Re-enact your favourite scenes from the most memorable film and TV series in their original, real life locations.
Game of Thrones – Iceland, Ireland and Croatia
Put yourself in the shoes of your favourite character or House of the Seven Kingdoms and explore the stunning surrounds of these awe-inspiring locations.
First appearing in the second series of Game of Thrones, and tucked up in the North Atlantic, the volcanic island with it’s frozen landscapes has been luring fans from all over the globe. One guided tour begins along the North coast, meandering past many familiar show landmarks – Lake Mẏvatn which is known in the series as the Land Beyond the Wall, the Haunted Forest, lava fields of Dimmuborgir, Jon Snow and Ygritte’s love nest (one of the most popular spots for fans). Just don’t expect to see any Wildlings or White Walkers.
Featuring more locations of the Seven Kingdoms than anywhere else, you can jump onto various guided tours or take the DIY driving tour (available from Tourism Ireland).
Ward Castle – Winterfell was built in the 16th century and is open for visitors. You can take archery lessons in the same spot as Jon Snow and delight in lunch dressed in authentic Westeros garb in the medieval dining hall with a menu inspired by the show. You can also explore other outstanding locations – the Dothraki Sea (Shillanavogy valley), the Neck (Antrim plateau) and stop in the breathtaking Slaver’s Bay (Murlough Bay) – you won’t be disappointed.
In Dubrovnik and Split, you can explore King’s Landing, for real. Take in the Red Keep, the House of the Undying and pull up a seat where the Purple Wedding took place. There are a myriad of guided tours you can join or construct your own DIY tour. Dubrovnik’s Old Town features many formidable scene locations – Pile is Blackwater Bay and the 16th century old Ethnographic Museum doubles for many scenes involving Tyrion Lannister. Split is Croatia’s second largest city and the location of many scenes featuring Daenerys Targaryn including her throne room and her dragons’ training rooms at the 1700 year-old Diocletian Palace. You can wander around the tunnels and re-enact your favourite Daenerys scene.
Lord of the Rings Trilogy- Matamata, NZ
All three films were filmed in many locations around New Zealand. Experience the tremendous locations that starred as Middle-earth. Matamata is the North Island’s premier location with The Shire and Hobbiton actual film set – walk around and become a hobbit, even if it just for a short while! Further south in Wellington, near the centre of the city is Mount Victoria which became Hobbiton Woods. The South Island has many LOTR sites, they are a little less noticeable than the North Island but fans can access a DIY trail from Discover New Zealand.
Harry Potter – London, England
Do you or your kids consider yourselves Harry Potter uber-fans? London and its surrounds are the place to visit. Get your magic on and transform from a muggle to a wizard in no time with these fantastic Potter experiences. Warner Bros. Studio Tour, The Making of Harry Potter – visit the studios where the last 8 movies were filmed. You can languish in the Great Hall at Hogwarts, Diagon Alley and, a visit wouldn’t be complete without seeing Platform 9 3/4 and the Hogwarts Express steam train. Sip on some butterbeer and purchase your favourite Potter souvenir in the gift shop. Alnwick Castle – Hogwarts in the first two movies, is located in Northumberland (near Newcastle) and you can take a Potter-inspired tour of the castle and partake in Broomstick training classes.
USA – various locations
You could base your whole visit to America on locations of your favourite film and television shows. There’s the multitude of studio tours you can choose from in Los Angeles. Immerse yourself on-set at locations such as District 12 in Hunger Games at the Henry River Mill in North Carolina. In New York City you can visit the Fire Station, located in Tribeca, and best known in Ghostbusters, or take a Sex and the City tour, stop by Carrie’s apartment for a photo opportunity on the stoop. Other notable itinerary stops could be Atlanta for the Walking Dead locations – Rick’s home and the CDC. In Atlanta, be on trend with Stranger Things stop by Hawkins Laboratory (really Emoray University Briarcliff Campus) and the local quarry for scenes featuring the teens searching for Will.
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