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Castles featured in movies: Part II

Castles featured in movies: Part II

Dear readers, last time we talked about the most beautiful and authentic castles featured in movies.

Today we continue our journey with mansions and palaces that are just as beautiful and have served, often more than once, as movie sets.

Alnwick Castle in Northumberland in England is the legendary, age-old (or, well, almost) home of the Duke of Northumberland. Built in the 11th century, right after the Norman Conquest, the castle has been restored and remodeled several times along the many centuries that followed.

After the royal castle at Windsor, Alnwick is the most visited castle in the UK and the second largestinhabited castle in the country. It can be visited throughout the summer and includes several facilities, such as spectacular gardens, the Postern Tower featuring archeology collections, the Constable’s Tower featuring military artwork, gift shops, the Courtyard restaurant a cafe, the Knight’s Quest, the Dragon’s Quest and many others.

Several movies of the “Harry Potter” franchise, two versions of “Ivanhoe”, the first “Blackadder” TV series and the 1991 movie starring Kevin Costner, “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves” are just a few of the motion pictures that were shot here.

The timeless masterpiece by Charlotte Bronte, “Jane Eyre”, has been made into movies many times since the birth of the cinema. The 2011 BBC film version was shot in several authentic locations around England. The house where Jane spends her childhood, Gateshead Hall, was real-life Wrotham Park in Hertfordshire. The mansion has also enjoyed exposure in movies like Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001), Great Expectations (2012) and Vanity Fair (2004). Haddon Hall also served as inspiration for the producer, with its Elizabethan interiors and secret chambers.

Traveling throughout England in search of the most beautiful castle can be a beautiful experience, which we encourage. Here’s a tip: book with London car hire to travel freely around the country!

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