While the younger generation is fighting the Second World War, a ragtag group of men volunteer for the Home Guard. The series started out based on some true events retold with a little comedic licence.
Dad’s Army is one of the UK’s favourite and most long-running sitcoms. It was set in a village on the south coast, where the Home Guard kept an eye out for invading Germans. However, most of the filming was done around Norfolk and the Home Counties.
Read on to find out where Dad's Army was filmed, and take a look at our TV Map of Britain to find your favourite TV show hotspots.
The parish church of fictional town Walmington-on-Sea was called St Aldhelm's. All Saints Church in the village of Honington in Suffolk was used as the location. This small church is hidden down a narrow road and surrounded by trees. It’s worth visiting to see the pretty baroque features and 13th-century tower. Honington provided many locations for the series. Co-writer David Croft lived in the village for many years.
The former RAF station of Tibenham Airfield can be spotted in a couple of episodes. Perhaps most notable is when the characters attempt to build a big wheel. The airfield is now home to the Norfolk Gliding Club and hosts several events, including classic car shows.
The episode where a German Luftwaffe pilot becomes entangled in a clock tower was filmed outside Thetford Guildhall, making it a popular location with fans. It’s now the Dad’s Army Museum. When you visit, you can see all manner of memorabilia, from uniforms to a recreation of the set of Captain Mainwaring’s office. You can even see Jones’ butcher’s van. It’s a must-visit for Dad’s Army fans.
When the group took to the water to improve their rowing skills, the crew found a spot on the River Waveney. The river runs through Suffolk and into Norfolk. The area used for filming was in the town of Beccles. You may spot the Waveney House Hotel in the background.
In an early episode, the Home Guard realise they are low on weapons, so they visit the Peabody Museum to find some vintage items to use. This scene was filmed at Oxburgh Hall, a National Trust owned country home in Norfolk. A grand Tudor home with formal flower gardens and grounds, Oxburgh Hall has some unique features including a priest's hole, dating to Elizabeth I’s persecution of Catholics.
Honington Primary School was used as the exterior of the church hall where the Home Guard would meet. This village school was built in the 19th century and is still there today.