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8 films to inspire your travels

08 June 2020

Have you ever had that moment, standing on a street corner in New York or a beach in Cornwall, that you’ve been there before? Well, you probably have! Some of the most famous films and TV shows were filmed in locations you can visit. So you can star in your very own blockbuster!

Whether you’d love to revisit the scene of a cinematic gem or immerse yourself in the backdrop to the latest sci-fi flick, there are plenty of very familiar locations to visit around the world.

Ready to spot those scene-stealing locations? Read on to find out the film locations you can visit on your next holiday!

66 Perry Street, New York – Sex and The City

Manhattan, New York City, USA

A fan of Sex and The City? Then this iconic brownstone will be more than familiar to you. That’s right, it was here that Carrie Bradshaw loved, lost and laughed her way through the entire six seasons of SATC.

The location sits between Bleecker and West 4th street and is easy to find, although not signposted. There’s usually a chain across the actual stoop to keep people off so you won’t be able to recreate that iconic Carrie “I couldn’t help but wonder” pose but it’s worth a trip while you’re in the Big Apple. 

Christchurch College, Oxford – Harry Potter

Christchurch, Oxford, England

Although many locations were pieced together to create the magic of Hogwarts, it was Christchurch College, Oxford that provided many of the most recognisable shots. From the quadrangle, to the cloisters via a 16th century staircase, the air here still seems to echo with cries of “Lumos!” and “Expelliarmus!” Make sure you visit the great hall with its ancient portraits and wood cladding – you can almost see the Hogwarts end of term feasts materialising before your eyes.

Glencoe, Scotland – Skyfall

Glencoe, Scotland

While the Bond franchise films are rarely without a great big dose of drama, Skyfall was particularly memorable for the natural landscapes it employed. As well as the car chases and epic fight scenes, the film made good use of Glencoe in Scotland, setting Bond’s ancestral home in the middle of its dramatic peaks and crags. The house itself doesn’t exist (it was a set constructed for the film) but you can absorb all the drama of the setting by walking across the wild moors and misty glens on foot.

Hotel Sidi Driss, Tunisia – Star Wars

Hotel Sidi Driss, Tunisia

There are many locations that have been made famous by the Star Wars films but the Hotel Sidi Driss in Matmata in Tunisia is one of the most famous. This traditional Berber house was where Luke Skywalker grew up and it appeared both in A New Hope and then again in 2000, in Attack of the Clones. Sidi Driss is still a fully functioning hotel so you can lay your head where Skywalker did.

Skiathos, Greece – Mamma Mia!

Skiathos, Greece

One of our favourite feel-good films, Mamma Mia! was drenched in the warmth and passion of its location – the beautiful Greek islands. If you want to stroll through some of the film’s most memorable moments then the isles to aim for are Skopelos and Skiathos.

On Skopelos you’ll find Kastani Bay and beach – the setting for "Does Your Mother Know" – as well as Agios Ioannis Prodromos Monastery where the wedding moments took place. On Skiathos, you’ll recognise the film’s sandy beaches, as well as the Old Port where the three fathers, Sam, Harry and Bill meet for the first time.

Highclere Castle, Hampshire – Downton Abbey

English Country Garden, England

While the final credits have rolled on this epic TV series, the fascination with Downton Abbey and its family of Crawleys still remains, doesn’t it?

Many of the scenes were filmed on location in Highclere, a Jacobean-style country house in Hampshire with extensive gardens that were designed by Capability Brown. The castle is the county seat of the Earl of Carnarvon and was also used as the location for the comedy series Jeeves and Wooster.

Øresund Bridge, Denmark/Sweden – The Bridge

Oresund Bridge, Denmark and Sweden

Fans of the tense Nordic noir series will instantly recognise Øresund Bridge, which spans the 16km stretch of water between Denmark and Sweden. It was on this bridge that the series first kicked off, and the bridge continued to appear in long, atmospheric shots throughout.

Øresund Bridge opened in 2000 and since The Bridge first aired it has become a major tourist attraction. You’ll need to pay to drive across the bridge but you can always stand and gaze at it instead, either from Malmo or Copenhagen.

Northeast Heights, Albuquerque – Breaking Bad

Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

The stark hills and arid landscapes of New Mexico were the perfect setting for Walter White’s journey from high school chemistry teacher to Heisenberg. Head for Northeast Heights to see Walter White’s house (3828 Piermont Dr), the A-1 carwash (Octopus Carwash 9516 Snowheights Cir) and Marie and Hank's house (4901 Cumbre del Sur Court) in the foothills. Don’t forget to drop into Twisters (4257 Isleta Blvd) – the real life Los Pollos Hermanos – for fried chicken.

 

If you'd like to visit one of these film locations or would love to visit the destination of your favourite film, get in touch with your Travel Counsellor to plan your trip!

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