"Roll Out the Red Carpet", Film Tourism is Stealing the Show!" Welcome aboard the magical carpet, fellow cinephiles and explorers! In the blockbuster called travel, Film Tourism is the new show-stopper. So, sit tight as we delve into the exciting realm where popular TV and cinema landscapes transform into travel destination superstars!
Have you ever wondered how pleasant it'd be to wander around Hogwarts, striking down enemies with your wand? Or fight alongside the brave men on the beaches of Normandy? Or maybe you wish to be part of a Galaxy, far far away!
Well, guess what? You can now relive your favorite scenes right where they happened! Yes, we are talking about the film sets. Welcome to the increasingly sought-after world of Film Tourism: traveling to the iconic or picturesque locations where movies and TV shows were shot. The thrill of experiencing a movie's setting in its glorious, real-life detail, coupled with vacationing, is irresistible and makes for incredible memories and superhero photo opportunities.
Read on for popular movie set locations you can visit.
For the wizards and witches among us, venture into the magic-woven expanses of UK, the home to Harry Potter. Visit Alnwick Castle in Northumberland, the grounds of Hogwarts, walk on the cobblestones of Diagon Alley at Leadenhall Market in London or visit the Glenfinnan Viaduct bridge and pretend to catch the Hogwarts Express.
For those who want to play 'spy', how about gracing the locations of your favorite James Bond movies? From the Palatial richness of Blenheim Palace, UK, featured in 'Spectre' to the brilliant blue seas surrounding Villa La Gaeta, Italy, in 'Casino Royale', it's a spy's paradise out there. Visit Glencoe, Scotland for site of James Bond's family estate in 'SkyFall'.
Successfully pulling heartstrings on Apple TV, Ted Lasso made viewers fall in love with not just the characters but also the city it was filmed in - London. Take a tour of Nelson Road Recreational Ground, which you'll recognize as AFC Richmond's home ground, or enjoy a pint in a West London pub - The Crown & Anchor, also known as the team's local, The Prince's Head.
Game of Thrones:
How can we talk about Europe and not mention the series that had everyone talking and debating? Yes, Game of Thrones! Northern Ireland's picturesque landscapes doubled up as Westeros, bringing George R.R. Martin's world to life. Notable must-visit locales include Dark Hedges (The Kings Road) or Castle Ward (Winterfell).
How about a trip to Puzzlewood in the Forest of Dean, where epic battles from a galaxy far, far away were shot. If you want to march as a stormtrooper beside the Death Star, head towards the Canary Wharf tube station in London. Check out Luke Skywalker's exiled home from the 'Last Jedi' on the rugged island of Skellig Michael on the west coast of Ireland.
All Creatures Great and Small:
Fans of this popular show based off James Herriot's beloved books, should ferry their way to picturesque Yorkshire Dales, England. The serene landscapes and idyllic stone houses add a charming nostalgia to the series.
Saving Private Ryan:
Want to relive the emotions of 'Saving Private Ryan'? Visit Ballinesker Beach, County Wexford, Ireland, where the gripping D-Day landing scenes were filmed. You can also visit the actual D-Day landing beaches in Normandy, France where many other WWII movies were filmed.
By embedding cinematic charm into raw, real locations, Film Tourism takes fan commitment to a new level. So pick your favorite show and work witBy embedding cinematic charm into raw, real locations, Film Tourism takes fan commitment to a new level. So pick your favorite show and work with a travel advisor to plan your next adventures and get ready to step into your beloved fictional worlds.
Remember, the world is a stage, or rather, a film set and we are all actors living our story!
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