Top 10 filming and tourism locations in the UK

08 Sep 2019

2019 is an exciting year for fans of television shows filmed in Britain. The conclusion of the epic 8-season fantasy drama "Game of Thrones" was viewed by millions in late spring, while other popular programmes such as "Peaky Blinders" return to our screens later this summer.

Have you ever considered visiting the locations of your favourite shows? If the answer is yes, you’re not alone. "Set-jetting" is a growing trend, with more and more travellers seeking out the places movies and TV shows are filmed.

Here are our top 10 filming locations you can visit in the UK.

Kynance Cove, Cornwall -- one of the locations featured in "Poldark"

1. Cornwall

Noticeable throughout Cornwall, the "Poldark" effect has been felt particularly in the locations where the show is filmed.

Visitors can choose from Kynance Cover, with its white sand, rugged rocky fringe and azure waters, the wild landscape of Bodmin Moor or the historic port of Charlestown.

Hallagenna Riding -- a horse-riding and pony-trekking school on Bodmin Moor -- has launched a "Poldark Trail", allowing visitors to ride on horseback through some of the countryside featured in the series. The instructor, Jennie Cootes, helped to handle the horses used in filming while "Poldark" was shot in the Bodmin area.

Highclere Castle, Hampshire, where world-famous period drama "Downton Abbey" is set

2. Hampshire

The worldwide fame of the period drama "Downton Abbey" has been reflected in the number of themed events held at the Hampshire castle used for filming.

During September and October, 2019, visitors to Highclere Castle are invited to visit for special events. The Real Lives & Film Sets and the Castle Tours, Costumes & Cocktails events coincide with the September 2019 release of the "Downton Abbey" movie.

A view from Glencoe in the Scottish Highlands was used in the opening credits of "Outlander", season one

3. Scotland

Time-travelling drama series "Outlander" shines a spotlight on the beauty of Scotland's remarkable scenery. First released in 2014, the captivating show has a fifth series on the way, with the premiere expected in early 2020.

Filmed in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stirling, Perth and the Highlands, "Outlander" provides a set-jetter with the dream itinerary.

There are many ways to see the  , from an epic 12-day driving tour of Scotland to a smaller scale one-day adventure.

Gas Street Basin -- Birmingham’s canal networks feature heavily in "Peaky Blinders"

4. Birmingham

"Peaky Blinders", an extremely popular crime drama set just after World War I, is coming back for a fifth series in late summer 2019. The show is set in Birmingham and has enticed many visitors to the Midlands since it first aired in 2013.

Myriad tours and themed events, pubs and restaurants have sprung up across Birmingham in recent years. On a visit, you can crack codes and brainteasers during a live escape game or join one of the Peaky Tours run by local historian Professor Carl Chinn MBE.

If you're visiting during September 2019, head to The Legitimate "Peaky Blinders" Festival, which has been co-curated by show creator Steven Knight.

The rugged landscapes of the North York Moors have been used as a setting for many movies and television shows

5. Yorkshire

Yorkshire is a popular setting for a number of shows and films -- from various adaptations of "Wuthering Heights", to popular television shows old and new, such as "Heartbeat", "Gentleman Jack" and "Peaky Blinders".

Proving how important screen tourism is to the area, Peter Dodd, Welcome to Yorkshire’s Commercial Directo, told us:

“We can see the direct impact the small screen can have on tourism with the news that Shibden Hall -- one of the key locations for the hit show 'Gentleman Jack' -- is having to extend its opening hours after seeing visitor numbers increase of 700%.”

Professor David Wilson is the Director of Bradford UNESCO City of Film and conducts regular tours of the film and TV locations in the city -- "Peaky Blinders" especially is a big draw. Visitors to the city can also follow the Bradford Movie Trail.

The spectacular cliffs of West Bay in Dorset were the breathtaking backdrop to ITV crime drama "Broadchurch"

6. Dorset

Dorset is a fantastic county for a holiday and a spot of exploring, and it’s even better if you’re visiting as a fan of "Broadchurch".

For set-jetters wanting to explore the filming locations along the dramatic Jurassic Coast, Visit Dorset has created the On the Broadchurch Trail, a themed itinerary for fans of the show. Make sure you take a break during your day for a slice of cake and a cup of coffee at the Watch House Café, used frequently during series one.

Chatham Dockyard was used as the backdrop to "Call the Midwife" for its Georgian and Victorian buildings

7. Kent

While the BBC drama "Call the Midwife" is set in 1950s Poplar in East London, the exterior shots for the programme are actually filmed in Kent.

The Historic Dockyard in Chatham was selected due to its 17th- and 18th-century buildings.

Drop by the dockyard, where a costumed midwife will take you on an adventure around the site -- you'll experience the atmosphere of 1950s London surrounded by the beauty of the county.

Lyme Park, Cheshire, the setting for the BBC’s 1995 adaptation of "Pride and Prejudice"

8. Cheshire

The 1995 BBC adaptation of Jane Austen’s "Pride and Prejudice" is a firm favourite for lovers of television period dramas.

Lyme Park in Cheshire is a stunning house and estate on the outskirts of the Peak District and was used as the exterior for Pemberley -- Mr Darcy’s estate.

Take the self-guided Pemberley Walk at Lyme to follow in Elizabeth Bennet's footsteps. Ensure you walk to the far side of the South Lake to witness an image of the hall reflected in the water of the lake -- a vision made famous by the popular series.

The Radcliffe Camera building at Oxford University which featured in "Inspector Morse"

9. Oxford

"Inspector Morse" has taken on a life of its own in Oxford, with loyal fans visiting some of the watering holes featured in the show. Set-jetters can experience this for themselves with Brit Movie Tours, which runs an Inspector Morse Oxford Pub Tour by Private Taxi.

Experience Oxfordshire, along with many other operators, offers "Inspector Morse" walking tours. When visiting Oxford, ensure you take the time to wander around the phenomenal university buildings; perhaps the most recognisable is the Radcliffe Camera building, which houses the Radcliffe Science Library and was seen in the programme many times.

The Dark Hedges, County Antrim, which was the setting for the Kingsroad in "Game of Thrones"

10. Northern Ireland

There’s no denying the power of "Game of Thrones" -- a staggering 19.3 million people watched the final episode. One of the main filming locations for the famed HBO series was Northern Ireland and as a result the country has seen tourism soar.

Visit breathtaking sites such as the Dark Hedges in County Antrim, which was the setting for the Kingsroad on a McComb’s Game of Thrones Tour. Alternatively, visitors looking for an immersive experience could opt for The Kings' Banquet at Winterfell -- dress up in "Stark cloaks" and dine on the same menu that was set before King Robert, Queen Cersei and Joffrey at Winterfell in the series.

A UK break to any of these places coupled with a visit to a captivating filming location makes for a fantastic experience for lovers of film and television.

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