Here at Original Travel UK we love nothing more than putting our feet up, cup of tea in hand, and settling in for an evening watching our favourite TV shows and films. While admittedly the US may trump us (no pun intended) with Hollywood, the UK is lucky enough to play host to a selection of film set-worthy scenery all over the nation. And here are some of our favourite UK film and TV set locations, all of which can be experienced with Original Travel UK…
Paddington 2: London
Families will love soaking up the sights of London while exploring the film set location of one of our favourite films of 2017, Paddington 2. As shown in scenes from the film, enjoy a private guided tour of the world's largest antiques market on Portobello Road, followed by a trip through Little Venice's picturesque canal paths before ending up at, you guessed it, London Paddington Station to learn about its historic railway past. As with all of our London experiences, guided tours with local experts are completely bespoke to individual needs, and so other Paddington 2 locations such as Tower Bridge, Hyde Park, St Paul's Cathedral and Primrose Hill can all be included too.
Games of Thrones: Northern Ireland
We admit we're still trying to come to terms with there only being one season of Game of Thrones left. If, like us, you're going to need slowly weening off your dosage of GOT, why not seek your inner-Stark and head to its homeland in Northern Ireland? Immerse yourself in some of The Seven Kingdoms' most famous filming locations starting in Londonderry and travelling all along the stunning Causeway Coast and Glens to Belfast. Visit beautiful forests, national parks, small coastal villages and some of Northern Ireland's finest beaches on this unique itinerary.
War Horse: Dartmoor National Park
Saddle up and enjoy a horseback riding adventure in Devon's Dartmoor National Park, the beautiful moorland filming location of War Horse. Your riding experience will be completely tailored to your capabilities and preference, with regular tea breaks and a bespoke, quintessentially British picnic (weather permitting) for lunch, or a visit to a traditional local pub. Come evening, relax and unwind at the luxurious Hotel Endsleigh which was home to Hollywood Director Steven Spielberg while War Horse was being filmed.
The Crown: London and Scotland
Netflix's royal sensation, The Crown, has just begun filming its hotly-anticipated third season and global excitement is brewing once more. Although not technically in The Crown as a filming location, visit The Tower of London to admire the real-life Crown Jewels followed by a guided tour of Westminster Abbey, famous for royal weddings and coronations, before visiting Ely Cathedral, the actual filming location in The Crown for The Queen's coronation. And of course, no itinerary would be complete without a visit to Buckingham Palace. For the full experience, extend your trip to include Scotland to see the beautiful locations that stood in for Balmoral Castle and the Castle of Mey, and the actual Royal Yacht Britannia, moored up permanently in Edinburgh.
Explore Scotland's most magical destinations, from historic castles to rural highlands, and enjoy the filming locations and scenery which inspired the Outlander novels and subsequent TV series. Beginning in Edinburgh, head to the traditional 17th Century village of The Mercat Cross where the fictional village of Cransmuir was filmed. Visit Doune Castle (or Castle Leoch as Outlander fans will know it), which has also featured in Game of Thrones and Monty Python, making it a must-see for any film fans. End your Outlander journey in Glasgow with a trip to the Glasgow Cathedral where Frank proposed to Claire.