People walking along the Dark Hedges tree tunnel, one of the many picturesque sites featured in Game of Thrones near Ballymoney in County Antrim, Northern Ireland Photo: Paul Faith/ AFP/Getty ImagesGetty
Ranging from recent and current on-screen or upcoming hits to great old classics, cult films and epic series, here are 10 great cinematic locations to inspire your next destinations.
Ulster, County Antrim, Ballymoney (The Iron Islands in the Game of Thrones series) Photo: UIG via Getty ImagesGetty
Game of Thrones: The Upcoming Prequel, Northern Ireland
Once the curtain falls this year on the eighth and final season of the mega-popular series Game of Thrones, enter the spinoffs. Among them is a prequel series which, although an official title still pending - Hint: George R. R. Martin says it will be called The Long Night - is reportedly ready for production and will happen mainly in Northern Ireland.
The plot is dated thousands of years before the events of >The Iron Throne and will chronicle "the world’s descent from the golden age of heroes into its darkest hours," according to HBO’s synopsis. “From the horrifying secrets of Westeros's history to the true origin of the White Walkers, the mysteries of the East to the Starks of legend...it's not the story we think we know.”
No date has yet been fixed for its release but the location seems to be Belfast and its surrounding beautiful coastal roads, craggy castles and sprawling glens> that have served as backdrops to multiple scenes of the Westeros, Home of the Throne, and are already iconic tourist attractions.
The Game of Thrones territory includes Winterfell (Castle Ward, Strangford, County Down) and Castle Black (Magheramorne quarry, County Antrim), tours of the Linen Mills Studios in Banbridge - which will house displays of costumes, props and weapons - the Titanic Studios in Belfast, Cushendun Caves, Murlough Bay, Dark Hedges, Ballintoy Harbour, Tollymore Forest, Larrybane, Antrim Plateau, Inch Abbey and Downhill Strand. All are within easy reach from Belfast.
The impact of Game of Thrones on tourism for Northern Ireland has been compared with that of Lord of the Rings in New Zealand in the late 1990s.
The famous staircase in Lello Bookstore in Porto, Portugal. The bookstore, a favorite of author J.K. Rowling, is considered one of the world’s most impressive bookshops and served as inspiration for the depiction of Harry Potter’s Hogwarts Photo: Horacio Villalobos/Corbis via Getty ImagesGetty
Harry Potter And The Many Places Where It Happens
From London to Porto, Portugal, with stops in Northumberland, Gloucester, Oxford and Edinburgh, the Harry Potter series is among the most prolific “discoverers” of stunning film locations.
The old world charm of London and its well of architectural jewels has served as perfect settings for its world of witches and wizards in training.
Many scenes have been filmed in the Warner Brothers Studio in Hertfordshire, which can be toured. Then there are shooting locations all over town, including King's Cross Station with the infamous Platform 9¾, St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel, and Leadenhall Market.
Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is, in fact, a number of locations outside London in different towns and cities such as Christ Church College and Cathedral and Duke Humfrey's Library in Oxford, Alnwick Castle in Northumberland, Lacock Abbey near Chippenham in Wiltshire and Gloucester Cathedral, which served for the exterior shots of the school.
Glenfinnan Viaduct in Lochaber, Scotland, has been used in a number of films, including the 'Harry Potter' series . Photo: Getty ImagesGetty
For a ride on the Hogwarts Express, you must travel to the Glenfinnan Viaduct in Scotland.
An even more complete Harry Potter tour would include the city of Porto in Portugal where the author, J.K. Rowling, taught English in the 1990s and was a regular at the bookstore Livraria Lello, one of the city's most famous sites, with its decorative bookcases, carved wooden ceilings and lavish staircase that inspired the Hogwarts Library.
Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda during the filming of a scene for Mary Poppins Returns in front of Buckingham Palace Photo: Yui Mok/PA Images via GettyGetty
A Mary Poppins stunt double on top of the London Eye. Photo: Joe Giddens/PA Images via GettyGetty
Mary Poppins, Aladdin and Dumbo, London
London has played a starring roll in many blockbuster movies and Disney has been filming its new live-action versions of old classics in various of the most important British filming Studios.
Mary Poppins Returns, the sequel to the 1964 classic starring Julie Andrews, happens - of course - in London. So naturally the city is also a star of the film, with some of its most renowned landmarks appearing as backdrops for key scenes.
The exterior of the Bank of England was used for the offices of the villainous banker, played by Colin Firth, many of the musical scenes take place in front of Buckingham Palace and the finale of the movie happens in the Big Ben clock tower.
Other upcoming Disney movies recently filmed in Britain are Tim Burton’s Dumbo, that was primarily done in two of the largest studios in the world: Pinewood in Buckinghamshire and Cardington in Bedford, and that will be released at the end of March. And Guy Ritchie’s remake of Aladdin, which was made at Longcross Studios in Surrey, according to Disney will open in May.
A mural painting in Angouleme, western France, in January, where The French Dispatch is being filmed Photo: Joel Saget/AFP/Getty ImagesGetty
The French Dispatch - >Angoulême, Southwestern France
Following his successful Isle of Dogs, American director Wes Anderson, who lives in Paris, is shooting his next film in Angoulême in southwestern France, where local French papers have reported various sightings.
With an impressive list of stars including Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Tilda Swinton, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Frances McDormand and Saoirse Ronan, among others, and announced for next year, The French Dispatch is a love letter to journalists set at an American newspaper’s outpost in 20th-century Paris and centers on three story lines.
Paris during the shooting of Midnight in Paris Photo: Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty ImagesGetty
Paris is one of the most featured cities in movies. Here, a scene from The Other Side Of Midnight, 1977 Photo: Getty ImagesGetty
Midnight In Paris, Paris, France
The city of lights is one of the most featured movie locations in the world and in Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris, Owen Wilson, a struggling writer, accompanies his fiancee, Rachel McAdams, on a business trip and every night at midnight is transported back to Paris in the 1920s.
Showcased along with sites such as the Church of Saint Etienne du Mont, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Pont Neuf bridge and the Arc de Triumph, are the gardens, cafes, markets, and the cobblestoned streets that make the French capital a cinematic location par excellence.
Aerial photograph of Highclere Castle, the offical residence of the Earl of Carnarvon, located 6 miles south of Newbury. Photo:: Getty ImagesGetty
Downton Abbey - Highclere Castle, Hampshire, England
Following the enormous popularity of the PBS television series, the saga of the Crawley family and the servants who work for them in the English countryside in the early 20th century will continue in the highly-anticipated movie that will be released in September.
Although set in Yorkshire, the filming of the movie, as with the series, largely took place at Highclere Castle in Hampshire, a beautifully-maintained, 17th-century Jacobean castle, with landscaped grounds and gardens that offers tours and afternoon tea.
Some of the scenes in the fictional village of Downton were filmed in the town of Bampton in Oxfordshire, including at the 11th-century St Mary’s Church, and in Lacock, a village in Wiltshire that with its picturesque historical cottages and abbey has been featured in other movies including Pride and Prejudice and Harry Potter.
Komiza Village in Vis Island in Croatiaa's Dalmatia Region Photo: Gabriele Prato/UIG via Getty ImagesGetty
Those Mammas Mias - Vis Island, Croatia And Skopelos Island, Greece
The tiny island of Vis in Croatia's Adriatic Sea, arguably one of the most beautiful islands in the world with its pristine aquamarine sea, beautiful beaches and 17th-century architecture served as a Greek resort for the filming of Mamma Mia 2, the sequel to the popular Mamma Mia.
Built by the Venetians in the 17th century and still off the tourism radar, it takes 20 minutes to walk around the harbor. The filming was mostly done in Komiza, a village to the west of the island that has all the Mamma Mia charm. Some scenes were filmed at the best-known beaches of Stiniya, in the south.
The "magical Greek island of Kalokairi" of the original Mamma Mia, with its dramatic cliffs and picture-perfect, white-sand beaches is, in reality, the small Greek island of Skopelos.
Skopelos Island, Greece Photo: Peter Bischoff/Getty ImagesGetty
Most of the outdoor scenes were filmed at Kastai beach and at a seaside hamlet called Damouchari.
Better-known as 'Mamma Mia Island,' it still boasts the hotel where Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan and the rest of the crew stayed, the Skopelos Village Hotel, and is a popular destination for weddings.
The Silence Of The Lambs, Florence, Italy
Aerial view of Palazzo Vecchio, Florence, a UNESCO World Heritage site Photo: De Agostini via Getty ImagesGetty
Florence, like Paris, has featured prominently in movies of all times. In Silence of the Lambs, the city is an important setting in the life of Hannibal Lecter, a man of refined artistic tastes.
"Even when Lecter is fantasising about eating 'the liver with fava beans,' he plans to wash it down with a glass of 'excellent chianti' – a wine from the region," notes The Guardian.
Among other extraordinary Florentine sites, the Palazzo Vecchio, where Lecter works as Dr. Fell, is one of the key locations in the film, along with the cloister of Santa Croce convent and the grand Santa Maria Novella Pharmacy, where Lecter buys a gift for Clarice Starling.
Source : https://www.forbes.com/sites/ceciliarodriguez/2019/02/11/travel-like-a-star-10-great-movie-inspired-locations-worth-a-trip-to-europe/