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Ever wondered where your favourite British TV shows were set and filmed?
Posted on 16/05/2019

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Can you visit the real Downton Abbey? Keep reading to find out!

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  • A guide for British TV superfans
    A guide for British TV superfans

    Ever wondered if you can visit the places where your favourite TV shows were filmed? Or perhaps you want to know if the towns they're set in even exist? Here's everything you need to know about the most popular British television programmes and where to find these iconic filming locations!

  • Outlander

    Outlander follows the fictional tale of Claire, young woman who travels back in time from the 1940s to the 1740s through a mythical portal on a hilltop of standing stones in the Scottish Highlands. The series takes advantage of the stunning landscapes all around Scotland, and one of its most notable scenes recreates the great Battle of Culloden. These battlefields and their clan gravestones can be visited by the public and are located on the moors just west of Inverness.

  • Peaky Blinders
    Peaky Blinders

    Although set in Birmingham, in the aftermath of the first World War, many of the scenes of the hugely popular Peaky Blinders series were actually filmed in Liverpool and Manchester. However, the perfect backdrop of the Black Country Living Museum (pictured) a few miles west of Birmingham was used for much of the filming. The series follows the Shelby gangster family and is loosely based on a real gang that existed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries whose members hid blades in the peaks of their flat caps, hence the title.

  • Skins

    Skins was a hugely popular show that most young Brits grew up with. The show was set and filmed in Bristol with many scenes showing iconic places in the city, such as Brandon Hill, Bristol University and the Vauxhall Bridge. College Green (pictured) was also used several times as a meeting point for the characters in each season of the series, and was the location of the scene when main character, Effy, meets Freddie and his friends for the first time.

  • Sherlock

    Now, many of us know that Sherlock Holmes lived at 221B Baker Street, but it's not just this unforgettable address that's featured in the modern TV remake of the classic novel by Arthur Conan Doyle. St Bartholomew's Hospital, just north of St Paul's Cathedral, was used in many episodes, including the very dramatic finale of the second series (no spoilers!). Although set in Marylebone, a lot of the show was actually filmed in Cardiff, and they didn't even bother to use the real 221B Baker Street exterior, as this street is too busy with tourists.