Where is Emmerdale filmed and can I visit the set?

The fictional village of Emmerdale in the Yorkshire Dales has been home to it's fair share of drama since the soap first launched in 1972.

But what fans really want to know is where exactly is the show set and can you visit?

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Where is Emmerdale filmed?

When Emmerdale first catapulted onto our screens back in 1972, it was filmed in the village of Arncliffe in North Yorkshire. 

In 1975, the fictional village moved to West Yorkshire in order to cut production costs and was filmed in another real-life village, Esholt in Shipley.

The exterior scenes of the soap were filmed at Esholt for 22 years but by 1998 local residents had grown tired of the production crew’s presence and the tourists the soap was attracting.

ITV then set up a replica of Esholt on the outskirts of Leeds for external filming. 

Interior scenes are shot at ITV’s studio in the city. 

Can I visit the Emmerdale set?

The Emmerdale set is not open to the public during the week, but fans can enjoy a weekend guided walking tour known as the Emmerdale Studio Experience.

The tour allows visitors to go behind the scenes of the soap in both the studios and the village locations when it isn’t filming.

However, in March 2020 Emmerdale bosses suspended all set tours due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

A statement at the time read: "ITV has made the decision that due to increasing concerns around the Coronavirus outbreak and as a precautionary measure, they will be temporarily closing the set tours for the safety and welfare of all staff, production teams and guests."

With Emmerdale bosses yet to announce when the set tours will reopen, it looks like fans will have to wait a while to visit their favourite fictional village.

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