What are the best tours for seeing movie locations?

What are the best tours for seeing movie locations?

If you are looking to tour some famous locations from great movies, here is our editors favourite 10

3 Nov 2022, 12:48:27

By Simon Nichols

1. Harry Potter

The success of J.K Rowling’s fantastic adventures of the boy wizard and his friends has turned many London locations into a film set. Enjoy a walking tour and visit real-life spots that inspired Harry Potter locations including Diagon Alley and perhaps see if you have the magic powers to enter Platform 9 3/4. Perfect for a Muggle’s birthday or for spending time with Harry Potter loving friends.

2. Ferris Bueller

This American teen comedy from the 1980’s launched Matthew Broderick into a global star and was another hit from John Hughes. Visit some iconic Chicago locations featured in the movie and learn more interesting facts but remember to be home before your parents get home otherwise you could be expelled! “Bueller? Bueller? Anyone?” yes please!
3. Bridget Jones’ Diary

This comedy movie which is based on the novel of the same name by Helen Felding has bred a range of walking tours allowing you to the follow the life of the famous singleton – Bridget Jones. Now a film series you’ll get the chance to pose for a picture by the front door of Bridget Jones’s apartment and visit the location of the famous kiss scene. This movie covers so many great locations in London including Royal Courts of Justice, Borough Market and London Bridge. This experience has become very popular for hen or bachelorette parties looking for some culture.
4. James Bond

If you are looking for a movie tour that will make you feel “shaken but not stirred” well “the name’s Bond, James Bond”. Whether you love Daniel Craig, Roger Moore, Sean Connery, Pierce Brosnan, or even Timothy Dalton; step into the World of 007 and tour some of the best sights in London and beyond. Take in the sights of the River Thames, Whitehall and Mi5 and learn about the facts from Thunder Ball to Skyfall and Die Another Day.

5. Rocky

This classic boxing movie from 1976 turned Sylvester Stallone into a household name when Rocky Balboa became an iconic silver screen character. Set-in working-class Philadelphia as Rocky goes from journeyman boxer into World champion and follow his steps in the local area from the food market, taverns, the gym and the famous Rocky steps and Rocky statue created by A. Thomas Schomberg. A sure fire hit for any bachelor or stag party in the great city of “Phily”.
6. Lord of the Rings

The Lord of the Rings trilogy and prequal (The Hobbit) has led to a boom in movie tourism for New Zealand. Based on the classic books by J. R. R. Tolkien, you can now visit various locations across New Zealand to step into the World of Middle Earth. Experience the Hobbiton film set, where the movie was filmed and perhaps immerse yourself in local culture or marvel at Rotorua’s natural wonders including geysers, thermal mud pools, and hot springs.
7. When Harry Met Sally

This classic movie from 1989 not only made stars of Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal, but also many locations in the great city of New York. Although many parts were actually filmed in Canada, visit NYC for a guided tour of “The Met”, Central Park, but is also perhaps best known for the famous scene in Katz’s Delicatessen. When Harry Met Sally movie tour? “Yes, yes, yes, yes” and it will leave your friends thinking “I’ll have what she’s having” 😊 and great experience if celebrating your anniversary.

8. Da Vinci Code

The Da Vinci Code movie starred Tom Hanks and was based on the best-selling novel by Dan Brown and was released on the big screen in 2006. Follow the adventures of Robert Langdon as he races around London looking for clues to the Da Vinci Code, taking in areas such as the Knights Templar, National Gallery, and Westminster Abbey. Ideal for mystery loving teams and seeing London from a different perspective.
9. Fields of Dreams

Many movie tours are found in urban areas, but this tour interests us because of its rural location. The 1989 Kevin Costner movie is all about “If you build it, he will come” and is so inspirational so perfect for team building and inspiring your team. So visit rural Iowa for your next team away day, and be inspired!
10. Paddington Bear

Despite his recent fame, Paddington Bear first appeared on 13 October 1958 in the children's book A Bear Called Paddington. Based on a fictional bear who leaves “Deepest Peru” and arrives in London (Paddington Station obviously!), Paddington was reborn following the 2014 movie starring Hugh Bonneville and Nicole Kidman, and the sequel in 2017 with Hugh Grant. Enjoy a day out for a child’s birthday and visit key Paddington locations such as Paddington Station, look out for paw prints and the see the Paddington bench - marmalade sandwich optional.

Simon Nichols

Head of Partnerships at Evendo

About Simon, he has a background in the London events and hospitality market going back over 20 years. Simon has in an in-depth knowledge of the events market and currently heads up all supplier partnerships at Evendo.

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