Finding iconic English film characters through travel

Finding iconic English film characters through travel

I don’t know about you but I love visiting famous TV and Film locations when I travel. I love getting wrapped up in the shows and television that I am watching and to visit the filming locations helps me bring them even more to life. With the new smart television Panasonic have made it possible to feel like you are actually there when you are watching your shows but if you like me would still like to visit the real thing here are my five favorite places to bring iconic English characters to life! 

Being James Bond on the River Thames

When I was a little girl, my ideal man was Sean Connery as James Bond. My love of the franchise has only got stronger with each new Bond and if there is one way to feel like you can connect with the character James Bond it is by taking a Rib ride down the Thames. The thrill of the speed boat rushing past the most famous of London sites makes you really feel like you are in an action movie!

Finding Mr Darcy at Chatsworth House

I think any girl growing up in the 90s will be able to tell you about that iconic scene where Mr Darcy comes out of the lake. And what girl doesn’t dream of finding her own Mr. Darcy – if it’s good enough for Elizabeth Bennet and Bridget Jones right! Well you can go and get in touch with Mr Darcy at the fabulous Chatsworth House!

In the footsteps of Henry VIII at Hampton Court Palace

My all time favorite historical period has to be The Tudors and with every television of film adaption of the life of Henry VIII has only enhanced my fascination with this king! At Hampton Court Palace you really feel like you are walking in the very footsteps on the King himself and all the actor iterations that have been of him!

Feeling like a child on the hunt for Harry Potter in Oxford

Perhaps the most famous English fictional character ever to grace the silver screen. There are Harry Potter filming locations all over the country from London to Derbyshire,  but my favorite place to go on the hunt for Harry Potter is Oxford! There are Harry Potter filming locations scattered all across the city from the Bodelian Library, better known to Harry Potter fans as the Divinity Department to the cloisters at New College, the site of Goblet of Fire confrontation with Malfoy, to the Hogwarts Dining filmed at Christ Church College. Oxford is a real gem for Harry Potter fans!

Finding the Railway Children in Haworth

An oldie but a goodie that perhaps started my fascination with train travel. The Jenny Agutter drama is a staple in our household and the majority of the film was shot in an around Haworth. Haworth is a stunning Yorkshire town that still has a nostalgia about it. And if you are a railway children fan, then you could always go on a literary hunt as Haworth is the birthplace of the brilliant Bronte sisters.

Where is your favorite place to visit film and tv filming locations in the UK?

This post was written in collaboration with Panasonic Smart TVs.


  1. May 21, 2018 / 10:10 am

    That’s so much fun! The only film location I’ve been in the UK is the iconic blue book shop in Notting Hill but I loved seeing the Desperate Housewives set in Universal Studios in L.A.

    • May 21, 2018 / 11:41 am

      I love rom coms so I need to do a notting hill pilgrimage

  2. May 21, 2018 / 12:23 pm

    That’s a lot of fun. One of the best things about traveling!

  3. May 21, 2018 / 7:03 pm

    I am a total movie and film geek and this sounds awesome!! When I was a young adult I was lucky enough to visit Oxford and hunt out some Harry Potter sets, but this was back when only about 4 books were published and it wasn’t really a ‘thing’ to do (I was just being a geek, lol). I would love to go back and take my kids all over the country and find every Harry Potter set there is!..Plus a few My Darcy ones too..;-)

  4. May 21, 2018 / 8:36 pm

    I’m not really one for filming sites but as you can imagine, Glasgow and various other Scottish locations are getting rather busy with Outlander tours… Me, I couldn’t get into it, watched a few episodes. Harry Potter sites I would happily tour though.. I mean, who wouldnt?

  5. May 22, 2018 / 8:33 am

    I do love a Pride and Prejudice pilgrimage! We went to Lyme Park where some of it was also filmed and I loved it! Must also check out some of these, they look fab! #MondayEscapes

  6. May 22, 2018 / 8:45 am

    While most people go to Chatsworth House to find Mr. Darcy, I went to find the Duchess of Devonshire! I looove the film The Duchess with Keira Knightly! My post on Chatsworth is coming Monday! #CityTripping

  7. May 24, 2018 / 1:26 pm

    Love this! I’m the same, really enjoy visiting famous film scenes. Kenwood House and Notting Hill are great for reliving the Notting Hill movie. Need to go to Chatsworth House – love Austen. Really like Haworth…you can see the inspiration behind Whuthering Heights! Thanks for linking #citytripping

  8. May 31, 2018 / 7:51 pm

    Love this post Leona! Visiting film sets is one of my fave things to do whilst on holiday. We are so lucky to lie close to Gloucester Cathedral where part of Harry Potter was filmed;) #MondayEscapes

    • May 31, 2018 / 7:52 pm

      I have never been to Gloucester! Maybe we should plan a visit soon

  9. June 3, 2018 / 11:01 am

    We are not far from Hawarth it is the prettiest place to visit and wander the streets, of course it is also famous for the Bronte sisters x

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