TV and film are in Britain’s blood, but there are some places that are so iconic that you can’t fail
to be carried away to the fictional location when you visit them.
The UK has long been a place of pilgrimage for the silver screen, with many of the most iconic
places and landscapes in cinema finding stand-ins among Britain’s scenic views, historic
buildings and bustling cities.
So where are Britain’s most famous film stand-ins, and what are they like?
Let’s take a look..
Northern Ireland was front and centre of the Game of Thrones craze as
home to many of the series’ major filming locations, none more so
than Winterfell, the grim capital of the North ruled over by the Stark family.
While exterior shots were heavily edited by CGI, many of the close-ups
and group shots in the city were filmed at Castle Ward, whose cobbled
farmyard doubled as the parade ground of Winterfell Castle
Historically the main attraction at Castle Ward was the Gothic Revival
manor house, but GoT has shot the old 16th-century castle tower and
yard back into the limelight, and it now runs various Thrones-themed
tours and events all year for fans.
Getting to Castle Ward:
Strangford, Downpatrick BT30 7BA, UK
For SATNAV: BT30 7BA
Doune Castle is a brooding medieval fortress in the heart of Scotland that has, predictably,
served as a backdrop in just about every film or drama set in that turbulent period of
the country’s history.
However, the castle’s most famous appearance has to be in the iconic 1975 comedy Monty
Python and the Holy Grail, by the famous surrealist comedy troupe.
Due to a famous lack of budget, the castle served as the backdrop to large swathes of
the film, including the Camelot, French Knight, swamp castle and wooden rabbit scenes.
Doune Castle also featured in famous TV dramas such as Outlander, set during the
Jacobite Rising of 1745, and the story of Scotland’s famous national hero Robert
the Bruce in Outlaw King.
Doune Castle is operated by Historic Scotland and is open for most of the year.
Getting to Doune Castle:
Castle Hill, Doune FK16 6EA, UK
For SATNAV: FK16 6EA
Buckingham Palace, the official residence of Queen Elizabeth II
and the most iconic building of the British monarchy, is one of the top
tourist attractions in the United Kingdom.
With its iconic 365ft high dome designed by Sir Christopher Wren,
St Pauls Cathedral dominates London’s horizon
Standing 135 metres tall, the London Eye offers you one of the best views over the city and a unique look at some of its famous landmarks.
Edinburgh Castle has been a
commanding feature on the horizon of Scotland’s exciting capital city for
hundreds of years and is certain to capture your imagination.
Top of the list for any fan has got to be the Warner Brothers’ Harry Potter Experience.
As one of the Queen’s official residences and one of the largest inhabited castles, it’s no wonder that it’s such a popular destination with tourists.
Located in Cumbria in the far northwest corner of the country, the Lake District is an unspoiled wonderland.
Built in 1066, these ancient stone walls have been used as a palace, prison, royal mint, execution site, armoury and even a zoo!
The great and the good have all made the pilgrimage to see Stonehenge, from Barack Obama to Miley Cyrus.
The magical Kew Gardens offers visitors a drop of natural beauty and tranquillity at a short distance from the centre of bustling London.
Home to many royals and the birthplace of Queen Victoria, Kensington Palace is now the official residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
TV and film are in Britain’s blood, but there are some places that are so iconic that you can’t fail to be carried away to the fictional location when you visit them.
Travel back in time and walk in the footsteps of Henry VIII, one of the most prominent Kings of England.
Take a tour of the Palace of Holyroodhouse and get stuck into some Scottish royal history.
Relish going ‘behind the scenes’ and exploring the history and stunning gardens of the real-life Downton Abbey!
As a world heritage site, when you visit Westminster Abbey, you experience one of the most historically significant places in the UK.