For decades now, Britain has been one of the go-to places for savvy location managers looking for the perfect backdrops to film their big-budget Hollywood movies, TV productions and music videos.
And people love to visit these locations in order to capture their beauty in a selfie or relive a favourite scene from a film or Television programme.
Getting to Britain couldn’t be easier or more fun, explained Diane Poole from Stena Line: “Stena Line offers four great routes from Ireland to Britain and there is no better way to travel when visiting the fantastic locations made famous by the big screen.
By taking the car on holiday, visitors have the opportunity to take in as much of Britain as they want to and get to see the sights of the magical locations that appeared in the likes of Skyfall, Harry Potter and Braveheart.
“What’s more, don’t miss out on the chance to bring a friend for free when you book a new motorist fare by May 22 as part of Stena Line’s celebrations of National Ferry Fortnight.
“With this show stopping offer you can travel up to December 17, and with prices starting from just £79 single for a car plus 2, it’s time to ring a buddy or tell a family member they’re going to Britain for a Hollywood themed trip, for free!
“There are many reasons to have a short break in Britain but a visit to locations seen on the big and small screen is such an exciting way to spend time with the family and make some lovely memories,” concluded Diane.
Set sail to Britain with Stena Line and visit some of these magical locations:-
- Stanley Dock – the grade two listed buildings in the Vauxhall area of the city were used for the filming of Sherlock Holmes, starring Robert Downey Jnr and Jude Law, as well the 2011 American superhero film Captain America: The First Avenger.
- Woolton Picture House – this cinema in the Woolton area of Liverpool can be spotted in the film Nowhere Boy, a biopic of John Lennon’s adolescence. Nowhere Boy was nominated for four BAFTA awards, including Outstanding British Film and Outstanding Debut by a British director. Lennon’s old school Calderstones also features in the film.
- Faulkner Street – just a stone’s throw away from Liverpool Cathedral, Falkner Street provided the backdrop for scenes of the British drama series Foyle’s War, which is shot entirely on location in Liverpool.
- Many of the scenes in Florence Foster Jenkins starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant, though set in New York City, were filmed in Liverpool. In one part the characters can be seen stepping out of Liverpool’s Royal Liver Building.
- Dale Street – this street in the Northern Quarter was chosen as it was decided it looked like 1940s New York, for use in the film Captain America: The First Avenger just after Captain America’s transformation.
- Manchester Town Hall was used in the Daniel Radcliffe film Victor Frankenstein, as well as Sherlock and the Iron Lady as a double for the House of Commons.
- Emmerdale The Village Tour is a tour of the outdoor TV set which is located within the Harewood Estate in Leeds. The gates are opened to the public on selected dates with cast and crew downing scripts for the weekend to allow visitors to enjoy an exclusive tour of the popular, fictional village.
- Glen Coe – Used in driving scenes in Skyfall, the road through Glen Coe is one of the most famous driving routes in the country, surrounded by mountains with lots of picturesque spots to stop for a photograph.
- Doune Castle – Located just a few miles north of Stirling, Doune Castle was used not only as Castle Leoch from Outlander, but also the Castle of Guy de Lombard in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and even features a guided audio tour narrated by Monty Python’s Terry Jones.
- Glenfinnan Viaduct – located west of Fort William, the Glenfinnan Viaduct was completed in 1901 and was used as a bridge that carried the Hogwarts Express in the Harry Potter films.
- Rosslyn Chapel – near Edinburgh, Rosslyn Chapel was featured in the Da Vinci Code, and has more than 100 carvings and scenes depicted in stone.
- Glen Nevis – this stunningly beautiful valley in the shadow of Britain’s highest mountain Ben Nevis is where scenes from Braveheart were filmed. There are plenty of walks to enjoy in the glen, many of which start from the Braveheart car park, which was created as a parking spot for the film vehicles.
Anyone who books a new motorist fare by May 22 to Britain on the Belfast – Cairnryan and Belfast – Liverpool, Dublin – Holyhead, Rosslare – Fishguard routes as well as the Harwich – Hook of Holland route with leading ferry company Stena Line, gets to bring a friend for free* (for travel up to December 17)!
Visit www.stenaline.co.uk/buddy and book your trips to Britain now using offer code: BUDDY.
*Terms and conditions apply. See the Stena Line website for full details. Must book 48 hours in advance. Excludes vans, freight and foot passengers. Not available in conjunction with any other offers or promotions including Tesco Clubcard Boost tokens. Offer is available on new Economy, Flexi or Premium motorist fares. Offer not available for Premium fares on Dublin to Holyhead and Rosslare to Fishguard not included.