If you’re struggling for travel ideas, or are finding it impossible to choose where to go, why not take inspiration from some of your favourite TV shows? For hardcore fans of certain TV series, visiting places where scenes were filmed is an exciting prospect.
Even if you aren’t a massive fan, you can’t help but feel the urge to visit some of the beautiful and intriguing places you see on TV. Some of these places aren’t necessarily obvious choices for holiday destinations, but that’s a big part of their charm. Here’s some of your favourite TV series and locations that are most definitely worth a visit.
Game of Thrones, Croatia & Malta
We have to kick things off with Game of Thrones, which appears to be the TV show of the moment. With it’s shocking scenes, violence and entertaining characters, GoT is an absolute must see. Plus, it features some of the most breathtaking locations you have ever come across in a TV series.
The show is based around 7 very different kingdoms, which leaves a huge opportunity to showcase different places around the world. A substantial amount of filming occurs in Belfast in the studio, but there’s also some pretty cool shots on location, including Croatia, Morocco, Iceland and Northern Ireland.
Croatia regularly pops up and can be seen throughout the seasons. Season two features the magical city of Dubrovnik as King’s Landing, which is showcased in all its glory in the show. The House of the Undying scenes were filmed at the Minceta Tower, a fort in the North Wall.
Another key location for series one was Gozo, Malta. You can make out the Azure Window, a limestone archway in the Khal Drogo and Daenerys Targaryen wedding scenes. The town of Essaouira, which is a World Heritage Site, and the Ounila River Valley which is located near the Atlas Mountains both feature in season three.
House of Cards, Washington & Baltimore
House of Cards is a political drama featuring none other than the legend that is Kevin Spacey. He plays the power hungry US Rep and aspiring president Francis Underwood. The series follows his questionable rise to power. Although the series is set in Washington, in reality, most of the scenes are filmed in Baltimore.
Lots of Baltimore’s cultural gems are showcased, such Baltimore Library, Museum, The Lyric Opera House and Art Gallery. Baltimore, a port town, is a less obvious place to visit in the US, but it’s starting to make its mark, being nicknamed the ‘Charm City’. Washington is a key city to stop off in whilst on an East Coast US road trip. The Washington Opera House can be spotted in season one, when Zoe first catches Frank’s attention.
Mad Men, New York
Mad Men may be finished, but this legendary TV series will stay in people’s minds for a long time. It’s so beautifully shot and the locations are absolutely flawless, with so much attention to detail going into their creation. Mad Men is set in 1960’s New York, and watching it gives you a very realistic insight into what it was like to live and work in the Big Apple at this time.
After seeing the show, you will want to hop on a plane to New York immediately. Why not book a trip to NYC and take the opportunity to visit some of the big locations from the series? We first meet Don Draper in Harlem’s Lenox Lounge. As well as New York, many of the scenes are also filmed in Los Angeles.
If you like Game of Thrones, then you will probably enjoy the Vikings. It’s a thrilling, violent, and action packed historical drama series. Follow Ragnar Lothbrok, King of the Viking Tribes on his many adventures. Most of the filming for Vikings was done in Ireland in and around the magnificent Wicklow Mountains.
As you can see in the show, the scenery here is absolutely jaw-dropping. Book a trip to Ireland and visit Powerscourt Waterfall, Lough Dan Lake and Lough Tay (Guinness Lake), where the producers had a huge set built just for the show.
That’s it for now. You have discovered some of our top picks, which should inspire you to go somewhere different in 2017. Watch out for the follow up to this article, where we will be discussing the locations for some of the TV series below.
Other places to visit from TV shows
- Stranger Things – Montauk, Atlanta
- The Returned – The Alps, France
- Borgen & The Killing – Copenhagen
- Narcos – Medellin, Columbia
- The 100 – Vancouver
- Dexter – Miami
- Breaking Bad – Albuquerque, New Mexico