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Dubrovnik, Croatia
Welcome to King's Landing!

Welcome to King's Landing!

King’s Landing, or as it’s known in real life, Dubrovnik, a Croatian city nested on the shore of the Adriatic Sea. Durbovnik’s stone walls, dramatic cliffs and amazing views make it the perfect seat for the king(s) of Westeros. 960 1280

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Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Duncan Muggoch, line producer for scenes shot in Spain and Croatia, says it is sometimes hard to film around tourists in Dubrovnik. Sherpas were used to help the production crew haul equipment through the narrow and often steep streets to specific locations throughout the city. Fans will see Croatia in the first few episodes of the fifth season. A soup kitchen scene with Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) visiting High Sparrow (Jonathan Pryce) was filmed in Dubrovnik. 960 1280

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The Alcazar, Seville, Spain

The Alcazar, Seville, Spain

In Seville, the upper levels of the Alcazar are home to the royal family, but the palatial estate’s lush gardens are transformed into the Water Gardens of Dorne in the Game of Thrones’ fourth and fifth seasons. The Alcazar’s staircases are so narrow that the production crew had to use cranes to transport equipment up to a few of the palace’s balconies. More than 8,000 visitors converge on the Alcazar each day, making it one of the most-visited attractions in Seville. 960 1280

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Plaza de Toros, Osuna, Spain

Plaza de Toros, Osuna, Spain

Located in southern Spain, the Plaza de Toros is an old bullring and national monument that was transformed into a gladiator arena for a scene in the fifth season of Game of Thrones. Producers picked the popular attraction because the arena’s stone structure is similar to those found in Croatia, another place where scenes were filmed for the medieval-era drama. 960 1280

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Magheramorne Quarry, County Antrim, Northern Ireland

Magheramorne Quarry, County Antrim, Northern Ireland

While 1 crew was shooting scenes in Spain and Croatia, a second production crew filmed scenes at the quarry in Magheramorne, which is located on the shores of Loch Larne. This small town of 75 residents was transformed into a fishing village called Hardhome. In previous Game of Thrones episodes, the location was also used to film scenes of Castle Black (first season) and the Battle of Blackwater (second season). 960 1280

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Mourne Mountains, Northern Ireland

Mourne Mountains, Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland’s Mourne Mountains provided the scenery for Dany’s entrance into the Dothraki holy land. Of course, the Dothraki fighting horse statues are missing, so you’ll just have to imagine the iconic gate when you visit these breathtaking mountains. 960 1280

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Doune Castle, Scotland

Doune Castle, Scotland

The Lord's Tower and East Wall of Doune Castle in Scotland should look familiar to Game of Thrones fans. Poor little Bran fell (was pushed) out one of its windows in the first season, when he saw something he shouldn’t have. Originally built in the 13th century, Doune Castle features a nature walk through the grounds for visitors. 960 1280

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The Dark Hedges, Northern Ireland

The Dark Hedges, Northern Ireland

The Dark Hedges in Northern Ireland have played a major role in the Game of Thrones story, serving as the setting for the Kingsroad. But the area that surrounds the Dark Hedges should be a must-see for any fan, since it has been used to film Winterfell, Castle Black and the Stark family war encampment. 960 1280

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Downhill Beach and Mussenden Temple, Northern Ireland

Downhill Beach and Mussenden Temple, Northern Ireland

If you happen to be rooting for Stannis Baratheon, Downhill Beach and Mussenden Temple in Northern Ireland are your spots. Serving as the backdrop for Dragonstone Castle and Blackwater Bay, Downhill Beach was where Melisandre burned the old gods, issuing a new religion for Stannis’ followers. 960 1280

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Essaouira, Morocco

Essaouira, Morocco

This historic bastion in Essaouira, Morocco, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It also happens to have played the part of Astapor, the slave-trading city where Daenerys freed the Unsullied, including everyone’s favorite: Grey Worm. 960 1280

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Ouarzazate, Morocco

Ouarzazate, Morocco

Ouarzazate, a town in Morocco, is famous for the Atlas Film Corporation Studios, open to tourists for tours of the many sets left from movies like Babel and Kingdom of Heaven. Sets at this Morrocco studio stood in for the Free City of Pentos, and also served as the venue for Dany and Khal Drogo’s memorable wedding. 960 1280

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Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon, Iceland

Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon, Iceland

At the Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon in Iceland, the Vatnajokull Ice Cap -- Europe’s largest ice cap -- serves as the ideal setting for the Land Beyond the Wall. Just look out for White Walkers! 960 1280

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Skaftafell National Park, Iceland

Skaftafell National Park, Iceland

Skaftafell National Park in Iceland was the setting of Jon Snow and Ygritte’s love story, from Jon Snow and Qhorin Halfhand’s sneak attack on the Wildlings to the near beheading of our favorite red-head. The park is open year round for GoT devotees or visitors just looking for a glacier hike. 960 1280

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Wollaton Hall
Wollaton Hall

Wollaton Hall

Wollaton Hall, a country house in Nottingham, England, was the film location for Wayne Manor. It is open to the public, but don’t expect Bruce Wayne’s butler, Alfred, to greet you at the door. 960 1280

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Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon University

The prison breakout and brawl scene between Gotham City police officers and escaped prisoners was captured here at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. Scenes were filmed at the university’s Software Engineering Institute and the Mellon Institute of Industrial Research. 960 1280

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The Farmiloe Building

The Farmiloe Building

Where did director Christopher Nolan film the Gotham City Police Department scenes? They were shot here at the Farmiloe Building in London. 960 1280

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Queensboro Bridge

Queensboro Bridge

Moviegoers witnessed explosions on bridges leading into and out of Gotham City. Action scenes and some of the faux explosion scenes were shot here on the Queensboro Bridge in Manhattan. 960 1280

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Wall Street

Wall Street

Wall Street, NYC’s financial district, was the backdrop for the over-the-top battle scenes between Batman and his arch nemesis, Bane. 960 1280

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Mehrangarh Fort

Mehrangarh Fort

Spoiler alert! Battered and bruised Bruce Wayne aka Batman was one of only 2 people to crawl from a prison pit staged here at Mehrangarh Fort in Rajasthan, India. 960 1280

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Turda Saline

Turda Saline

Travel to Turda Saline, Romania -- a salt mine rumored to be the location of the Dark Knight’s infamous batcave. 960 1280

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Heinz Field

Heinz Field

Director Christopher Nolan used Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field to film a memorable movie scene. In The Dark Knight Rises, diabolical villain Bane sets off underground bombs that cause the football field to collapse under the feet of the football players, while fans watch in disbelief. 960 1280

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Trump Tower

Trump Tower

Not surprisingly, Trump Tower, located in Midtown Manhattan, was the film location for Wayne Enterprises’ headquarters -- where Bane and his motley crew unexpectedly take over the company. 960 1280

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Hotel del Coronado
Hotel del Coronado

Hotel del Coronado

Fleeing the Midwest winters, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz author L. Frank Baum spent time soaking up the Southern California sunshine at the fairytale-like Hotel del Coronado . In fact, it's been said that the "Emerald City" of Coronado inspired another -- the magical land of Oz. The author was allegedly inspired by the hotel's lush green grounds and famous red turrets while writing several books in the series there. Inside the soaring tower, guests can still see the 4 crown-shaped chandeliers designed by Baum. Visitors can also stroll past the quaint yellow house he rented during his stays. 960 1280

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Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein Castle

Visit the southwest region of Bavaria, Germany, to see the castle that inspired the Sleeping Beauty’s Castle at Disneyland in Anaheim, CA. Neuschwanstein Castle, a retreat for Ludwig II of Bavaria, was designed to pay homage to German composer Richard Wagner. 960 1280

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The Serengeti

The Serengeti

Hakuna matata! Relive the magic of “The Lion King,” and travel to the Serengeti in Africa. The 12,000-square-mile region extends from north Tanzania into southwestern Kenya. Lions, wildebeests, gazelles, zebras and buffalos are some of the wildlife in the popular safari destination. 960 1280

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Lohr, Germany

Lohr, Germany

Germany’s charming town of Lohr is said to have helped inspire the Brothers Grimm’s epic story of Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs. Lohr, located between Würzburg and Aschaffenburg in Bavaria, an area wealthy in spinning magical tales. The Main River borders the town which is also surrounded on all 3 sides by the dense and intensely green Spessart Forest. 960 1280

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Chateau de Chambord

Chateau de Chambord

After a trip to the Chateau de Chambord, the creators of “Beauty and the Beast” decided to revamp the initial version of the film. One of the changes was to make the real-life castle the fairytale home of the Beast. Be the belle of the ball and visit the largest chateau in the France’s Loire Valley. King Francois I constructed the castle to be near his mistress Comtesse de Thoury, Claude Rohan. You really can’t tell from the outside, but the castle was never completed. 960 1280

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Baghdad

Baghdad

Take a magic carpet ride to Baghdad, a city that has inspired storytellers to write fairy tales about genies and magic lamps. Even though it's not known as a popular travel destination, Iraq's capital city is one of several locations mentioned in the Arabian folktale "One Thousand and One Nights." It also inspired the exciting adventures of Disney characters Aladdin and Princess Jasmine. 960 1280

  

New Haven, CT

New Haven, CT

In a dog’s world, New Haven, CT, might be the perfect getaway for puppy love. The New England town is where love bloomed for Disney’s star-crossed lovers, Lady and the Tramp. 960 1280

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Ziegenhain, Germany

Ziegenhain, Germany

Ziegenhain, considered the capital city of Germany’s Fairy Tale Road, is also home to Little Red Riding Hood. Travelers visiting the city will see residents in costume, including red hoods. Prior to the Brothers Grimm and Disney’s interpretations, Little Red Riding Hood was a violent moral tale designed to keep young women on a righteous path. Even though there have been several versions of the folktale, we still have a few words of wisdom --beware the wolf. 960 1280

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Brothers Grimm Tour

Brothers Grimm Tour

Authors Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm are well-known story tellers, whose work include “Cinderella,” “Rumpelstiltskin, “The Frog Prince” and “Hansel and Gretel.” The Brothers Grimm Memorial is located in Hanau, Germany, and it’s also the starting point for the German Fairy Tale Road. The fun, road trip route runs from Hanau to Bremen, where the Jacob and Wilhelm were born. Tourist attractions along the road are focused around the famous brothers. 960 1280

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Trendelburg Tower

Trendelburg Tower

The famous words, “Repunzel, Repunzel, let down your hair,” were uttered from the tower of the Trendelburg Castle aka Repunzel’s Tower --or at least that’s according to the Brothers Grimm’s folktale. Located in the Germany’s Hesse region near the Diemel River, Trendelburg is home to just over 5,000 people. The Trendelburg Fortress dates back to the 1300s and is now a hotel and restaurant. It’s a great pit stop if you’re traveling along Fairy Tale Road. 960 1280

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Disney World

Disney World

Make your dreams come true, and visit Disney World in Orlando, FL. The fairytale amusement park was designed to inspire kids of all ages with uniquely themed areas, including Adventureland, Frontierland, Fantasyland and Tomorrowland. Walt Disney brought famous fairy tales to life at his franchise of family-friendly theme parks. 960 1280

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Hans Christian Andersen Museum

Hans Christian Andersen Museum

We can’t forget about Hans Christian Andersen, the renowned author who wrote several children stories, including “The Snow Queen,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Thumbelina,” “The Little Match Girl” and “The Ugly Duckling .” Fans of Hans can visit an entire museum --located in Copenhagen, Denmark-- dedicated to the famous storyteller. 960 1280

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Shanghai, China

Shanghai, China

The large and impressive Shanghai Tower is set to open to the public in 2015. The spiral shape of this glass and metal structure is undeniably sleek. 960 1280

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Dubai

Dubai

Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world. The views from its observation decks, At the Top and At the Top Sky, are absolutely breathtaking. 960 1280

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Berlin

Berlin

The Reichstag, Germany’s parliamentary building, has a rich history. A new dome on top was added in 1999. For a 360-degree view of Berlin, be sure to reserve a ticket to the dome in advance. 960 1280

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Chicago

Chicago

Through its reflection, the Bean at Millennium Park offers a completely unique perspective of Chicago. 960 1280

  

Beijing

Beijing

The Great Wall of China is an architectural wonder. It is a whopping 13,171 miles long and is constructed of stone, brick and wood. 960 1280

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Athens

Athens

The Parthenon is a Grecian masterpiece. The structure is actually a former temple that was dedicated to the Greek goddess Athena. 960 1280

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Barcelona

Barcelona

The colorful Parc Guell is the most famous public park in Barcelona. The mosaic patterns on the benches and buildings are spectacular. 960 1280

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Brasilia, Brazil

Brasilia, Brazil

The Cathedral of Brasilia is arguably the most stylish Roman Catholic church in the world. It features 16 columns that weigh 90 tons each. 960 1280

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Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey

Blue Mosque, one of the most famous mosques in the Middle East, gets its nickname from the blue-tiled interior. Its architecture is quintessentially Byzantine. 960 1280

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Keppel Bay, Singapore

Keppel Bay, Singapore

Reflections at Keppel Bay is a luxury residential complex. With the bay right in front of the building, the apartments have views that are to die for. 960 1280

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Penumbra Theatre, Minnesota

Penumbra Theatre, Minnesota

As Minnesota’s only professional African-American theatre, Penumbra Theatre Company offers a full season of performances -- one of only 3 theaters of its kind nationwide to do so. The theatre has helped launch the careers of noted playwrights, including August Wilson. 960 1280

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Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Ohio

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Ohio

Founded in 1959, the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park was one of the first regional theatres in the US. In 2004, the Playhouse received its highest honor: a Tony Award for Best Regional Theatre. In 2007, it won its second Tony Award for the musical comedy Company. 960 1280

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Denver Performing Arts Complex, Colorado

Denver Performing Arts Complex, Colorado

Known locally as “The Plex,” the Denver Performing Arts Complex is home to a Tony Award-winning theatre company -- a distinction it received in 1998. Then in 2011, the theatre was chosen to launch the national touring debut of The Book of Mormon by Colorado’s own Trey Parker and Matt Stone. 960 1280

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Berkeley Repertory Theatre, California

Berkeley Repertory Theatre, California

The Berkeley Repertory Theatre has seen several of its plays hit the NYC stage, including Bridge & Tunnel in 2006, Brundibar in 2007 andPassing Strange in 2008. The company also won the Regional Theatre Tony Award in 1997. 960 1280

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Alliance Theatre, Atlanta

Alliance Theatre, Atlanta

Founded in 1968, the Alliance Theatre is the largest regional theatre in the Southeast. The Alliance showcases 10 productions each year (past productions have included The Color Purple and Sister Act the Musical. In 2007, Alliance won the Regional Theatre Tony Award. 960 1280

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Blackfriars Playhouse, Staunton, VA

Blackfriars Playhouse, Staunton, VA

Tucked in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, the Blackfriars Playhouse is the world’s only recreation of Shakespeare’s original indoor theatre. The 300-seat playhouse opened in September 2001, and showcases Shakespeare productions year-round. 960 1280

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Goodman Theatre, Chicago

Goodman Theatre, Chicago

The Goodman Theatre has been a Chicago fixture for more than 8 decades. As the city’s oldest active theatre of its kind, Goodman’s accolades include a 1992 Regional Theatre Tony Award -- an honor that 3 other Chicago-based companies have also received, making Chicago the most recognized city in the US for this honor. 960 1280

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Goodspeed Musicals, East Haddam, CT

Goodspeed Musicals, East Haddam, CT

With a focus on musical theater, Goodspeed Musicals has a rich history: It was the first performance venue for the musical Annie. Since 1968, the Goodspeed has seen 19 productions transfer to Broadway. The theatre company has also won more than a dozen Tony Awards. 960 1280

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Smith Center for the Performing Arts, Las Vegas

Smith Center for the Performing Arts, Las Vegas

Sure, Las Vegas is known for theatrics, but theatre? You bet! The Smith Center for the Performing Arts opened in March 2012. Its performances of Broadway shows include Mary Poppins and The Color Purple. 960 1280

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Alley Theatre, Houston

Alley Theatre, Houston

Head to downtown Houston to catch a play at the Alley Theatre. The Tony Award-winning indoor theatre has been the venue for an eclectic array of plays, from A Christmas Carol to Death of a Salesman. 960 1280

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McCarter Theatre, Princeton, NJ

McCarter Theatre, Princeton, NJ

One of the busiest cultural centers in the US, the McCarter Theatre showcases more than 200 performances a year. Two of the theatre’s productions moved to Broadway in 2006, where they were nominated for Tony Awards. 960 1280

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Arena Stage, Washington, DC

Arena Stage, Washington, DC

For the past 60 years, Arena Stage has maintained a focus on “theater of the Americas,” producing American classics and new works, such as One Night With Janis Joplin. The production company has also received the Tony Award for best regional theatre. 960 1280

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Yale Repertory Theatre, New Haven, CT

Yale Repertory Theatre, New Haven, CT

Founded in 1966, “The Rep” was one of the first acclaimed regional theatres in the US. Located on Yale’s downtown campus, the company’s productions have garnered both the Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award. 960 1280

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Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia

Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia

America’s oldest theatre finds its home in Philadelphia’s Washington Square West neighborhood. The building was built by America’s first circus theatre company in 1809, and initially featured classical plays as well as displays of circus horsemanship. Today, the company maintains its 200-plus-year-old tradition, putting on 5 productions a season on its main stage. 960 1280

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Huntington Theatre Company, Boston

Huntington Theatre Company, Boston

The recipient of the 2013 Regional Theatre Tony Award, this theatre in Boston’s historic South End has proved a launching point for nationally recognized plays: Since its opening in 1982, the theatre has transferred 16 productions to New York, including 2 in 2012. 960 1280

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Waddesdon Manor

Waddesdon Manor

The 12,000-acre estate of Haxby Park in Downton Abbey owes its impressive exterior to Waddesdon Manor. The sprawling country estate in Buckinghamshire, England, was built between 1874 and 1898 for Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild. Downton’s Mary calls the house large and rather vulgar; we call it rather divine. 960 1280

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Leeds, England

Leeds, England

Downton Abbey is set in Yorkshire County, with local cities such as Leeds mentioned in the show. The thriving city is home to more than 750,000 people, and can trace its history back to the 5th century, when the Celtic’s Kingdom of Elmet was covered by the forest of "Loidis," the origin of the name Leeds. 960 1280

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Ealing Studio

Ealing Studio

This West London studio is the oldest continuously operating film studio in the world, says Guinness World Records. Scenes focused on Downton Abbey’s servants’ quarters were shot on the studio’s 3A and 3B stages. 960 1280

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Highclere Castle

Highclere Castle

Welcome to the real Downton Abbey. Since 1679, this sprawling, 1,000-acre estate in Hampshire, England, has been home to the aristocratic Carnarvon family. Tours of the castle include the gardens and woodlands, as well as the state rooms, such as the library, which is home to nearly 6,000 books. 960 1280

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Bampton

Bampton

Many of Downton’s exterior shots have been filmed in the village of Bampton in Oxfordshire, England. Among the sites captured on film is the Church of St. Mary the Virgin (pictured), a local parish church built in the 12th century. 960 1280

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County of Yorkshire

County of Yorkshire

This historic county in Northern England serves as the fictional location for the series. With its gently rolling hills, the countryside has earned the nickname of, “God’s Own County.” That’s no exaggeration; within its borders, the county contains some of the greenest areas in all of England. 960 1280

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Malton

Malton

Downton’s characters often talk about this North Yorkshire town. The small, ancient locale, which historians say rests on the site of a former Roman settlement, is home to 4,000 people, and includes a cozy, charming market place with a number of cafes. 960 1280

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Rise Hall in Akenham

Rise Hall in Akenham

Downton’s gripping World War I scenes were filmed in Suffolk, near the village of Akenham. While you’re touring this stretch of Eastern England, check out the village: home to just 60 residents, with landmarks such this Georgian building on the site of an ancient manor house. 960 1280

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York

York

This city in North Yorkshire, England, was the site of one of the series’ most dramatic moments: John Bates’s trial for the murder of his wife, Vera. (Spoiler alert: a mutual acquaintance later helped to clear Mr. Bates’s name.) Pictured here is a city landmark, York Castle, a fortified complex build up over 9 centuries. 960 1280

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Greys Court

Greys Court

Shortly after their wedding, Downton Abbey newlyweds Lady Mary and Matthew Crawley went looking for property. Their search led to this picturesque 16th-century mansion, set amid a sweeping courtyard and gardens in Oxfordshire, England. 960 1280

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