• 8 million Brits reveal their holiday choices are inspired by on-screen locations
  • Game of Thrones, Harry Potter and James Bond have the most influence on holiday destinations
  • Discover the top tips to visiting your screen dream location holiday spots

Would you swap the West Indies for Westeros? Or the Hamptons for Hobbiton? New research from LV= has revealed more than eight million British holidaymakers  are choosing to live out their screen dreams by letting a TV show or movie location influence their holiday choice. Almost 30% of those surveyed said they chose their holiday destination because they liked the movie or TV show, while 17% of 'diehard' fans said they wanted to stand exactly where their favourite actor had stood. 

Here is a selection of some of the most popular locations and the TV shows or movies that inspired them.

Game of Thrones uses a huge variety of worldwide locations as backdrops, from Malta to Morocco and Iceland to Ireland. For a GoT inspired trip close to home, pop across to Castle Ward in Ireland, where fans can tour the filming locations and see the mountains, forests, castles and coastline that bring the Seven Kingdoms to life on-screen.

Everyone's favourite secret agent, James Bond, has missions which take him to glamorous locations all over the world. 007 enthusiasts can visit classic sites like 'James Bond island' in Thailand or more modern Bond screen locations like Mexico City and Venice.

Fans of the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies often make pilgrimages to New Zealand's North Island, not only to take in the lush scenery of 'Middle-Earth' but also to visit the Hobbiton film set.  Although much of the filming was done on a set, fans can immerse themselves in the fantasy by visiting exact reproductions of Bag End and The Green Dragon Inn.

The appeal of Friends and Sex and the City has brought thousands of visitors to New York City to follow in the footsteps of their favourite characters. Tours take holidaymakers to visit places like the apartment block where Monica, Rachel, Joe and Chandler lived – or the New York public library where Carrie Bradshaw was jilted by Big.   

Nick, our social media guru at LV=, is a self-confessed movie and TV locations aficionado. He's been known to plan his family holidays around visiting famous on-screen landmarks, from Los Angeles to Cardiff, and West Dorset to Southern Spain. Nick's put together his top tips to help other film buffs plan their screen dream holiday.