On Location: TBL's Best TV Show and Movie Tours

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Sometimes we’ve visited our travel destinations on screen before we ever set foot in them for real. Places are often as important to a story’s arc as characters or plot. Many of our guides recognize this and have created on-location tours that bring your favourite TV shows and movies to life. Want to visit the Ministry of Magic? Twirl where Julie Andrews did? Feel like an 18th century Scottish warrior?

Below we’ve listed a dozen of our most popular ToursByLocals film location tours. Maybe your favourite is on there!

Harry Potter, London
Traveling to London with children? (Or perhaps you’re a Potterhead in your own right!) This tour will reveal the British buildings that stood in for such places as the Ministry of Magic and the Leaky Cauldron while at the same time giving you a taste of London beyond the realm of Harry.

James Bond, London
Spot the locations made famous by spies and villains that have spawned decades of Bond films on this tour from London guide Richard. Think you know where in Central London stood in for a Russian square? You’ll learn this – and much more – on tour with Richard!

Jane Austen in Bath, England
Jane Austen is Bath’s reigning literary queen, and her fictional heroines lurk throughout the city’s beautiful, historic streets. Join local guide Caroline on a tour that explores the city’s relationship with all things Austen. Caroline also helped set up the Bath Film Office and has close ties with many productions that film throughout the city, such as Steven Spielburg’s War Horse.

Midnight in Paris, Paris
As if Paris needed to get more romantic, this special tour from Parisian guide Genevieve will take you to the many winsome locations from the Woody Allen movies Midnight in Paris and Everyone Says I Love You. She’ll make sure to snap your photo while sitting on the same steps where Gil caught his ride to the 1920s.

Sound of Music, Salzburg
You can’t go to Salzburg and not feel a bit of the joy Maria and the Von Trapp children felt while singing and dancing through its streets. Salzburg local Trudy, dressed in traditional Austrian costume, will be your singing guide. We even had a couple get engaged once on this tour, in the famous gazebo.

Lord of the Rings, New Zealand
Want to get some real behind the scenes knowledge of the Lord of the Rings? Take a tour with Robbie from Wellington, a former Rohan soldier, Elf, Uruk-Hai, and Orc from Peter Jackson’s legendary trilogy. He’ll show you locations for Rivendell and the River Anduin, along with the famous “get off the road!” scene.

Game of Thrones, Northern Ireland and Game of Thrones, Dubrovnik
Game of Thrones has brought thousands more visitors to Dubrovnik in recent years, looking to not only explore this picturesque walled city, but spot the locations used in filming the hit HBO series. Our guide Tomislav became the most popular guide on our site offering these tours! Belfast is catching up – guide James offers travellers the chance to get some great photo ops in castles and estates along with Game of Thrones outdoor filming locations.

Lawrence of Arabia in Almeria, Spain
Welcome to the home of Spaghetti Westerns! Almeria, Spain hosted the cast and crew of Sergio Leone’s Dollar Trilogy. Blockbusters like Lawrence of Arabia, Indiana Jones and most recently, the new Ridley Scott movie Exodus were also filmed here, making this part of Spain a movie lover’s mecca! Our guide Maike is read to show you around.

Doctor Who in Cardiff, Wales
Are you a Dr. Who fan? Get to Cardiff, Wales! Since 2005, this Welsh city has been providing exterior filming for the popular British series. Our guide Tony – also a fan of the show – will be your escort to spots made famous by the time-travelling doctor.

Agatha Christie, Devon
Alex in Devon, England has crafted a superb full-day tour to capture the legendary fiction of Agatha Christie. This tour showcases the places the author lived and drew inspiration from, as well as places that appeared in her stories, almost all of which were adapted for TV and film. Alex can also take guests on a Hound of the Baskerville tour, to learn more about the locations that inspired what was arguably Conan Doyle's best Sherlock Holmes story.

Outlander, Scotland
Before Outlander was a hit TV show, it was an even more popular historical fiction series by Diana Gabaldon. Our Inverness guide John has been leading tours that spotlight Scotland’s rugged landscapes and the role it plays in the lives of Jamie, Claire, Murtagh, Dougal, Coloum and Gellis. He even led the TV script writers on tours when they began scouting for the Starz TV series.

Downton Abbey, England
Few series have inspired such devotion as Downtown Abbey. Want to see where the Crawleys eat breakfast? You can visit Highclere Castle in Hampshire, the site of most of the show’s exterior and interior filming. If you’re on a cruise, guide Steve can meet you in Southampton and get you to Highclere and back in a day.
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