The UK isn’t world-renowned as the land of Harry Potter or Sherlock Holmes for nothing. Rich in cinematic history, this country is home to some of the most iconic locations for movies and TV shows. Fortunately, many of these sites are open for foreign and local visitors to tour around.
1. Alnwick Castle, Northumberland
Better known as Hogwarts in the first two installments of “Harry Potter,” this 14th-century castle is owned by the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland. Tourists can enjoy plenty of activities there, such as joining a broomstick training session on the exact spot where the Boy Wizard first learned how to fly with a broomstick.
2. Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich
Its majestic buildings make a perfect backdrop for any historical/period or fantasy movie. In fact, world-famous movies such as “Les Miserables,” “Gulliver’s Travels,” “The King’s Speech,” “Skyfall,” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” were shot here.
3. The Historic Dockyard, Chatham, Kent
Period films such as “Les Miserables,” “Call the Midwife,” and “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows had this expansive 400-acre space as their setting. The location is actually closed to the public, though part of the area is open for visitors who want to see submarines and historic warships there.
4. Notting Hill
Thanks to the box-office success of the movie top-billed by Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant, this chic London neighbourhood was put into the limelight. “Notting Hill” the movie features attractions like The Ritz hotel, Portobello Road, Kenwood House, and The Savoy Hotel.
5. Antony House, Cornwall
This 18th-century property was used as a location for Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland.” Visitors of Antony House can explore the grounds and its sculptures and gardens.
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