- Harry Potter fans can visit the village that inspired the series, or see real sets
- New Zealand is the ultimate long-haul for Tolkien movie fans
- Follow in the pawsteps of family favourite Paddington Bear
Tired of your go-to holiday hotspot? Not inspired by a short break in a popular city? Unimpressed with the idea of a staycation now that it’s winter? At LV= we love holidays, but where shall we go for the next trip?
Well, perhaps something more novel may just do the trick, especially if you’re a fan of movies.
The intrepid people at Just the Flight have put together an infographic of fictional destinations that you can actually visit. Here’s our pick of the bunch.
Harry Potter – Glencoe, Scotland
J.K. Rowling painted a very vivid and scenic picture of the world Harry Potter and his pals live in, presenting film makers with a very difficult task when bringing the books to the silver screen.
Thankfully, such a place does exist – the superbly picturesque Glencoe Village, which sits at the foot of the eponymous Mountains, is a charming place to potter about in and did the movies justice.
In addition to the village in Scotland, Warner Brothers Studio in Watford is home to “The Making of Harry Potter” which houses many of the unique sets and props that were used throughout the making of the films. This past October marked the opening of a new section devoted entirely to the Dark Arts – the Studio Tour’s first permanent addition since it opened in 2012. Visitors can now explore where Lord Voldemort and his followers made their headquarters, as well as seeing a life-like model of Lord Voldemort’s 20-foot snake Nagini.
The Lord of the Rings – Matamata, New Zealand
If ever there were a case of art imitating life, it is in the rural town of Matamata in New Zealand. The hilly, resplendent landscape of the area was simply perfect for Peter Jackson’s cinematic interpretation of the Shire.
So expertly conceived was the design of the Hobbit’s home – it blends effortlessly, as was intended, into the scenery - the New Zealand government decided to keep it as a tourist attraction.
Up – Angel Falls, Venezuela
Disney and Pixar delivered a fantastic, life-affirming and feel-good movie with Up in 2009. It tells the story of a 78-year-old man who decides to fulfil a lifelong ambition to visit South America.
Key to this trip is a desire to see Paradise Falls, which is inspired by the awesome Angel Falls in Venezuela. Home to the world’s highest waterfall at 979 metres, it is as breathtaking as destinations come.
Paddington – London, England
Whilst it may not be a foreign adventure, London is home to one of Britain’s most beloved characters – Paddington Bear. The new film, due to be released on November 28th, sees our favourite bear getting up to mischief throughout the sights and sounds of London.
For those unfamiliar with the famous landmarks visited by Paddington, Brit Movie Tours have created the Paddington Bear Tour of London to allow visitors to see some of the locations used in the film. The tour launches Easter 2015 and bookings are available now.