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11 iconic TV and movie locations to visit, from La La Land to Harry Potter

11 iconic TV and movie locations to visit, from La La Land to Harry Potter

 1 All of Manhattan on the Sex and the City Hotspots Tour

A rite of passage for anyone who considers themselves a fan of the seminal HBO show. We’ve done it ourselves, and there were loads of gays on the bus. Stops include a stroll past Carrie’s stoop, the Magnolia Bakery where Carry and Miranda gossip about Aiden, plus Scout, the bar owned by Steve and Aiden.

The stop-off here also includes a Cosmopolitan. We loved every second of it. Furthermore, we found it quite a useful way to get our bearings in Manhattan.

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2 The La La Land coffee shop at Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood in LA

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Moonlight’s biggest competition at the Oscars is the newest addition to Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood.

From now until 6 March, visitors can check out Café Sur Le Lot, where Emma Stone’s character works as an aspiring actress. No two tours on the 110-acre lot are ever the same.

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3 Dumbledore’s Office at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter does exactly what it says on the tin. Believed to be the largest attraction of its kind in the world, it commonly attracts 6,000 visitors a day.

Despite its name, it’s actually technically in Leavesden, southeast England, just outside the capital. Diagon Alley, the Yule Ball Ice Castle and also a 1:24 scale model of Hogwarts are all on display. What’s more, the new Forbidden Forest attraction opens 31 March.

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4 Highclere Castle (also known as Downton Abbey) in Hampshire

Based within a 5000-acre estate is Highclere Castle, the main filming location for the ITV period drama Downton Abbey.

It belongs to the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon. The castle and gardens are open to the public on select dates throughout the year.

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5 The Overlook Hotel from The Shining in Oregon

The striking exterior of Timberline Lodge, which stands tall at almost 6,000ft on Oregon’s Mount Hood, was used in 1979 horror classic The Shining.

We visited this National Historic Landmark, located 60 miles from Portland in 2015, during a tour of the Beaver State. It was fascinating.

6 Puzzlewood in Gloucestershire – where parts of Star Wars: The Force Awakens were filmed

This mysterious 18-acre woodland in The Forest of Dean is said to have been one of J. R. R. Tolkien’s inspirations for Middle-earth in The Lord of the Rings.

However, more recently, it was used to film a key scene in the latest Star Wars film. It’s also been used as a location for Doctor Who and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

7 The whole of Salzburg, to relive The Sound of Music

In the picturesque town of Salzburg, Austria, locations from The Sound of Music can be found everywhere you look.

The most famous are the steps in the Mirabell Gardens and Mirabell Palace. This, of course, is where Julie Andrew’s Maria and the von Trapp children did the song and dance to Do-Re-Mi.

8 Buckinghamshire’s Stoke Park, where Bridget Jones’ Diary and two James Bonds were filmed

The famous scene in which Hugh Grant’s Daniel Cleaver falls into a lake while on a dirty weekend with Bridget Jones in the first movie was filmed at the gorgeous five star Stoke Park.

Scenes in two Bond films – Goldfinger and Tomorrow Never Dies – were also shot here.

9 Atlanta’s Marriott Marquis Hotel, which features in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Many of the futuristic scenes in the Hunger Games franchise were computer generated. But for the above scene, producers opted for the real thing.

This high gloss, 169m-tall hotel is known for its grand atrium, once the largest in the world.

10 The Dark Hedges of Northern Ireland, as seen in Game of Thrones

From Malta to Croatia to Morocco to Iceland, HBO’s Game of Thrones routinely visits a number of stunning destinations for filming. However, much of the action takes place in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Furthermore, a one-hour drive away from the city you’ll find the magical Dark Hedges – a tunnel of beech trees which appeared briefly in the show as the Kingsroad.

11 Central Perk from Friends at Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood in LA

Finally, to what is probably the most-loved TV show of all time: Friends. It may have been set in New York City, but the Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood in LA is also home to the real Central Perk Friends set.

Meanwhile, back in NYC, you can check out numerous locations used in Friends. For example, that famous apartment building and also Central Park itself.

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