Top five UK movie locations

Not all blockbusters are set in Hollywood. We've compiled our top five UK movie locations to inspire you in your holiday choices. Follow in the footsteps of some of the biggest stars of the silver screen and you'll find there's more to UK holidays than meets the eye.

Oxford Light - November - flickr - tejvanphotosOxford
Oxford University isn't the only academic institution for which the city is famous. Make like Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe and co.  and hot foot it to the City of Dreaming Spires and visit some of the locations used in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. You'll recognise Oxford University's world-famous Bodleian Library from the big screen - check out the Divinity School or take a guided tour to see where Harry, Hermione and Ron swotted up in Duke Humphrey's Library (Hogwarts library to those in the know). Don't miss Christ Church College and its Great Hall - used as Hogwarts Dining Hall, you'll have seen the wizards-in-training refuelling here. The makers of Harry Potter aren't the only ones to have recognised Oxford's potential. Visit the old haunts of Inspector Morse; keep an eye out for the cast of Lewis on one of their regular filming stints; or get your bearings in the city of the Nicole Kidman film The Golden Compass. Entrance fees apply to several locations, so check the University's website.

City of Wells, Somerset
Wells Cathedral, Somerset - flickr - IDS.photosSomerset holidays may never be the same again...It may be England's smallest city, but the City of Wells is no stranger to the silver screen.  It's hard to picture screeching tyres and grisly goings-on in this tranquil spot, but fans of Hot Fuzz know better. Wells is otherwise known as the fictional village of Sandford, where Simon Pegg and Nick Frost took on the sinister Neighbourhood Watch Alliance, and won. Nestling on the southern side of the Mendip Hills (don't forget your walking boots!), this small, mediaeval settlement is elevated to city status by the presence of the 13th century cathedral. Stock up on local produce at the regular markets, lose yourself in the narrow streets and breathe in the fresh, Somerset air. Don't miss the moated Bishop's Palace, where'll you find the springs that gave the city its name. 

Notting Hill - flickr - Olivier BruchezW11, Notting Hill
No prizes for guessing which romantic comedy was filmed in this corner of London. Choose from our London apartments and make your way to Portobello Road. Although the travel bookshop that inspired the one where bumbling Will and Hollywood starlet Anna first cross paths has moved just around the corner, you'll still recognise the original premises from the film. Immerse yourself in the sounds and smells of the market that formed the heart of the 1999 hit that followed up the hugely successful Four Weddings and Funeral. Head to Westbourne Park Road and hunt down Will's bachelor pad, which now has a black door (the iconic blue one was auctioned off for charity).  If you're lucky, you may meet your very own Julia Roberts or Hugh Grant!

Edinburgh Castle - flickr - Aaron_CaskeyThe 1996 film Trainspotting may have shown a rather gritty Edinburgh, but holiday in one of our cottages in Scotland and see what Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle and Jonny Lee Miller missed.  Culture vultures shouldn't miss the plethora of festivals Edinburgh hosts; the Edinburgh Fringe and Military Tattoo to name but two. Or start the New Year in style with a traditional Edinburgh Hogmanay. Those in search of retail therapy should take their pick from Edinburgh apartments and make a beeline to Princes Street, the city's main shopping street. Walk the Royal Mile through the Old Town to Edinburgh Castle. Or pay a visit Holyrood Palace, the Queen's official residence in Scotland, to see how  the other half live.  Whatever you choose to do, you'll soon discover a side to the city that Sickboy, Spud and Renton sadly missed out on.

Portmeirion - flickr - lostajyPortmeirion, Gwynedd, North Wales

OK, so this isn't strictly a movie location, but it is where the 1960s cult TV series The Prisoner was filmed. Known simply as 'The Village' in the series, this is where former secret agent 'Number Six' (Patrick McGoohan) was held prisoner. Fans of The Prisoner still converge on the Italian style village for annual conventions, and visitors can stock up on memorabilia in the souvenir shop dedicated to the series.  With lush woodlands and gardens thriving in its mild climate (don't miss the magnolia around Easter), Portmeirion is the ideal compromise for those who want the awe-inspiring natural beauty of the Snowdonia coastline as well as the more exotic hints of the Mediterranean.  

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