The new Wonka film spent several weeks filming in Bath in late 2021, and we have the list of filming locations for you right here!

Featuring Timothée Chalamet in the lead role as a young Willy Wonka, the film also stars Olivia Colman, Hugh Grant, Matt Lucas and Rowan Atkinson.

Willy Wonka stood with umbrellas
Credit: Warners Bros Pictures

Wonka has its general release in UK cinemas from 8 December 2023, so if you're planning a festive trip to the movies, here are the bits of Bath you'll be able to spot in some key scenes...

Bath Abbey

Onlookers enjoyed an exciting view of the cast and some vintage cars for scene being filmed alongside Bath Abbey, complete with some atmospheric artificial snow!

If you're keen to learn about more filming locations nearby, many of the city's guided walks come through this part of town, including various Bridgerton tours and Brit Movie Tours

Wonka filming Bath Abbey
Credit: Jamie Bellinger 

Parade Gardens 

The picturesque riverside Parade Gardens hosted not just filming but also some of the production offices for the crew. Keep your eyes peeled during the film for some misty shots of this part of the city, with Bath Abbey providing a magnificent backdrop.

Wonka filming Parade Gardens
Credit: Jamie Bellinger 

The Colonnades 

One of Bath's lesser-known architectural gems, the 17th Century Colonnades are nestled between Parade Gardens and the iconic Pulteney Bridge. Look out for a keyscene with Wonka reclining on a bench filmed in this spot, with more artificial smoke and snow adding to the atmosphere.

Wonka filming Pulteney Bridge with snow
Credit: Jamie Bellinger

Bath Street

The city's beautiful streets lined with Georgian buildings provide quite the background for the film, with Bath Street chosen as another key location during filming, just a few metres from the Roman Baths and Thermae Bath Spa.

Wonka filming Bath Street
Credit: Fifi Powell

Walcot Street

Bath's Walcot Artisan Quarter also saw its fair share of movie magic, with the steep Walcot Steps which lead from Walcot Street to The Paragon getting a dusting of snow for a scene, although filming didn't end up taking place at this location.

Willy Wonka speaking to Oompa Loompa
Credit: Warners Bros Pictures

Wonka-themed special offers

To celebrate the film's release and the role Bath plays as a backdrop to many key scenes, several Bath businesses are running some special promotions:

  • Knoops are offering a Wonka-inspired hot chocolate in celebration of the launch
  • Mrs Potts Chocolate Shop will be putting a 'Golden Ticket' for one of their workshops into a pot of their hot chocolate 
  • San Francisco Fudge Factory are creating a special Rocky Road Fudge
  • The Good Day Café are doing a limited amount of Wonka-inspired ‘Scotchies’ the weekend after the launch

Take a look at our Special Offers for more great value food and drink, days out and hotel stays in the city.

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