It has been such a long time since I last wrote a blog post, I have never been so busy with coursework in my life. I worked so hard to finish my 2nd year studying tourism but I finished it and could not be happier!
I now have a full year placement back at home helping with products and contracting for Great Rail Journeys. I am so excited to get into some serious travel work and I am truly inspired to get this blog thriving with new posts.
I was thinking as a great start as I have spent some serious time watching so many movies and tv shows I thought let’s see if you can travel to these places. I’ve picked some awesome destinations that can help mix Travel and our well-loved Netflix life together.
1. X-Men: Apocalypse , Canada
With the most recent X-Men filmed added to the incredible series, I loved the most recent film X-Men: Apocalypse and honestly who wouldn’t want to go to Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters. Well now you can, Canada is the heart of Xmen’s locations so why not go and see the school which has been filmed in many beautiful historic buildings including Casa Loma and you could even go to the Gooderham-Worts, Distillery in Toronto where you first see Wolverine and it is also where they filmed Magneto first discovering his powers.
2. Game of Thrones, Belfast
The majority of the filming for this incredible tv series is set in Belfast which is now currently into it’s Sixth Season (for those of you who have not seen it, please watch it take this from a latecomer to the series and I have battled to avoid spoilers whilst powering through it so beware there may be spoilers in this section)! The Stangford Castle Ward Estate in County Down, Northern Ireland is transformed into Winterfell. The other filming locations include Iceland where most of the filming for The Wall is done and you can even see the cave of Grjotagja where Jon Snow and Ygritte slept together. Croatia, Spain, Malta and Morocco are used for Slaver’s Bay, the Dothraki Sea, Qarth and the Free Cities. Go on why not go to these beautiful places they are so close by and you could experience Game of Thrones (minus the violence).
Experience the Game of Thrones experience in Belfast and go to http://visitbelfast.com/things-to-do/theme/game-of-thrones and choose from many of their tours including The Game of Thrones Winterfell Cycle Trail costing around £27pp.
3. Legend, Shoreditch
I honestly absolutely loved this film…not just because there were two Tom Hardy’s but it was so incredible and if you haven’t seen it I highly recommend it. The Kray Twins old cell where they held Ronnie and Reggie back in 1960’s. The building has now been converted into a 128-room boutique hotel known as The Courthouse Shoreditch Hotel. The cells have been incorporated into a whole bar area which would be a really awesome experience and the theme’s carry on into the hotel rooms which start from around £159. The whole decor is so immersive and extremely modern so maybe just this once you may actually want to spend a night in the ‘old nick’.
4. Harry Potter, all over the UK.
Literally my entire childhood was built around the Harry Potter films, father and daughter bonding every year became a treasured tradition watching the films develop. It is so great that there are so many locations to visit in the UK including Alnwick Castle used for the exterior shots of Hogwarts (price for the Castle: Adult £14 Children 5-16 years: £7.20). Gloucester Cathedral used for some beautiful interior shots including the iconic scene for the Chamber of Secrets. Or why not take a different route, by train perhaps take The Jacobite Steam Train used as the Hogwarts Express or the Glenfinnan (Adult £8.80 Children under 15: £4.40) with the Viaduct used as the ‘bridge to Hogwarts’.
5. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Guys…the new Star Wars film made me so excited for the next ones and I legitimately got emotional with BB8 and I am on a mission to have my own. I am also really pleased to say that some of the most iconic scenes were filmed so close to home (being Yorkshire, for those that live a bit further afield)! The most iconic scene right at the end was filmed at Skelling Michael off the coast of County Kerry, Ireland, please stop reading if you don’t want to read and spoilers! You could take a walk up the 618 steps and you may even have Luke Skywalker waiting at the top for you (probably not…but it doesn’t hurt to use that as motivation to get up them steps if the amazing view isn’t enough). You could even visit the forest where Rey is captured by Kylo Ren when they visited Maz Kanata in Puzzlewood in the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire.
Not gonna lie…I am sat here now looking at all these being like ‘Damn…I have a lot of places to visit’. The top on my list definitely has to be Skelling Michael for that incredible view (those Instagram pictures would be impressive!).
I really enjoyed writing this and feel really inspired to write more if you have any suggestions for what you would like to see my write about feel free to comment on this post.
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