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Top 10 movie locations you can visit in real life

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This week Hunt For The Wilderpeople hits British cinemas. A box office smash in its native New Zealand, the comedy-drama about a city kid (Julian Dennison) and his foster uncle (Sam Neill) showcases some of the country’s most beautiful landscapes. Here are 10 fabulous film locations for the aspiring armchair traveller.

 

1. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006)

Come on in, the water’s lovely

Come on in, the water’s lovely

The timber-shivering sequel was filmed in the volcanic Caribbean island of St Vincent, where Walliabou Bay became ‘Port Royal’ and where Captain Jack (Johnny Depp) made his dramatic entrance. Head for the scenic island of Dominica if you’re keen to see the real-life ‘Cannibal Island’, where we are glad to say diving and hiking are more popular than flesh-eating.

 

2. Jurassic Park (1993)

Please do not feed the animals

Please do not feed the animals

The Hawaiian island of Kauai became the setting for the iconic dino movie. During filming, a hurricane laid waste to the sets but the production pressed on, with most of the shoot taking place on the beautiful island. The opening scene was filmed in Limahuli Garden, which is open for tours. You can take a boat or helicopter tour around the Na Pali Coast, where they shot the first glimpses of ‘Isla Nublar.’

 

3. The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring (2001)

“All mod cons available…”

“All mod cons available…”

New Zealand is famously the setting for all of Peter Jackson’s Middle Earth films. You could spend a few weeks darting to different locations in both North and South islands, but head for Mantamata for a glimpse of the real Hobbiton, where you can see a restored version of the set, take a tour and have lunch at The Green Dragon Inn. For jaw-dropping views, visit Tongariro National Park, which also features in Hunt For The Wilderpeople.

The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring is available now on Virgin Movies

 

4. Thelma & Louise (1991)

Parking is ample

Parking is ample

The third act of the feminist road movie was filmed in and around Utah, where the sandstone landscapes of the La Sal Mountains doubled for New Mexico. If you’re keen to see the scene of the police chase, head for Cisco, and give the real-life Grand Canyon a wide birth if you’re after authenticity: Dead Horse Point State Park near Moab is the setting for the iconic moment.

 

5. Roman Holiday (1953)

Roman around

Roman around

There’s no place like Rome, so the Italian capital is the true star of the Oscar-winning Audrey Hepburn movie. Stroll to the Spanish Steps, where Joe (Gregory Peck) tempted the princess with an ice cream, and take a gawp at via Margutta 51, which was his apartment. Other scenes took place at Palazzo Colonna and the 19th century Palazzo Brancaccio.

 

6. In Bruges (2008)

It’s like a postcard

It’s like a postcard

Guess where this one was filmed? You got it. The Belgian city is a stunning backdrop for the dark comedy about a couple of hit men attempting to lie low, and it’s a fun place to visit. Check into the Relais Bourgondisch Cruyce Hotel to follow in Colin Farrell’s footsteps, and visit the Belfry, where a key climatic scene takes place. Other sights featured include the Jerusalem Church and the Groeninge Museum.

In Bruges is available now on Virgin Movies

 

7. Highlander (1986)

There can be only one

There can be only one

While some filming of the cult classic took place in the US, key scenes were filmed in Scotland. The 13th century Eilean Donan Castle on the islet of Dornie is the village Macleod is banished from, while the battle between warring Scottish tribes took place at Buachaille Etive Beag, Glencoe. Braveheart and Skyfall also filmed here. 

 

8. Hot Fuzz (2007)

It’s more than a one-horse town

It’s more than a one-horse town

The fictitious town of Standford is a gorgeous English town, and Edgar Wright chose to film his crime comedy in England’s smallest city, Wells in Somerset. The city’s Market Square is at the centre of the action - grab a pint at The Crown At Wells on the square if you want to following the footsteps of Nick Frost and Simon Pegg.

Hot Fuzz is available now on Virgin Movies

 

9. The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

Check out is at noon

Check out is at noon

Wes Anderson’s fabulous film is set in the imaginary country of Zubrowka and filmed in Germany. Some of the most scenic locations are around the historic town of Gorlitz in eastern Germany, where the former department store the Gorlitzer Warenhaus became the hotel lobby. Originally threatened with demolition, the store is now being restored.

 

10. The Adventures Of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert (1994)

Drag racing, anyone?

Drag racing, anyone?

The delightful drag queen comedy-drama was filmed in some of Australia’s most jaw-dropping locations, including Sydney’s Opera House and Harbour Bridge before the desert scenes arrive. Head to mining town Broken Hill, or the ghost town of Silverton, which also features in Mad Max 2. King’s Canyon and Alice Springs are must-sees.