If we told you that you can visit the grand sets from The Crown on certain occasions, we bet you would be booking your tickets right now.
Netflix has produced some very visually stunning films and series, most of which are rarely the work of special effects. The streamer does a great job of scoping several locations to figure what would fit their premise the best. While not all productions are successful, the streamer deserves special mention for always producing aesthetically pleasing sets.
Many of these scenes are set in real filming locations. Unforgettable and vivid, these locations often become a defining factor in the plot line. While shows like Stranger Things and Money Heist have official walking tours and experiences, people often prefer visiting the real-life filming locations to soak in the atmosphere of the place.
Here are some of the five most exciting Netflix locations one must and can visit:
Five exciting Netflix filming locations you can visit
Powis Street – Peaky Blinders
Peaky Blinders is all about notorious British criminal gangs, peaked caps and razor-sharp blades and wit. Although it is set in Birmingham, most of its iconic scenes were filmed in Liverpool, where the cobbled streets and dark, moody atmosphere set the tone for the series.
At the beginning of the show, Thomas ‘Tommy’ Shelby, played by Cillian Murphy, is introduced as the infamous gang leader sporting his quintessential brooding expression as he rides his horse down the Watery Lane. This iconic scene was filmed in Powis Street, now becoming a major attraction for fans. Although the houses no longer emulate the gritty and grim exterior of their predecessors, it is a great spot to visit to revisit the show’s iconic opener.
Lancaster House – The Crown
Located in St. James’s district in the West End of London, Lancaster House is very close to Buckingham Palace on Pall Mall. While the mansion, in all its Neo-classical grandeur, hosts several conferences, it is rarely open to the public except during the annual Open City event. It is worth a visit given its lavish interiors. Or, one could definitely take a guided virtual tour.
The Crown fans will recognize the stately mansion pretty well, representing Buckingham Palace. It is the setting for some of the most iconic scenes in the show, especially in season four when Princess Diana roller skated through the corridors of the stately residence.
St. James Church – Bridgerton
Bridgerton is adapted from Julia Quinn’s eponymous novel series. It is a satisfying and seductive romp through the Regency-era of London, focusing on the fun and frolic of balls, romances and steamy scenes. With most of its sets boasting grandeur and wealth, the second season, in particular, has stunning settings.
Anthony Bridgerton is set to marry the younger Sharma sister, Edwina, but has his heart set on Kate. During the ceremony, the duo exchange heated glances before the wedding gets called off. The tense sequence takes place in the 17th-century St. James Church located in Piccadilly and becomes one of the show’s most important moments.
Gwinnett Place Mall – Stranger Things
Starcourt Mall is one of the most important locations in Stranger Things, where some of the most important events take place throughout the season. From the mall being Steve and Robin’s workplace at Scoops Ahoy to later being revealed as the Russian Base, the Starcourt Mall is where an epic battle with the Mind Flayer takes place prior to the events of season four.
Starcourt Mall is actually Gwinnett Place Mall in Duluth, suburban Atlanta, which is open for public visits. Of the fraction of the mall that had been leased by Netflix, the mall has kept some of the elements from the series’ sets which helps retain the nostalgic ’80s atmosphere. While it is not an authorized attraction, it is a great spot for fans to pop into.
Lyme Regis – Persuasion
Starring Dakota Johnson in the lead, Netflix’s recent release, Persuasion, is based on the eponymous Jane Austen novel. It has four key settings, of which Lyme Regis is perhaps the most indispensable part of the film and Austen’s works. Austen visited this coastal town in Dorset between 1803 and 1804 to conceive the novel.
Lyme Regis is the location where the beach scenes were shot, namely Johnson’s character, Anne, meeting Captain Wentworth, as well as standing alone on the coastline. Picturesque with sandstone cliffs, Lyme Regis is a must-visit for Austen enthusiasts.