Where is Happy Valley filmed? Filming locations of the BBC drama

The bleak BBC crime drama is bolstered by moody natural scenery

a close up of Sarah Lancashire filming Happy Valley with camermen around her
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Much like interest around when Happy Valley is on next (opens in new tab), many viewers are questioning where is Happy Valley filmed?

Happy Valley coming back (opens in new tab) in January 2023 was a big deal for fans of the beloved BBC drama who've followed the show since the very start. Whilst it remains one of the unhappiest shows on television - in part because of the ever-present reminder of Becky's death (opens in new tab), the vile Tommy Lee Royce and that season 2 scene where Alison kills her son (opens in new tab) - you can't deny the acting and storyline are gripping, leaving many viewers quaking in their seats and eager for a satisfying resolution.

Happy Valley is set in Yorkshire and created by Huddersfield native Sally Wainwright, starring Sarah Lancashire as police sergeant Catherine Cawood. In addition to an outpouring of love for the no-nonsense grandmother is interest in the striking rural landscapes which make up the show, begging the question where is Happy Valley filmed?

Where is Happy Valley filmed?

Happy Valley is mostly shot on location, in Calder Valley, Yorkshire. Areas in and around Calder Valley that have featured in the show include Sowerby Bridge, Halifax, Hedben Bridge, Meltham, Keighley, Mount Tabor and Huddersfield.

In series 3, Halifax appears to have featured heavily as a filming location, with cast and crew spotted in Boothtown, a suburb of Halifax, and at Hebden Bridge, a small town eight miles west of Halifax. In addition, the old Halifax swimming pool was made into a police station for Happy Valley series 3.

Other series 3 filming locations include a Harveys department store, a former Sowerby Bridge Police Station, and Park Wood Crematorium in the market town Elland.

Back in February, cast and crew were spotted at Bath Place, off Boothtown Road in Boothtown, and it looked as though they were filming a dramatic arrest, with protagonist Catherine suffering an injury to her face.

When Happy Valley was first announced back in 2013, lead actress Sarah Lancashire said she was looking forward to filming the rural scenes, saying: "it's going to be hard work, but on screen it will look stunning."

Happy Valley filming location series 1

  • Sowerby Bridge police station
  • Heath Hill Road, Mount Tabor
  • Hangingroyd Lane, Hebden Bridge

Happy Valley filming locations series 2

  • Crown Street, Hebden Bridge
  • Richmond Road, Halifax
  • West View Park, Halifax
  • The Moorings in Sowerby Bridge
  • Ryburn Valley High School, Sowerby Bridge
  • One Stop in Hebden Bridge

Where is Catherine's house in Happy Valley?

The filming location for Catherine's house in Happy Valley is a four-bed terraced property in Hebden Bridge, called 'Ivy Villas'.

In 2017 the property was for sale, listed at £250,000. Peter David Properties explained in the listing on onthemarket.com (opens in new tab): "Peter David Properties are pleased to present to the market this four bedroomed, bay fronted Edwardian terraced property situated in this sought after and established residential location within the heart of the historic market town of Hebden Bridge. 

"The property has been used as the main residence of the characters of the popular BBC television series 'Happy Valley' and would make an ideal family home."

Where to watch Happy Valley series 3

Happy Valley season 3 began on New Year's Day 2023. Episodes are released weekly at 9pm on Sundays, though you can catch up on any missed via BBC iPlayer.

There are six episodes in the latest series, with the season three finale airing on Sunday 5 February.

Sarah Lancashire has returned as Sergeant Catherine Cawood, with James Norton also reprising his role as Tommy Lee Royce. Catherine’s sister Clare is played by actress Siobhan Finneran whilst Catherine’s grandson Ryan is played by Rhys Connah.

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Ellie joined Goodto as a Junior Features Writer in 2022 after finishing her Master’s in Magazine Journalism at Nottingham Trent University. Previously, she completed successful work experience placements with BBC Good Food, The Big Issue and the Nottingham Post, and freelanced as an arts and entertainment writer alongside her studies. In 2021, Ellie graduated from Cardiff University with a first-class degree in Journalism.