What are the ultimate filming locations around the world?
If you are a movie fan, there really is no better vacation than a tour of some of the world’s most iconic filming locations. Many of the best films in history were shot on location, and most locations are open to the public. Here we take a look at the some of the best filming locations from around the world:
Lord of the Rings – New Zealand
Over the past decade, some of the most visually spectacular movies created were Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies. These were all filmed on location in New Zealand and fans can visit the old sets, see the scenery and experience the wide, expansive open spaces that were seen in the movies.
There are several tour companies in New Zealand that arrange Lord of the Rings tours where you can take on the sites from the screen and even visit Hobbiton and the snowcapped mountain peaks of the Southern Alps of Middle Earth.
If you love film, you will love London. The beauty of London is that so many iconic movies have been shot there and it is a relatively small area to visit.
In addition, in the suburbs of London there are several film studios and parts open to the public, such as Elstree Film Studios, where Indiana Jones, the Star Wars trilogies, Superman and Paddington Bear were all filmed.
At London’s Warner Brothers studios, you can take in the Harry Potter Experience where you can see the sets from the movies and even try some Butterbeer in the backlot bar.
Movies that were actually shot on London streets and venues include the National Portrait Gallery’s Portrait restaurant that was used in Closer with Julia Roberts, Greenwich that featured in Gulliver’s Travels and Les Miserables, Kings Cross Station that appears in the Harry Potter movies, and of course the famous Notting Hill in the film of the same name.
Closer to home is Wisconsin. This may not sound like a filming location, but many of America’s greatest gangster movies were shot on location here.
Wisconsin was the state where Chicago gangsters such as Al Capone and John Dillinger went off to hide in when they were pursued by the FBI and police. It featured in movies such as Michael Mann’s Public Enemies and the movie John Dillinger, which starred Johnny Depp.
Many of the locations are from both real events and the movies that portrayed them. You can visit the Little Bohemia Lodge in Manitowish Waters where the Dillinger gang fought the FBI. The restaurant was used in Public Enemies.
You can also visit the Lafayette County Courthouse in Darlington where Johnny Depp stood trial in Public Enemies. Several Public Enemies scenes were filmed in Milwaukee, including a bank robbery scene at the Milwaukee County Historical Society building; this building used to be the bank.
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There are many other fantastic movie locations you can visit, these are but a few that are on offer. All are relatively easy to get to and tour companies can assist with accommodation and transfers at all. If you love movies, make your next vacation a tour of your favorite filming location.