4 Famous Movie Locations You Can Actually Visit

Plenty of your favourite films have been shot in locations you can visit in real life.

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If checking out any iconic film sets you can visit sounds like the perfect road trip, let this list be your guide. Betway have gathered 4 of the coolest movie sets and film sites around the world, locations that you can plan your vacation around, or perhaps even make the focal point of your trip. CGI technology has come on in leaps and bounds, but there’s no substitute for using real scenery on-screen, plenty of your favourite films have been shot in locations you can visit in real life.

Harry Potter – London

Warner Bros. Harry Potter Experience Studio Tour, London

No list of famous film locations would be complete without the Harry Potter series, and London is everything you’d hope it to be: full of old-world charm, architecturally beautiful, and the perfect setting for a movie about witches and wizards in training. While a lot of the scenes were filmed in the huge Warner Bros. Studio Hertfordshire – which you can take a tour of – you can easily find shooting locations all around the city. The most famous ones include King’s Cross Station with the infamous Platform 9¾, St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel, and Leadenhall Market, where beautiful classical buildings transported moviegoers to another world.

500 Days of Summer (The Bench) – Los Angeles

Luckily, you can visit the spot where Tom and Summer first and last united. The “Angels Knoll” is at the foot of Bunker Hill in downtown Los Angeles and was briefly closed to the public. According to Curbed, it is likely to become a UCLA vertical campus or a place with shops and restaurants, as much of central LA is being renovated, but it is presently open again for you to sit there one last time and listen to The Smiths or The Pixies. Or anything else from that absolutely genius soundtrack.

Jurassic Park – Hawaii

It really does look like a land before time, and no doubt was an obvious choice for filming a remote island where dinosaurs are being cloned and brought back to life. When Jurassic Park came out, it was hailed for its CGI which, today, may seem tame, but at the time was incredible (and super scary for kids). A lot of the filming took place at the beautiful Kualoa Ranch, which was also used as a location for movies such as Godzilla and the recently released Jumanji – Welcome to the Jungle. Hawaii’s natural beauty has long been a prime filming location for producers seeking out beaches, mountains, waterfalls, rivers, and dense jungles.

Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters from X-Men – Canada

Hatley Castle, located in British Columbia was shown as the exterior for Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters in the X-Men series movies. It first appeared in Generation X, a made-for-TV movie in 1996, but later it found its way into X-Men, X-Men United, and X-Men: The Last Stand. Twentieth Century Fox also used this same castle in Ontario for exteriors, while movie sets on a soundstage in Los Angeles were used to shoot interiors.

Amilia Totten
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Amilia Totten is a freelance writer, photographer and erstwhile time-waster. Her eclectic film favourites include the latest Hollywood blockbuster to European avant-garde and the joys of Bollywood.

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