Lights, camera… vacation! Make the most of your holiday overseas with our guide to the top 5 movie locations. We’ll help you experience the best the world has to offer.
1. Harry Potter (Alnwick Castle, England)
A striking stately home and castle in Northumberland, England, Alnwick Castle has featured prominently (as Hogwarts) in the series of Harry Potter films since 2001. It also appears in Robin Hood Prince of Thieves and Elizabeth.
2. Last Tango in Paris(Pont de Bir-Hakeim, France)
It may not be everyone’s idea of a fun movie, but Last Tango certainly makes the most of some wonderful Parisian locations. Most famous of them all is this double-decker road and rail bridge, where the two main characters meet.
3. The Lord of the Rings (Matamata, New Zealand)
Locations for this epic trilogy were spread across both New Zealand islands, so perhaps the best place to start is where the story starts – Matamata. The rolling greenery of ‘the shire’ was actually filmed on private land nearby, but you can still enjoy guided tours of the Hobbiton set.
4. Thelma and Louise (Gooseneck State Park, USA)
So the Grand Canyon’s most famous movie appearance was actually filmed hundreds of miles away! In fact, very little of Thelma and Louise was filmed at the story’s locations, and the dramatic climax really took place just off Route 163, in the south east corner of Utah.
5. Monty Python’s Life of Brian (Monastir, Tunisia)
Most of this famous satire, where Brian gets mistaken for the Messiah, was filmed at the ribat (a small fortification) in Monastir, a major tourist resort on the central coast of Tunisia. The ribat’s winding passages are open to the public, and a fascinating visit in their own right.