A location manager of the film Downton Abbey has called Yorkshire "unsurpassed" for filming.

The ITV series spin-off film will be released in theaters across the UK today after being shot at various attractions in the region last summer.

The ballroom scene of the Downton Abbey movie was shot in Wentworth Woodhouse. Picture credits: Screen Yorkshire.

The ballroom scene of the Downton Abbey movie was shot in Wentworth Woodhouse. Picture credits: Screen Yorkshire.

Locations included the North Yorkshire Moors Railway (including Pickering Railway Station), Wentworth Woodhouse at Rotherham, Little Germany at Bradford, Harewood House at Leeds and Dalton Mills at Keighley, while Highclere Castle at Berkshire continues to serve as the central country house location.

It was shot with the support of Screen Yorkshire, which is based on calls in Leeds.

Mark Ellis, who oversaw the movie, said: "It was an absolute privilege to shoot in Yorkshire again, and the screen on the breathtaking North Yorkshire Moors Railway looks stunning in the opening scenes to the lavish ballroom sequence We shot in Wentworth Woodhouse.

"The variety of places Yorkshire has to offer is unsurpassed, with the industrial streets of Little Germany in Bradford a stark contrast to the opulence of stately homes like Harewood House.

The Pickering station was praised by the crew members of Downton Abbey. Picture of Tony Johnson.

The Pickering station was praised by the crew members of Downton Abbey. Picture of Tony Johnson.

"One of the most prominent places in Downton Abbey is Pickering, which is twice as high for London's Kings Cross, and it's truly unique to have such a well-preserved historic site of this size."

The impression Yorkshire made with the crewmembers was that they recommend other filmmakers to travel to the region. A film about Ripon-born Naomi Jacob was to be made in the area.