11 awesome movie sets you have to visit!

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If they were good enough for Bill Murray, Julia Roberts and Leonardo DiCaprio, they are good enough for me!

Define your next holiday abroad by checking out some of these wicked real-life film locations. Cinematic classics were created in these awesome hot-spots, and you can check them out for your self any time you like (with a valid passport of course)!


11. Ghostbusters Headquarters


So many iconic movies have been made and fimled around New York City, to see them all would be a trip in itself! For the ghoulish fans out there, why not head to the Tribeca area to the Ghostbusters headquarters, which is still a fully functioning fire station!

Location: 14 North Moore St, New York City

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10. Notting Hill's Blue Door



 Nothing screams British celebrity like Hugh Grants droopy, love-struck eyes. Fans of the 1999 Romantic comedy set in Notting Hill, London, flock to the infamous blue door where Anna Scott and William Thacker struck up a famous romance. 

Location: 280 Westbourne Park Road, Notting Hill, London

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9. Shawshank Prison

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 Although it does not remain a functioning prison facility, chills fill the air around the Mansfield Reformatory. Used for its scary setting in Air Force One and Harry and Walter Go to New York, this prison is most famous for its use in The Shawshank Redemption. The prison is currently under restoration but fans of the film can go on Prison and Ghost tours to uncover its spooky heritage. 

Location: 100 Reformatory Rd, Mansfield, Ohio

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8. Carrie Bradshaw's Sex and the City Apartment


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Sex and the City must be one of New York's most popular and profitable tourist industries. Bus tours and group city explorations will take you around the Big Apple where Miranda, Charlotte, Samantha and Carrie partied, ate and lived their stellar Manhattan lives. But if you want to explore these silver-screen destinations for yourself, you should first stop off at one of the most famous New York apartments in the city.

Location: 66 Perry Street and Bleeker Street, Manhattan

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7. Priscilla, Queen of the Dessert's Dance floor


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Aussie classic and feel good musical, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, was filmed right in our own back yard back in 1994. The movie is dotted with famous outback Australian landmark, none more famous than King's Canyon. Head over to King's Canyon in the Northern Territory and take the same colourful hike around the edge of the canyon, just as the colourful Queen's did in the film.

Location: King's Canyon, Northern Territory

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6. The Beach from The Beach




 It might sound like a fictional paradise: sugary beaches, turquoise water, Leonardo DiCaprio feeding you coconut's right off the tree*, but it isn't - this incredible paradise actually exists. Perhaps it is not the best kept secret as it was presented in the movie, but Ko Phi Phi Leh Island in Thailand remains a unique and beautiful jewel in the ocean of the Thai archipelago. 

Location: Ko Phi Phi Leh Island, Thailand

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*we cannot guarantee that Leo will feed you coconuts, but just pluck your own off the tree!


5. The Shire



 Touchdown in New Zealand will prove what kind of person you are: are you a regular human or are you a LORT/Shirling/elvish-speaking/Sauron-hating enthusiast. For the latter group, nothing beats NZ for a fantasy getaway of epic (and we mean EPIC) proportions! First stop is the Shire... or should we say Matamata, a town still fantastically in character since the Lord of the Rings filming took place. It won't stop there, Middle Earth locations are dotted all over the nation, but none more iconic than this village of round-doored hobbit holes. 

Location: Matamata, New Zealand

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4. The Temple of Indiana Jones' Holy Grail


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As if a building constructed around 300BC could get any more historic, this is the site where Indian Jones and Henry Jones Senior take on the secrets of the Holy Grail. An unmissable site not only for movie-goers, this is also one of the New Seven Wonders of the World!

Location: Al Khazneh, Jordan

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3. The Tombs of Tomb Raider

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Just as majestic and enchanting without Angelina Jolie's good looks, this ancient Temple in Siem Reap really does exist - vines, butterflies and all!  Eerily overgrown, this ancient Mahayana Buddhist monastery is open to explorers of all ages.

Location: Ta Prohm Temple, Angkor, Siam Reap, Cambodia

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2. Planet Naboo from Star Wars



This beautiful landmark of Seville has been a long lived champion scene-stealer in cinema history. Also used in  the 1962 film of Lawrence of Arabia and The Dictator (2012), this architectural gem has been frequented by Trekkies since The Phantom Menace hit the screen in 1999.  The fictitious City of Theed on Planet Naboo is open all year round, you can even boat around the little moat circling the Plaza de España.

Location: Plaza de España, Seville, Spain

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1. America, the Forrest Gump way

An American film to out-Americanize all American films, Forrest Gump truly encompasses the patriotic spirit in the Land of the Free. Starting in the Southern States, Forrest takes on the world and America, discovering life lessons and taking part in incredible historical scenes. It's not hard to visit a state in the US and not see its connection to the film Forrest Gump, but if you have trouble, here are some of the stops you can make to see America, the Forrest Gump way.

Lincoln Memorial, Washington



Park Bench.  Chippewa Square Park, Savannah, Georgia.

Although the Park Bench is no longer there, the actual bench now resides in the Savannah History Museum.

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Follow Forrest Gump's epic three-year coast to coast marathon by foot (if you have a spare three years, two months, 14 days, and 16 hours) , or just cruise part of the 15,248 miles by car. Check out the whole route featuring Alabama, Santa Monica and the mighty Mississippi below:


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The world is a mighty place, as is the international film industry. Have you checked out any of these famous movie-set locations? Or did we miss one that is essential in taking on the world?

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