Movies can transport us to some of the most magical places and take us on some amazing adventures through cinema and television screens. Have you ever thought about actually visiting the locations from your favourite films, though? There are so many inspiring and breath-taking places to visit, all of which helped to set the scene for some iconic movies. At The Insurance Emporium, we want to help you explore the world. Check out our list of ten must-see movie locations to help inspire your next trip!
1. Hogwarts from ‘Harry Potter’
You can stay here in the UK for this one, so you won’t have to jump on your Nimbus 3000 and fly across the world! The ‘Harry Potter’ films used a few locations around the UK but many of the interior shots were at Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford. The most famous location might be the Great Hall in which Harry first put on the sorting hat.
2. Nakatomi Plaza from ‘Die Hard’
One fateful Christmas Eve, New York cop John McClane saved the office workers of Nakatomi Plaza from Hans Gruber and his band of baddies! If you head to 2121 Avenue of the Stars in Los Angeles, you’ll find Fox Plaza. This was the building used in ‘Die Hard’ – Yipee-kai-yay!
3. The Firehouse from ‘Ghostbusters’
Who ya gonna call? Well, you could try calling at 14 North Moore Street, New York City, where you’ll find the home of the ‘Ghostbusters’! Don’t expect to see Ecto-1 flying out of the doors, it’s actually a working firehouse and houses Hook & Ladder Company #8 of the New York Fire Department.
4. The Cherry Street Inn from ‘Groundhog Day’
The bed and breakfast where Bill Murray’s character stays in ‘Groundhog Day’ is not actually in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, where the film is set. You’ll have to head to Woodstock, Illinois to find the Royal Victorian Manner on 344 Freemont Street. Maybe you can “capture the true excitement of a large squirrel predicting the weather” whilst you’re there!
5. Amity Island from ‘Jaws’
We’re gonna need a bigger boat! If you want to take a look at the setting for Chief Brody’s battle with a giant shark, then Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts is the place to go! It’s a popular destination for a beach holiday… if you dare go into the water!
6. The Shire from ‘The Lord of the Rings’
If you find yourself on a quest to the North Island of New Zealand, you could head to Matamata, the home of ‘The Shire’ in the ‘Lord of the Rings’ films. There’ll be no “you shall not pass!” here, as the Hobbiton movie set is open to the public!
7. The Overlook Hotel from ‘The Shining’
Whilst much of ‘The Shining’s’ interior shots were filmed in England, the exterior of the Overlook Hotel was filmed in Mount Hood, Oregon at the Timberline Lodge. It’s still open for guests and there’s plenty to do. You could give skiing a try, after all, “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”!
8. Luke Skywalker’s childhood home from ‘Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope’
You don’t have to travel to a galaxy far, far away to find the home of a young Luke Skywalker! Hotel Sidi Driss in the village of Matamata, Tunisia (yes, that’s the same name as the Lord of the Rings village!) was used as the setting. The hotel is mostly underground and has become a pilgrimage for ‘Star Wars’ fans!
9. The McCallister family home from ‘Home Alone’
The ‘fun house’ house made famous by the burglar-beating trickster Kevin McAllister, played by MacAulay Culkin, is located just outside of Chicago on 671 Lincoln Avenue, Winnetka. Just don’t try and break in, you could end up suffering the same fate as the Wet Bandits!
10. The Wild West from ‘The Good, The Bad and The Ugly’
It might surprise you to find out that you don’t have to go Stateside to find the set of the classic Clint Eastwood western ‘The Good, The Bad and The Ugly’. The Tabernas Desert in Andalucía, Spain has been used as the setting for many western films and has its own Wild West town ‘ghost town’ to visit.
There are so many places to visit in the world that have been made famous in movies. If you’re looking to add some Hollywood magic to your adventures, visiting some of these locations could be ideal! It might be important to get some Travel Insurance for that extra peace of mind on your escapades! At The Insurance Emporium, our Travel Insurance* has four cover levels to choose from with a selection of Standard Benefits such as unlimited Medical Expenses cover**! Head to The Insurance Emporium to find out more!
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