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London Movie tour

London has been used as a filming location for a number of blockbuster movies. Why not join us on our London Movie Tour. The tour is run every saturday at 2.30pm and costs £28 for adults and £21 for children. The tour lasts for 3 hours and via minibus we take you to all of the best and recognisable filming locations London has to offer. The tour is guided by local actors or actresses who will tell you interesting info and facts about some of the behind the scence shinaigans that are not public knowledge. On this tour we trace the route Ethan Hunt took in his battle with The Syndicate from Mission Impossible 5 and also follow the trail of Robert Langdon and Sophie Neveu as they seek to find the Holy Grail as seen in the Da Vinci Code. As you pass the actual locations you will be able to watch DVD clips which were filmed at these locations. There will also be plenty of oportunities to get off the bus and have your photograph taken outsite some of these locations. In all, over 20 different film locations are covered on this tour from Mission Impossible 5, X-Men, The Dark Knight, Johnny English, Edge of Tomorrow, Wonder Woman and Da Vinci Code.

If you’re a film buff, and looking for something interesting to do on a Saturday afternoon, then this London movie tour is for you. Head over to this page to book your place. Or perhaps your thinking this tour would make an ideal gift for a family or friend. We offer gift vouchers which can also be obtained on that page. We look foward to welcoming you on our blockbuster London movie tour.

London movie tour

 

London movie tour

 

Actor Vas Blackwood to guide Gangster Tour

Vas Blackwood

Brit Movie Tours is pleased to announce a new celebrity tour guide for our Krays Gangster London Tour. Vas Blackwood aka Rory Breaker from Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels will be taking over from Stephen Marcus on the 14th October.

Working actor Stephen Marcus will guide his last tour on the 7th October. We would like to take this opportunity to thank him for doing such a great job over the past few years. We wish him well for his future and look forward to seeing him on our screens soon.

His replacement Vas Blackwood worked with Stephen on Lock, Stock. Who can forget the scene where Rory calls Nick the Greek in for an explanation due to his weed being stolen. Rory issues lots of threats involving Nick being killed. There was also the scene where Bacon ask him to turn the television down for Rory to turn around and stonily reply “No”.

Vas was born in London in 1962 and has been an actor since the early 80’s. He played Lenny Henry’s sidekick Winston Churchill in The Lenny Henry Show in 1987 and David Sinclair in Casualty from 1996 to 1997. He has been in a number of films including Mean Machine in 2001, 9 Dead Gay Guys in 2002 and Creep in 2004. He also made an appearance as Lennox Gilbey in Only Fools and Horses.

We think Vas is a great replacement and believe he will do a grand job. Like Marcus he too has rubbed shoulders with some of London’s ex-gangsters and their associates, including Freddie Foreman, Dave Courtney, Barbara Windsor and gangster-turned-actor, Lenny McLean. Like his predecessor he will share true stories and anecdotes at each location on the tour. We would like to welcome Vas to the team and hope he enjoys guiding our Gangster tour over the next few months.

Best London Airport Taxi and Minicab Transfers

Landing at an airport after a long flight can be tiresome, especially so when you are travelling with luggage or if you are in a group. Wouldn’t it be good to finish all border control checks inside the airport without a problem and seamlessly get into a waiting vehicle with a driver that is large enough to accommodate not only you and your passenger group but also your luggage. There are numerous options for onward travel from all of London’s airports, rail links, buses, coaches, or black cabs, but if you want to save time and energy, why not travel like a rock star and have the driver wait for you to enter the arrivals hall where they meet you with a sign displaying your name ready to whisk you off in a private vehicle to your chosen destination in comfort and safety, whether that is somewhere in London on the outskirts or even a different UK city.

Exclusive Airports facilitates private hire minicab and taxi transfer services to and from airports 24 hours a day 365 days a year, seaports, hotels, restaurants, sightseeing locations in London or in fact anywhere on the UK mainland.

Some of the benefits that passengers get by choosing our services:

1. 24/7 help desk to assist the travellers.
2. Passengers are able to track their driver’s location.
3. Well maintained vehicles are provided for rides.
4. Child seats and diversions can be booked in advance.
5. Meet and greet services are provided on all airport transfers.
6. Real time flight monitoring is included.

Drivers and Vehicles:

Vehicles that can cater for any number of passengers and luggage are available, just let us know how many people and luggage when you book. Comfortable vehicles with enough space for luggage. Drivers are licensed by Transport for London and are consummate professionals who are well versed with routes both in and around London.

Major Transfers:
Private transfers to and from Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton, Stansted and London city airport. We also offer transfers to and from seaports, Southampton, Dover, Harwich, Portsmouth and Plymouth.

Book Exclusive Airports for all your private ground transportation no hidden costs and extra discounts when you register or book online.

Seamless and stress free, a wise decision when commuting to or from airports.

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‘Shatterhand’ is rumoured to be the new Bond film title

The rumour mill is going into overdrive again regarding the 25th James Bond Movie. ‘Shatterhand’ is the working title of the new film according to the mirror and it will see Bond take on a blind super-villian. It is thought that that Daniel Craig is reprising the role of Bond for the next instalment, which at the age of 51 is getting on a bit for an action hero. However Sir Roger Moore and Sir Sean Connery starred in their final Bond movies when they were both in their 50’s. We think he has one more good Bond movie left in him before he steps down.

The 25th Bond film will be basing parts of the plot of the 2001 Bond novel Never Dream Of Dying by U.S. author Raymond Benson and is expected to be released in November 2019. Its being written by longtime Bond writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade The mirrors source said: “Bond scriptwriters feel it could be the perfect follow-up to Spectre. They are hoping to film in Croatia next year.” Apparently Bond producers were not happy when in a press conference the Mayor of Dubrovnik told the local media that they were in advanced stages of negotiations.  Also its possible Adele will return to record the film’s theme tune.  Again more rumours.  Her involvement in Skyfall helped make it the most profitable Bond film to date. So with the next bond be the 25th, they have pressure to make it a good one.  So getting Daniel Craig and Adele back on board could be another winning combination.

However all this could be a load of cobblers. How much of this is fact is anyone’s guess. These rumours were started by the Mirror newspaper, but they do have a history of pulling “exclusives” out of the bag when a new Bond movie is announced. They have to get their readers from somewhere I guess. The talk about the filming location being is Croatia is quite believable because it’s used the filming location for Kings Landing in Game of Thrones. Plus Star Wars: The Last Jedi has some major scenes filmed there. The country has been enjoying the extra boost in tourists wanting to see these locations. High profile shows like Game of Thrones and Movies like Star Wars come with hundreds of die-hard fans all wanting to grab a selfie in these stunning filming locations. Croatia is proving to be a very film location friendly country as it were, so it wouldn’t surprise us if this part of the rumours turn out to be true.

Again this is all rumour as none of this has not been officially confirmed. Shatterhand does sound very Bond like, but we will all have to wait and see.  Those of you that can’t wait for the next instalment should jump on the filming location band wagon and join us on tour. We offer a fantastic tour of filming locations taking in 9 memorable Bond filming locations including sites from Goldfinger, Thunderball, The Living Daylights, The World is Not Enough and SPECTRE.  Follow the link below for more information:

James Bond Locations Tour from London

Jodie Whittaker, the first female to play Doctor Who

So it’s been confirmed that the next Doctor Who will be a woman.  A woman controlling the Tardis and saving the day, we say why not and about time.  Bravo! Here at BMT Towers we think it’s a smart move by the BBC.  It’s the reboot the show needed.  The rumours were rife about a woman playing the role but we weren’t convinced they would actually do it.  With today’s diversity it’s important that the BBC have taken this move and we think it’s a landmark moment for pop culture and TV.

The timing is perfect really, recently we have seen the first female hamlet, the super hero Wonder Woman film became a great hit. More and more women are taking the lead in hit shows which is great for everyone. Plenty of fans took to twitter to voice their disapproval, but that was bound to be expected.  You can’t please all of the people of the time.  Why shouldn’t a woman be the next Doctor and be the one to save the day?

I personally think it’s a smart move. I remember voicing my opinion on social media when Matt Smith left suggesting the next should be a woman, even creating a facebook group.  It’s important that kids of today see women leading top shows like Doctor Who.  For myself growing up in the 70’s and 80’s it was empowering to watch women take the lead.  Wonder Woman was one of my favourite shows. I also loved Josette Simon in Blake’s 7, then when Madonna took the pop music world by storm.  Over the years more and more women are proving they can take the lead be it in music, film, TV and business in general.

So who is Jodie Whittaker? Well she is known to many of us in the UK most recently from her great role in Broadchurch. She is a Yorkshire girl, born in Skelmanthorpe in 1982. She went to Shelley College before going to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She received a British Independent Film Award in 2006 for her role in the film Venus. She is married to American actor Christian Contreras and has one child. When asked recently about her new role as the Doctor she said “It feels completely overwhelming, as a feminist, as a woman, as an actor, as a human, as someone who wants to continually push themselves and challenge themselves, and not be boxed in by what you’re told you can and can’t be. It feels incredible.” Good for her. Girl power all the way.

We think Jodie Whittaker will make a great Doctor.  How she plays the part will be interesting to see, what sort of character she will portray. Will she follow her predecessors and be charming like David Tennant was? Will she be more manic like Matt Smith? Then there is the question of her companion.  The Doctor almost always travelled with a female companion.  Will she have a male companion or female?  Perhaps this Doctor will actually be gay.   Just last season Pearl Mackie played an openly gay character which was a first for Doctor Who. It would be great to see how these two would bounce off each other. For me Pearl was the only freshness the came with Peter Capaldi as I didn’t really connect with him as a doctor and thought he didn’t suit the character.

All will be revealed when she makes her debut in the Christmas special later this year.  I was only thinking the other day how it won’t be long until the nights draw in and autumn will once again be upon us, then Christmas.  Now I can’t wait for Christmas.

If you didn’t see the trailer at the weekend where Jodie was revealed as the new doctor, take a look below.  Also if you want to join us on tour and discuss your thoughts on the new doctor, click here for all Doctor Who tours.

 

Where was Outlander Filmed?

If you have recently found yourself immersing in the mystical world of Outlander and want to learn where it was filmed, you have come to the right place. Outlander was filmed in Scotland and we run tours to the top iconic locations.

The TV series Outlander is adapted from the best-selling books by Diana Gabaldon. It tells the story of Claire Randall (a nurse in WWII) who on her second honeymoon in Scotland touches some mystic stones and is transported back to the 18th century. For survival she marries Jamie Fraser and is caught between two vastly different men in two inharmonious lives.

Outlander Iconic Locations

Many people wonder where the standing stones are from the first episode; however they were Diane Gabaldon’s imagination so not real. Probably made of polystyrene or some other material, but sadly they were completely fake. However the scenery that surrounded them was real and it’s Rannoch Moor. It’s an area of boggy moorland which is located to the west of Loch Rannoch in Scotland. The scene where Claire and Frank are driving along the country lane in the vintage car, it’s the mountains of Rannoch Moor in the background they are passing. There are many of standing stones and stone circles in Scotland each with a tale to tell. Orkney and Shetland is the place to head as they have a number of stones there as does Dumfries and Galloway. Back to outlander…

Rannoch Moor

Rannoch Moor

Doune Castle in Perthshire doubles as Castle Leoch which you can see when they stop outside the castle (the interior shots were fabricated in a studio). Once she has touched the rocks and is transported back to the 18th century, this castle is home to the MacKenzie Clan. Doune Castle is located in Doune near Stirling, next to the River Teith. The medieval castle has a high gatehouse and it was also a former Monty Python filming set.

Castle Leoch

Castle Leoch

The village of Cranesmuir where Claire bonds with Geillis Duncan is actually the village of Culross, in Fife. It is a treasure trove of filming locations and as you enter the town it’s like you are going back in time. Remember the herb garden in Castle Leoch? This was actually the garden at Culross Palace which is a 17th century merchant’s house. It is actually a Jacobite garden meaning they try to only grow plants from that era. Geillis Duncan’s home is here and the village square where the child gets his ear nailed to a post. It’s not hard to see why they used the village of Culross with its cobbled streets and picturesque setting. Also this was the location for Black Kirk which in reality is West Kirk.

Village of Cranesmuir - Culross

Village of Cranesmuir – Culross

Broch Tuarach, otherwise known as Lallybroch is Jamie Fraser’s ancestral home. They used Midhope Castle in South Queensferry for the external shots. Today its derelict and you can walk around the grounds; however it’s not safe to go inside. You will have to use your imagination to fill it with the furnishings of Jamie’s family home. Here you can stand in the archway where Jamie is brutally whipped by Black Jack Randall.

Archway of Lallybroch

Archway of Lallybroch

The scenes where Jamie is nursed back to heath in Sainte Anne de Beaupré’s monastery in France is actually Aberdour Castle. This location can be found off the coast of Fife in Aberdour, Burntisland. You can see the old kitchen and long gallery which were used for filming.

Visiting the Outlander Filming Locations

If you’re planning on visiting the locations you have to remember that for filming the houses were painted grey to look for authentic. Once filming was finished they were painted back to their original colour.

Why not join us on one of our Outlander tours where you can learn more about the filming of Outlander as well as lots of fascinating 18th century Scottish History. We have a 9 hour tour and a 2 day tour. So why not book up with us and walk in the very footsteps of Claire and Jamie along with other fans of the show.

Season 3 Release Date

Amazon Prime have just announced that the first episode of Outlander season three will be available to stream from Monday 11th September here in the UK. In the states it airs a day early on Starz at 8pm.

Season three will consist of 13 episodes, based on the third book in the series, “Voyager.” It will be based on her return to the 20th century and her life with first husband Frank. However she is pregnant with Jamie’s child, and he is not too far away in her mind.

See Liverpool’s Stunning Architecture on our Peaky Blinders Tour

Our first Peaky Blinders tour with a visit to Tommy’s mansion when ahead recently and the sun was shining brightly on us all. It was one of the hottest days of the year, but we all stayed calm and collective thanks to the air conditioned coach.  It was a completely successful day and everyone had a fabulous time, the first of many.  Lifelong friendships were made or at least online social friends.  There was a slight buzz because one of the chaps (my son) looks a bit like Tommy Shelby himself.  Everyone wanted to take his picture at the locations which we both found amusing.  He was like a celebrity for the day. Had the weather been a bit cooler we would have dressed him up in the full outfit, but it was just too hot. He has since got a few new followers on social media.

Peaky Blinders Tour Group

The tour guide was great and he gave us lots of anecdotes which got us all giggling.  He pointed out the monuments and buildings which have some interesting history.  It was great to see the street where the Shelby family lived in series 1 and 2. The area is in Toxteth’s Welsh Street area, where all roads have Welsh names.  Today row after row are derelict and in disrepair. The actual road of houses used in Peaky Blinders (Powis Street ) was secured for filming and painted black.  This was the first stop where we got off and could take a walk around.  You can read more about my experience on this Peaky Blinders Tour here.

The tour is a great way to see some of the beautiful architecture which Liverpool has to offer as well as meeting likeminded fans of the show.  I found it really enjoyable driving from location to location and seeing some of the Georgian and Neo-Classic architecture.  The Georgian houses are beautiful, the Victorian buildings stunning.

Liverpool’s origins date back as far as the 11th century, with the earliest building probably being Liverpool Castle.  There are a couple of Tudor and Elizabethan buildings in Liverpool today.  Speke Hall is a Grade I building and a popular tourist attraction in Speke, owned today by the National Trust.  Also Croxteth Hall is the other building from that era which is well worth a visit.

There is some Stuart architecture in Liverpool with Woolton Hall being a fine example.  It is a grade I listed manor house south of the city.  Tuebrook house is probably the oldest from this era and was built in 1615 as a farmhouse.  Today owned by a local family so you cant go inside, but you could do a drive by, its found on 695 West Derby Road.

The 17th century and the expansion of the port brought lots of wealth to Liverpool.  This was the time when Georgian houses began popping up, with many still preserved toay.  Liverpool Town Hall was designed by John Wood the Elder and today is a fabulous example of Georgian architecture.  Rodney Street is known as the ‘Harley Street of the North’ due to the number of doctors living there.  It’s a stunning example of Georgian architecture and today these buildings fetch a high sale price.

Rodney Street Peaky Blinders

Neo-Classic architecture is in abundance today in Liverpool. A number of neo-classical buildings can be found around William Brown Street.  It has been labelled the city’s “Cultural Quarter” and houses the town’s central library and museum.  St Georges Hall on Limes walk is another great example of this era and it’s where we meet for our Peaky Blinders Tour.

So if you are a fan of Peaky Blinders and want to visit the locations up close and see some of the great architecture Liverpool has to offer, why not book a tour with us today. We offer a 4 hour Peaky blinders tour which takes you to Powis Street which was the home of the Shelby’s before they hit the big time. You can also see the outside of Polly’s home and the waterways museum used as Camden Town in the show and much  more..  The tour costs £30 per person and is run on Sunday at 9:30am on the following dates: 16 & 30 July, 20 August, 17 Sep, 1 & 22 October.  If you want an all singing and dancing tour why not book our Peaky Blinders Tour plus Tommy’s Mansion.  You see all of the locations but the highlight is to take a stroll around Tommy’s mansion.   This tour costs £60 and is taking place on 13th August.  Next year the tour runs on 1st April, 17th June, 15th July, 19th August.   We keep tour groups to a maximum of about 30 so everyone can hear the guide and enjoy the day.  We also can arrange private tours so get in touch if you want to have your own private group tour.

Click here for more details and to book our 4 Hour Peaky Blinders Tour.

Click here for more deails and to book our 9 hour Peaky Blinders Tour with Tommy’s Mansion.

 

 

Poldark is Back with Bang

***SPOILER ALERT – DONT READ IF YOU HAVENT WATCHED SEASON 3 EPISODE 1 OF POLDARK***

Here at BMT we have been eagerly awaiting the return of BBC’s Poldark.  Well its back with a bang! Sunday night’s first episode was a treat.  There was so much action going on in that one hour that it could have been shared over the whole series.

The episode did a good job of reminding us of the feud between George and Ross, the drowning of Francis, Elizabeth and Ross’s ambiguous night, and Aunt Agatha’s premonitions about a baby who would be coming suspiciously soon.

Starting with a breathtaking view of the cliffs of Cornwall, we had had a birth, marriage and death, three new characters and a fast-escalating French Revolution!  Last series we saw Ross and Demelza reeling from Ross’ night with former love Elizabeth who is married to his sworn enemy George Warleggan.

The episode started with Elizabeth losing control of her horse.  Dangerously close to the edge of the cliffs she is saved by Ross as he races to her rescue.  He doesn’t get any thanks, instead he gets a tongue lashing from Elizabeth and then George.

Ross back at home is holding things together although things are still tense between him and Demelza because of Elizabeth’s pregnancy. He is occupied with the tasks on his estate and the planned wedding of Dr Enys and Caroline. His bank manager tells him that the mine and his land are actually making some money for a change.

Elizabeth welcomed a little baby boy which was oddly named Valentine. Elizabeth took plenty of risks to justify her baby coming a month early. Once the pains began she faked a fall on a staircase. The very same night, Demeza’s father passed away.

Enys and Caroline wedding was a simple affair, but their wedding night was rudely interrupted when Enys had to leave to help deliver Elizabeth’s baby.

Ross strikes a bargain with George and promises to stay away from the Warleggan family in exchange of George taking good care of the estate, the mine and Aunt Agatha.

Two new characters rolled up in the name of Drake and Sam, Demelza’s brothers.  They met Morwenna the governess of young Geoffrey and there is an immediate spark between Drake and Morwenna.

Ross didn’t like poor Aunt Agatha being strong-armed out the way by George’s croanies. She cursed them and went on about the evening’s black moon.  I do like all the mysticism stuff as it’s a great reminder of Cornwall’s pagan past.

Cornwall itself is such a huge part of this show. The craggy coastline, expansive beaches and the cliff tops with distinctive engine shafts.  Here at BMT we have put together a tour which takes you all of the Poldark filming locations in Cornwall. Cornwall’s story is determined by its geography, and on tour we take you to some of the most picturesque and historic sites which are unrivalled.  Our tour lasts for 9 hours and includes some walking along cliffs, beaches, steep paths and uneven terrain.  The tour is no suitable for small children or those in wheelchair accessible. Tours available in English, Russian and Italian.

The Kray Twins – London Gangsters Feared By All

Ronnie and Reggie Kray were twins born in Hoxton, East London, on October 23rd 1933 who became the most feared gangsters in the city during the 1950’s and 1960’s. They became involved in protection rackets, armed robberies, arson, assaults, and two murders in front of witnesses. They also owned a West End nightclub and mixed with film stars such as Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, George Raft, Barbara Windsor, and Diana Dors.

At the age of five, the twins and the family, who were of Irish and Romany Gypsy descent, moved from Hoxton to Vallance Road in Bethnal Green. Their grandfather, Jimmy Lee, persuaded them to take up boxing, which they did with some success. In 1952 they were called up for national service with the Royal Fusiliers , but although they reported they tried to leave after only a few minutes. A corporal who tried to stop them was seriously injured when Ronnie hit him on the jaw. The following morning they were arrested and taken back to the army.

They went absent without leave and assaulted a police officer who tried to arrest them. They were then held in the Tower of London (some of the last prisoners to be held there), before being transferred to a military prison in Somerset where they were court martialled. Found guilty, they were sent to jail in Canterbury. They were dishonourably discharged from the army.

Their boxing careers over as a result of their criminal records and other activities, they turned to full time crime. They purchased an old snooker club in Mile End from where they ran protection rackets, and worked for a gangster from Liverpool organising armed robbery, arson, and highjacking, the proceeds of which enabled them to buy more clubs and properties. In 1960 Ronnie served a prison sentence for running a protection racket and while he was away Reggie was given a nightclub called Esmeralda’s Barn in Knightsbridge by a notorious landlord called Peter Rachman.

In 1964 the Sunday Mirror published an article which suggested that Ronnie Kray had a sexual relationship with Conservative peer Lord Boothby, although no names were mentioned. This was at a time when homosexuality was still illegal. The Krays threatened the journalists that were involved and Boothby threatened to sue the Sunday Mirror with the help of Harold Wilson’s solicitor (Wilson wanted to protect MP Tom Driberg who was a homosexual known to associate with both Ronnie Kray and Lord Boothby). The Sunday Mirror backed down, paid Boothby £40,000, sacked the editor, and published an apology.

The police investigated the Krays several times, but their reputation for violence made witnesses afraid to testify.

On March 8th 1966 there was a shooting at a nightclub in Catford involving the Richardson gang of South London, during which an associate of the Krays, Richard Hart, was killed. Most of the Richardson gang were arrested, but not George Cornell who had not been present. The following day Cornell visited the Blind Beggar pub in East London which was only a mile from the Krays home. Ronnie Kray was drinking in another pub nearby and when he learned that Cornell was in the Blind Beggar had his driver take him there along with his assistant Ian Barrie. Kray walked into the pub with Barrie, went straight up to Cornell, and shot him in the head.

In December the same year, the Krays helped Frank Mitchell to escape from Dartmoor prison. Mitchell and Ronnie had become friends when they were both in Wandsworth prison, but Mitchell had a mental disorder and was difficult to control. He disappeared and the Krays were charged with his murder, but acquitted.

In October 1967 Reggie was allegedly encouraged by Ronnie to kill Jack “The Hat” McVitie who was a Kray gang member who had been offered a reward of £1,000 – half of which he had been paid up front – to kill Leslie Payne, but had failed to do so. McVitie was lured to what he thought was a party at a flat in Stoke Newington. When he saw Ronnie Kray he started verbally abusing him and cut him below the eye with a piece of broken glass. Reggie Kray pointed a gun at Mcvitie and pulled the trigger twice, but it failed to fire.

The twins cousin Ronnie Hart then grabbed McVitie in a bearhug and Reggie Kray knifed him to death with a very large carving knife. This murder began to turn people against the Krays and some were prepared to testify to Scotland Yard. On May 8th 1968 the Krays and 15 other members of their “Firm” were arrested.

In March 1969 the twins were both sentenced to life imprisonment, Mr. Justice Melford Stevenson remarking “In my view, society has earned a rest from your activities.”

Meet the actor who played Nick the Greek in Guy Ritchie’s Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels on our Krays Tour.  Learn about some of the methods used by some of the most feared gangsters in 1950s and 1960s London. Visit the location where Vinnie Jones had his first day of filming for Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and other film locations including some from The Krays, Face, The Crying Game and Gangster No 1.  At the end of the tour you can enjoy a Q&A session with Stephen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stunning Film Locations Of Game Of Thrones

HBO have revealed that Game of Thrones Season 7 will premiere on July 17th.  Season 7 is starting later than normal as ‘Winter is here’ and they wanted to film some grim weather scenes in the sunnier places they shoot.

Apparently the upcoming seventh season will only run for seven episodes, however, it appears episodes could be the longest ever. According to HBO, the first episode will run for 59 minutes. A few of the actors and actresses have said they were actually filming longer and working harder on this season. A lot of things that normally would take a season now take up one episode.  So it sounds like they have packed lots into each episode! Excited is an understatement.

Take a look at the official trailer for Game of Thrones Season 7:

Here at BMT we are all about location location location. So where exactly are all those stunning locations that they use in the series? Here we take a look at ten of them.

Stunning Film Locations Of Game Of Thrones

The Long Bridge of Volantis is actually the splendid Roman Bridge in Cordoba, Andalusia. It sports 16 arches and is a thumping 247 metres long. It was built by imperial soldiers in the 1st century BC and replaced an existing wooden bridge.

Yunkai in Slavers Bay, and Pentos, the largest of the Free Cities, are a fortified city (or ksar) named Ait-Ben-Haddou about 70 miles south east of Marrakech. Mounted on a hill overlooking the desert, it has been used by film makers for 50 years or more, and has appeared in Lawrence of Arabia, Gladiator, Prince of Persia, Jesus of Nazareth, and The Mummy, to name just five. The world’s largest film studios are at Ouarzazate in the Moroccan desert and are a major tourist attraction because many of the film sets still remain, as well as some of the Game of Thrones series being filmed here. You can combine a visit to the studios with a day trip from Marrakech to Ait-Ben-Haddou.

Astapor is south of Yunkai, but is actually Essaouira which is about 70 miles west of Marrakech on the Moroccan coast. This is another fortified city, with a red wall, and during the 1960’s was a favourite place of hippies, being visited by Jimi Hendrix and Cat Stevens among others. It is noted for its’ seafood and its’ surfing.

Wildling Camp is set in Dimmuborgir which is in Iceland near to the town of Grjotagja, and is a lava field with strangely shaped rocks. In Icelandic folklore it is supposed to be connected to hell, and is the spiritual home of murderous trolls whose descendants are known as the Yule Lads and are a scary alternative to Santa Claus. Dimmuborgir was the place where Mance Rayder set up his camp in Westeros. It is a beautiful place and well worth a visit.

Frostfang Mountains is Hofoabrekka which is close to the southernmost city in Iceland, Vik. It was used in season two of Game of Thrones when Jon Snow went into the Frostfangs beyond the Wall.

North of the Wall is the largest glacier in Europe located in south-east Iceland which also happens to be in the largest national park in Europe at 13,600 square km. The glacier is called Vatnajokull and in Westeros was the land of mythical creatures.

Middle Westeros is in Thingvellir National Park and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Established in 930 AD, the national parliament of Iceland was based here until 1798 when it was transferred to Reykjavik. Here you will find obsidian, which is cooled lava rock, and was referred to in Game of Thrones as “Dragonglass”.

Leaving Iceland, we go on to Dubrovnik in Croatia. Just outside the city is The Red Keep which is the heart of King’s Landing. It is actually Lovrijenac Fortress which is set on a 120’ – high rock on a bay which was used for the final scenes in the Battle of Blackwater. Also here is the island of Lokrum, which in the series was Qarth – the Queen of Cities – which was where much of the story of Daenerys took place in the second season.

Also in Croatia is Split which was used as King’s Landing in the fifth season. This is another UNESCO World Heritage Site and was where the Roman emperor Diocletian built his huge palace complex. Parts of his 3rd century buildings were used in the Middle Ages to build the cathedral, cafes, and many other buildings within the city walls. While you are in Split take a climb up to Klis Fortress which overlooks the nearby village of Klis and is one of the places where Daenerys plots returning to power.

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