman Castle located in Drimnagh, a suburb of Dublin.
It is the only remaining castle in Ireland with a flooded moat around it. A number of movies & TV productions
have been filmed at Drimnagh Castle, most notably 'The Abduction Club' 2002 Ella Enchanted' 2004,
Excalibur & The Tudors in 2007 & 2008
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LEFT: Staircase to the Moat, which doubles as Traitors Gate. RIGHT: An interior picture. The interior was used as Hever Castle.
The great hall

Mark Hildreth who playes Reginald Pole - a vlog of his time at Drimnagh




Christchurch Cathedral, Dublin - Exterior & Interior
11th-century cathedral established by the Viking king of Dublin. The cathedral has historical ties to the Tudors,
it was here that the pretender Lambert Simnel was crowned king of England. Despite the Reformation,
Christchurch received funds from Edward VI and Mary I.

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Right: Ambassador Chapuys meets with the "mysterious assassin" William Brereton

Christ Church in Bray, County Wicklow
Only a mile from Ardmore Studios, this church was built in the late 1800's
and is said to have the finest bells in Ireland.
Christ Church in Bray, Co. Wicklow


Luggala Estate- a unique and special place situated in 5,000 acres in the stunning Wicklow Mountains,
just 28 miles from Dublin. It was also also known as the Guinness Estate as it was owned by wealthy arts patron
Garech Browne, a member of the Guinness family. However,in September 2007,
it was reported that Michael Jackson
had purchased the estate, which includes a mountain,
for €20 million, after an extended three month stay there earlier in the year.

The estate has been used as the location of some major films, including "Zardoz" & "Excalibur"
“Luggala isn’t so much an estate as a kingdom, a veritable Middle Earth of heather-covered
mountains, silvery waterfalls and lakes, emerald forests and meadows.” W Magazine
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(Left) a view of Luggala Lake taken by "Brother Martin" Mart Gorman AKA gormorocks (on the wiki)
Luggala - Henry races to see his new Queen Anne of Cleves

is situated in the centre of the ancient town of Swords about 15 Km north of Dublin City.
The castle was built over a period of 400 years starting before 1200 AD.
Swords Castle
Swords Castle

Kilmainham Jail, Dublin where several executions were filmed.
A former prison built in 1796 which is now a museum run by the Irish Government.
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Phoenix Park, Dublin - located to the west of the city center is one of the largest city parks in Europe. With a circumference of 7 miles and a total area of 1,760 acres, It is made up of open grasslands, tree-lined avenues, ornamental gardens, lakes and nature trails. The park is also home to a herd of wild deer. Dublin Zoo is located within the park. Also within the park grounds is a 206-ft obelisk in memory of the Duke of Wellington who was born in Dublin in 1769 and the Phoenix Monument located in the very center of the park. The Phoenix Park Visitor Center is at Ashtown Castle, a medieval tower house that is thought to date back to the 17th century, and now houses an exhibition about the history and wildlife of the park.
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The Royal Hospital - Kilmainham, Dublin

The Royal Hospital Kilmainham in Kilmainham, Dublin is one of the finest 17th-century buildings in Ireland.
Built in 1684 by Sir William Robinson although the styling is French after Les Invalides in Paris,
there is a Tudor gateway at the end of the long avenue.
The Royal Hospital is currently an Irish Modern Art Museum and is open to the public.
The Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin
The courtyard at the Royal Hospital, was used in the opening scene of The Tudors, season 1 episode 1,
where the English Ambassador in Italy alights from his carriage.





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Hehewuti Tudors filming at Christchurch 0 Sep 2 2011, 11:19 AM EDT by Hehewuti
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The Tudors was filming in Christchurch when I was working in a organisation very close by. When walking home a regular sight would be a lot of extras in costumes coming to or from the Jurys Inn Hotel across the road from Christchurch. That was what peaked my interest in the show to begin with. Then about a year later I was attending college that was again just down the road from Christchurch...it was a media studies course and many a time we students would say that perhaps we should go check it out as a class to see if we could learn anything. The tutors never went for it for some reason......
MsSquirrly Camelot Cancelled - Ardmore studios is available again 4 Aug 5 2011, 3:06 PM EDT by ladyfraidy
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Sad news, 'the Tudors' team which has been working on the 'Camelot' series 1 won't be continuing with series 2. But according to this business news article, they are fairly confident that with the success of The Tudors, they will be working again soon.

http://www.4rfv.co.uk/industrynews.asp?id=129957
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MsSquirrly Michael Jackson's connection to The Tudors 11 Nov 19 2010, 2:50 PM EST by Imponthenet
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Did you know that Michael Jackson owned one of the most beautiful castles and estates in Ireland called Luggala Estate which has been used a lot in the filming of The Tudors? Check it out here : http://tudorswiki.sho.com/page/The+Tudors+Set+Locations

He and his 3 children stayed there on a vacation and loved it so much that he bought it in 2007.
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