Ever wished you could be a student in Hogwarts for a day? Or maybe even take a stroll the Beast’s magnificent castle from Beauty And The Beast? Well, you can, because we’ve found all those castles in real life!
What would a fairy tale be without a castle? If the recent bounty of fairy tale blockbusters and fantasy TV has got you hankering for a taste of medieval royalty, you should totally visit the numerous movie set castles across Europe! Here’s a list of popular castles you may know from the movies that you can now visit, courtesy of British Airways.
1. Pembroke Castle, Wales
Pembroke Castle served as the backdrop of the 2016 romantic blockbuster ‘Me before You’ and where William told Louisa: “When I was a kid, this used to be my favourite place in the whole world.” Visitors can now relive the moment and stroll along the riverbank, while taking in the glorious view of the castle.
And the majestic castle is more than just a beautiful movie set, as the birthplace of King Henry VII, it also has a rich history and strong royal connections.
How to get here: Fly to London on British Airways’ special return fares starting from MYR2,974*. Take a bus from London’s Victoria Coach Station to Pembroke Castle
2. Alnwick Castle, Northumberland, UK
If this castle looks familiar to you, it’s because… IT’S HOGWARTS! Alnwick Castle was featured as Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the first two Harry Potter movies, so Harry Potter fans should put this on their Eurotrip agendas! On the castle grounds, you’ll be able to visit the site where the famous broomstick training sessions took place.
If you are not a Harry Potter fan, you will be pleased to know that the castle also served as the magnificent Brancaster Castle in Downton Abbey’s 2015 Christmas special. It was here that the Crawley family ushered in the New Year.
How to get here: Not through platform 9 3/4, sadly. Fly to London on British Airways’ special return fares starting from MYR2,974*. Take a train from London to Newcastle and take the X15 or X18 buses from Haymarket bus station. Just remember to head to the Knight’s Quest to pick up a free time-slot ticket on arrival as tickets tend to run out very early in the day particularly during the summer.
3. Edinburgh Castle in Scotland
Arthur’s Seat is the main peak of the group of hills in Edinburgh, Scotland, which form most of Holyrood Park. The two characters Em and Dex from the romantic movie ‘One Day’
climbed the Arthur’s Seat and resolved to meet again every year on St Swithin’s Day. The breathtaking view from this location covers the historical city as well as the iconic Edinburgh Castle.
If you catch the castle on a good weather day, you can picnic at Arthur’s Seat under the clouds! After that, take a leisure walk back to town and visit the most popular tourist attraction in Scotland — Edinburgh Castle. The castle is known for housing the Honours of Scotland, Britain’s oldest crown jewels.
How to get here: British Airways offers a special all-inclusive fare to Edinburgh from just MYR3,341.* Once in Edinburgh, take the train to Waverley station.
4. Château de Chambord in Loire Valley, France
Château de Chambord has become the hottest must-see castle in Europe following the release of Disney’s live action ‘Beauty and the Beast movie. After just one visit, fairy tale movie animator Glen Keane found the the magnificent French castle to be the perfect castle for the Beast.
A 16th-century royal hunting lodge built in French Renaissance style, Château de Chambord is one of the biggest castles in France. True to its depiction in the film, the castle, with 426 rooms, 282 chimneys and 77 staircases is easy to get lost in!
How to get here: Travellers can fly from Kuala Lumpur to Paris via London on British Airways starting with fares from just MYR2,823*. To reach Château de Chambord, you can take the train from Paris’ Austerlitz station to the Blois Chambord station.
5. Belvedere Castle, New York City
Believe it or not, there’s a castle right in the heart of New York City! The beautiful Belvedere Castle, located in the middle of Central Park, is the secret hideout of Gargamel, the evil wizard in The Smurfs movies. If you or your children are Smurfs fans, the Belvedere Castle would be a perfect summer tour destination!
Don’t forget to visit the bridge located near The Fifth Avenue and 59th Street, where you’ll find a small waterfall on the lower right side– that’s where the Smurfs’ world crosses ours, according to the movie!
How to get here: British Airways is offering special all-inclusive fares to New York City from Kuala Lumpur from just MYR5,183*