Step in to your favourite TV show or film by visiting one of these famous locations...
Celebrate the release of Fifty Shades Of Grey by staying in Christian Grey’s actual million dollar apartment. Located in Seattle’s now world-famous Escala building, this one bedroom bolt-hole – which is 1,000sq feet of pure luxury – recently went onto the market for as little as £170 a night.
Each stay includes access to the building’s swanky bar, state-of-the-art gym and your very own private roof terrace – which is perfectly suited to after-dark soirée’s. The only thing you won’t be able to find is the ‘red room’, that really is stuff of fiction.’ says online realtor, Airbnb.
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One of the most beautiful parts of England is the striking backdrop to
ITV’s gripping thriller, Broadchurch. Its main setting is West Bay,
famous for its high cliffs and beaches, and part of Dorset’s Jurassic
Coast World Heritage Site; hotel searches to the area have increased 50%
since the show began.
As well as being a beautiful seaside
destination for families, you can go fossil hunting, take beautiful
coastal and country walks, go fishing and scuba diving, or do
paragliding and golf, as well as exploring the historic market town of
Bridport, where the writer of Broadchurch, Chris Chibnall lived. And
for die-hard fans there are ‘Broadchurch Tours’ to all the key sites
from the show including the police station, newsagent and death cliff
Everyone’s favourite musical, The Sound of Music turns 50 this year, and
what better way to celebrate it than by visiting some of its most
Visit the church in Mondsee where Captain Von
Trapp and Maria married; the Mirabell Gardens where Maria and the
children sang Do-Re-Mi; Leopoldskron Castle, which stood in for the Von
Trapp family home; and Nonnberg Abbey, where Maria was a novice nun
Mike Leigh’s award-winning film, Mr. Turner explores the last quarter
century of landscape painter, JMW Turner. Leigh filmed for just over a
week at Petworth House, which was the seat of one of Turner’s greatest
patrons – the third Earl of Egremont, played by Patrick Godfrey in the
film. Turner famously had the run of the house when he visited, and
annexed the enormous library as his art studio, which is vividly brought
back to life in the film.
Until 11 March 2015, Petworth House
hosts Mr. Turner – an exhibition, which will feature major artworks and
original items belonging to Turner himself, together with props and
visuals from the film. Go to Nationaltrust.org.uk
The real Downton Abbey is, of course, Highclere Castle, in Hampshire (Highclerecastle.co.uk).
The Jacobethan style castle – the seat of the Earl of Carnarvon – sits
on a 1,000 acre estate, with gardens designed by Capability Brown.
castle and gardens are open to the public in July and August and at
certain times throughout the rest of the year so you can wander round
and imagine how Mrs Patmore must have felt slaving away in the kitchens,
or admire the sumptuously-decorated bedrooms that Lady Mary would have
relaxed in. Nearby is the charming town of Hungerford which has a
popular antique market and a further 10 miles west is the picturesque
town of Marlborough. Newbury is the local town for Highclere and has a
racecourse with several exciting meetings throughout the year.
Fans flocked in their thousands to Croatia’s historical coastal city
when series two featured Dubrovnik as the location for the fictional
King’s Landing. The city’s fortified battlements, great gates,
drawbridges, baroque buildings and medieval monuments look even more
imposing up close.
Take a walk around the City Walls, for
amazing views out to sea, and marvel at Minceta Tower, the highest point
of the wall, which stood in for the House of the Undying in the show.
Visit Lovrijenac Fortress, set on a rock just outside the western wall.
Viator (Viator.com) offers
a three-hour walking tour of Dubrovnik from £45, revealing sights
including Lovrijenac Fortress and a trip to Trsteno Arboretum, which has
gardens that were used as the grounds of King’s Landing.
Stephen Hawking was a graduate student at Cambridge University, which is
where he met his wife to be, Jane Wilde. Scenes from the film of the
night they went to the Cambridge May Ball are magical, but there is much
more to this smart town.
Pay a visit to the Fitzwilliam Museum,
the arts and antiquities museum for the University of Cambridge, take a
stroll around the exhibition space at Kettle’s Yard or enjoy taking in
the best in contemporary arts at the city’s many independent galleries.
And of course, you must take a punt on the River Cam, or explore the
many winding streets on a bicycle tour. If you get the chance to hear
the Choir of King’s College, don’t miss it.
Ashridge was the inspiration for the enchanted forest in the recent
Disney blockbuster Maleficent. Now, Ashridge works its magic again in
Disney’s forthcoming live-action fairytale musical, Into the Woods.
cinemas from January 2015, the ancient woodland has been transformed
(with some computer graphics trickery) into the home of some of the
Brothers Grimm’s most famous characters. No stranger to the limelight,
the woodland at Ashridge has appeared in Les Misérables, Sleepy Hollow
and Harry Potter. Visit Nationaltrust.org.uk.
The seat of America’s government, Washington takes centre stage in the
gripping thriller series House of Cards, where protagonist, politician
Frank Underwood, and his wife Claire, scheme to take power. Even William
and Kate wanted to get in on the action with their visit last December.
Historical and important must-sees include the imposing Lincoln
memorial, the sugar-white Capitol Building – home to the House and
Senate – the Washington Monument (at 555ft, it’s the world’s tallest
obelisk) and the vast and fascinating Smithsonian Museum. And you must
take a tour of the White House, though we can’t guarantee you’ll bump
Six National Trust properties in the south-west feature in the BBC adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall. Montacute House is one of the most striking. A classic example of Elizabethan architecture in honey-coloured hamstone, the house belonged to Sir Edward Phelps – one of the prosecutors in the foiled gunpowder plot. More than 60 Tudor and Elizabethan portraits hang here, including many from the court of King Henry VIII. Visit Nationaltrust.org for full details.
Setting female hearts racing again thanks to its second series featuring
a host of handsome actors, the BBC drama, although set in Paris, is
actually filmed in Prague. If you’ve never been to this charming and
picturesque city, prepare to be dazzled. From a walk at dusk along the
stunning Charles Bridge, to a boat tour along the River Vltava, there’s a
beautiful viewpoint at every turn.
Don’t miss the impressive
Castle District, which houses the huge St Vitus Cathedral and the
Archbishop’s Palace, or a wander around the Old Town Square, where the
Astronomical Clock puts on a show every time it strikes the hour.