Peaky Blinders fans head to Arley Hall

A stately home in Cheshire is seeing a surge in visitors after it was featured as a location in the BBC gangster drama Peaky Blinders.

Arley Hall is one of several locations in the north west featured on new Peaky Blinders coach tours, run by Blue Badge Guide Julie Kershaw.

Her tours also visit other sites in and around Liverpool, which were used for filming scenes starring Cillian Murphy, Tom Hardy and Helen McCrory.

Kershaw said: “There are fans all over the world and they are starting to find their way to Cheshire and Liverpool to find some of the filming locations.

“Fans are guaranteed not only a professional, qualified guide but also someone who shares their passion and has done hundreds of hours of research.”

Shelagh Bebington, Arley’s commercial manager, said: “People can obviously visit us any time to see where the scenes were shot, but from our perspective the coach tours are obviously great news in terms of attracting more visitors.

“People have visited because they’ve watched the programme and want to get a sense of the atmosphere created by the hall for the Peaky Blinders crew.”

The BBC filmed scenes at Arley Hall for several weeks in 2015, showing how the character of Birmingham gangster Thomas Shelby had gone up in the world.