Famous Film & TV Locations to Visit in the UK

Famous Film & TV Locations to Visit in the UK

Back in October, England made it into Lonely Planet's list of the best places to travel in 2020. Placed behind Bhutan, England featured in second place -- it's little wonder when you consider all the incredible destinations to explore across the country.

Highlighted in a new report created by Travelzoo, some of the finest locations across England, and the wider UK have been featured in a number of beloved films and television shows.

Screen tourism has been a huge thing for years now, with many tourists hinging their travel decisions on being able to spot a place from their favourite scene along the way. 

This trend has had a hugely positive impact on many of these places, too. The below infographic shows, in numbers, some of the staggering screen tourism statistics from around the country.

So, from the real Downton Abbey, to Cornwall's 'Poldark country' and the West Midlands to rub shoulders with the Peaky Blinders, where's your adventure going to take you?

 

UK screen tourism in numbers
Provided by Travelzoo

 

Best Places to Visit

The United Kingdom is home to some of the most iconic film and television locations in the world, with blockbuster movies like Harry Potter filmed here.

Due to the history, castles, scenic villages, cities and countryside - the UK provides the perfect setting for tv and film settings.

If you have a passion for film or tv and would like to set foot in some iconic scenes, here are some of the most famous places to visit:

  • Glenfinnan Viaduct, Scotland - Hogwarts Express in Harry Potter.
  • Alnwick Castle, Northumberland - The first two Harry Potter films, The Philosopher's Stone and the Chamber of Secrets.
  • Portobello Road, London - The 1999 romantic comedy Notting Hill, staring High Grand and Julia Roberts was set here.
  • Wollaton Hall, Nottinghamshire - in 2011, The Dark Knight Rises was filmed here,
  • Gloucester Cathedral, Harry Potter
  • South Bank, London - Pride and Prejudice, Thor, Wimbledon & more
  • Tower Bridge, London - Mission Impossible & more
  • Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire - Harry Potter
  • Stonehenge, Wiltshire - Doctor Who
  • Hitchin, Hertfordshire - BBC drama Doctor Foster
  • Castle Combe, Wiltshire - War Horse and Stardus
  • Durham Cathedral, Durham - Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, the Chamber of Secrets, and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Castle Ward, County Down, Northern Ireland- the setting for Winterfell in Game of Thrones. 
  • Lincoln Cathedral, Lincolnshire - The Da Vinci Code, staring Tom Hanks.
  • Virginia Water Lake, Surrey - Tarzan: The Untamed 
  • Port Isaac, North Cornwall - TV series Doc Martin
  • Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire - Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows
  • Pulteney Bridge, Somerset - Les Miserables
  • Borough Market, London - Bridget Jones’s Diary.
  • Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, West Yorkshire - The Railway Children
  • Chatsworth, Derbyshire - Pride and Prejudice
  • Highclere Castle, Berkshire - Downton Abbey
  • Paddington Station, London - Paddington Bear
  • Osborne House, Isle of Wight - Victoria and Abdul
  • Stanley Dock, Liverpool - Captain America: The First Avenger and Sherlock Holmes
  • Marloes Sands, Wales - Snow White and the Huntsman
  • Rosslyn Chapel, Roslin - The Da Vinci Code
  • St. John's College, University of Cambridge - A Theory of Everything
  • Gloucester Docks, Gloucester - Alice in Wonderland -  Alice Through the Looking Glass
  • St George’s Hall, Liverpool - Fantastic Beasts and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One.
  • Eden Project, Cornwall - James Bond Die Another Day
  • Knole House, Kent - The Other Boleyn Girl
  • Ham House, Surrey - Anna Karenina
  • Bletchley Park, Buckinghamshire - The Imitation Game

Have you ever been to any of the places on our list? Or have any recommendations we have missed? Let us know in the comments section below.