Have you ever wanted to study at Hogwarts or dance with princes and princesses in their castles? Even though these are just fantasies, there are a few real locations around the world where movies were shoot and you can actually visit as a tourist.
Every child who grew up with Harry Potter books has always dreamed to get a Hogwarts acceptance letter. It’s a castle in the town of Alnwick in the English country of Northumberland. Anlwick Castle featured as Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardy in the first two Harry Potter films. Scenes filmed at the castle include Harry’s first Quidditch lesson and the crash-landing of the flying Ford Anglia.
Bourne Wood is one of the most famous movie locations. There have been shoot dozens of movies such as the opening battle of Gladiator, Inkheart, Harry Potter, Snow White and the Huntsman, Captain America, Robin Hood and many many more. Besides its prestige in the film industry, Bourne Wood is also an important area environmentally—it’s home to several rare animal species.
This is where the famous Batmen was shot and it has its own fascinating history. The towers were actually created by Joseph Paxton (the creator of the world famous Crystal Palace). It had a much more important purpose during World War II – the British government chose Mentmore specifically to protect many of their national artworks.
The best choice for every horror movie fan. This hotel was used as the exterior or the creepy hotel in The Shining. Despite going through a brief decline caused by financial problems, the hotel is actually quite pleasant and popular nowadays, with plenty of options for skiing, music festivals and wedding venues. They even have a hearted pool, just in case you feel the urge to go swimming on a mountain 6.000ft above sea level.
Most Lord of The Rings fans know that the beautiful landscape that is portrayed in the movies was filmed on the island of New Zealand, but many don’t know much about the area itself. Most of the scenes were shot in the town of Matamata which became a tourist attraction.
Henry River Mill Village
Henry River Mill Village was once a bustling community filled with people working at the mill, but like most small towns based on failing industry, it crashed. The last person left town in the 1970, and the little village became a veritable ghost town. Curiously enough, the entire town is owned by one man, Wade shepherd, who had a little interest in his property until the producers for The Hunger games contacted him. Now he’s trying to sell the entire town for $14 million.
I hope we can all visit this places and enjoy the beauty and relaxing feeling they offer. Until then we can search for them on the internet and daydream about them.