1. Langdale Pikes, Cumbria
It might look like some unexplored fantasy land, but these breathtaking peaks are in the heart of the Lake District. They played host to Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth during the filming of Snow White and the Huntsman.
2. Blea Tarn, Cumbria
Blea Tarn may sound like something out of A Song of Ice and Fire, but the mountain lake is actually another feature of the Little Langdale area used for Snow White, albeit with lashings of CGI.
3. Cathedral Cave in Little Langdale, Cumbria
Cathedral Cave, a secret 40-foot-high hole hidden deep under Little Langdale, was also used for the film.
4. Marloes Sands, Pembrokeshire
Aside from extravagant fairytale towers added digitally to nearby Gateholm Island, this Welsh beach is shown in Snow White just the way it is in real life.
5. Bourne Woods, Surrey
Stewart saves Hemsworth from a troll among these trees in the same movie.
6. Cheddar Gorge, Somerset
The Westcountry’s geographic pride and joy was exploited by filmmakers for 2013’s big budget fantasy epic Jack the Giant Slayer. Producers built a 100-metre track on the top of the cliffs for their cameras but had to abandon filming when wind speeds whipped up to over 15mph.
7. Norwich Cathedral
Bryan Singer’s film, which stars Nicholas Hoult, also used the 12th-century cathedral in Norwich as a stand-in for a fairytale castle. Well over 100 years in the making and free to visit, it’s one of the most stunning cathedrals in the country. The BBC produced a story on the venue’s transformation for the film.
8. Hampton Court Palace
Soho VFX used photographs of Hampton Court Palace and Bodiam Castle to inform the creation of sets for the Kingdom of Cloister in Jack the Giant Slayer.
Hoult and Eleanor Tomlinson at the Jack the Giant Slayer press junket, Hampton Court Palace, Surrey, on 12 February 2013.
9. Puzzlewood, Gloucestershire
Jack the Giant Slayer also took advantage of this sprawling 14-acre wonderland in the Forest of Dean.
A maze of twisted trees and verdant intrigue, Puzzlewood has also played host to TV shows such as Merlin, Doctor Who, and Atlantis, and apparently made a big impression on J.R.R. Tolkien.
10. Ashridge Estate, Hertfordshire
The bombastic 2012 epic Les Misérables might have been set in revolutionary France, but large portions were shot in England. Ashridge Estate stood in for the outskirts of Paris in the middle of winter.
11. Ashridge Estate (again)
The estate’s Frithsden Beeches, the product of leaving a large wood to nature, also appealed to the film’s producers. It was also a big draw for the makers of Sleepy Hollow.
12. Redcar, North Yorkshire
This windswept beach stood in for Dunkirk during the filming of Atonement in 2006, with locals playing the parts of the soldiers.
Looking for Wayne Manor as it appeared in The Dark Knight Rises, the final part of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy? It’s an Elizabethan manor in Nottingham, and entry is free.
14. Northern Quarter, Manchester
The region’s pre-war buildings were transformed into 1940s Brooklyn for 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger, which saw a crew of 500 spend £1 million in the area.
John Francis Bentley’s Byzantine touches made Westminster Cathedral ideal for the role of a 16th-century Spanish palace in 2007’s Elizabeth: The Golden Age.
16. Rye, East Sussex
The tiny English town, which is two miles from the sea, was overrun by the likes of George Clooney, Matt Damon, and Bill Murray last year when it acted as a German market town for the filming of The Monuments Men.
Windswept Downhill Beach, on the Causeway Coast, was used as Dragonstone in Game of Thrones. Melisandre did her whole “night is dark and full of terrors” thing here.
18. The Mourne Mountains
Northern Ireland’s rugged terrain looms large in Game of Thrones.
A twisted passageway of 200-year-old trees planted by the Stuart family in Northern Ireland, the Dark Hedges plays host to Arya and Gendry in the second season of Game of Thrones.
20. Old Man of Storr, Isle of Skye
This empty landscape was picked by Ridley Scott for Prometheus. It was the first outdoor UK location for any of the Alien films.
21. Glen Coe, Scotland
This epic landscape was used in scenes showing the film’s titular spaceship’s first landing on a distant planet.
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