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21 Spectacular Film Locations You Won't Believe Are In The UK

Westeros? Outer space? 1940s Brooklyn? Nope, these places are just around the corner.

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1. Langdale Pikes, Cumbria

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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

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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.

4. Marloes Sands, Pembrokeshire

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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.

6. Cheddar Gorge, Somerset

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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

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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.

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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

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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)

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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.

13. Wollaton Hall, Nottingham

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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.

16. Rye, East Sussex

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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.

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