Whether you prefer fantasy epics or a light-hearted romantic comedy – we’ve sniffed out 5 of the top film locations in the UK, as well as some stylish dog-friendly holidays for you and your furry friend.
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1. Stay at The Feathers Hotel, Oxfordshire to visit the set of Harry Potter (2001-2011)
Set in the heart of the historic market town of Woodstock, this dog-friendly townhouse makes for a fantastic getaway with your dog. Stylish and luxurious – your pooch will be provided with a bed and blankets, and Fido can even dine with you at the bar or on the terrace.
Only a 20 minute drive away – discover the wizarding world of Harry Potter in Oxford. Visit Christ Church College to ascend the stone staircase the first year students took and see the dining hall that inspired the Great Hall of Hogwarts. Bodleian Library and The Divinity School served as Hogwarts Library and Infirmary respectively. We recommend the guided walking tour – Pottering in Harry’s Footsteps Tour – to discover even more magical locations. So Fido doesn’t feel left out of the wizarding fun, walk around the grounds of Blenheim Palace – only next-door to The Feathers. Look out for the huge old Cedar tree by the lakeside in the park – this was seen in a flashback of Potions Master Severus Snape.
2. Stay at: Moby House, Cornwall to visit the set of Alice in Wonderland (2010)
A fabulous escape for coast-loving canines – Moby House is a pretty seaside cottage in the village of Downderry. Light, spacious and airy – this dog-adoring destination is great for larger families and is only a five minute walk from Downderry Beach which is dog-friendly all year round!
Drive to Torpoint – only 20 minutes from Moby House – and admire the location of the garden party scenes from Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. Filmed on the estate of the beautiful 18th century mansion Antony, it’s easy to see why these gardens with their topiary were chosen as the entry point to Wonderland. Although only assistance dogs are allowed to sniff around Antony – there is still doggy fun to be had in the area! Dog-friendly all year round, Whitsands Bay Beach – just a 15 minute drive from Torpoint – is considered one of the best beaches in this part of Cornwall.
3. Stay at B+B Edinburgh, Edinburgh to visit the set of The Da Vinci Code (2006)
As the winner of Best Pet Welcome by Front of House Team in our 2015 Travel Awards, you are sure to have the ultimate pet-adoring experience at B+B Edinburgh! Set in Edinburgh’s West End Village, this boutique hotel will provide your pooch with a bed, bowls and food, plus Fido is welcome in all areas with the exception of the breakfast room.
Fans of Dan Brown’s bestselling book and the film adaptation will want to pay a visit to the beautiful Rosslyn Chapel in the village of Roslin – only a 15 minute drive from Edinburgh. Built in 1446, the chapel plays a pivotal role in the book and film but is also fascinating for its own history, architecture and mysterious symbolism. Again, only assistance dogs are able to accompany you on-site, however Roslin Glen Country Park is walking distance from the chapel – perfect for lots of off-lead roaming!
4. Stay at Fordbrook Cottage, Devon to visit the set of Sense and Sensibility (1995)
Fordbrook Cottage is the perfect country escape for small families or a break for two – with Fido in tow of course! With a charming interior and exterior – this cottage is fabulously located for coastal and country fun. Both dog-friendly beach Bovisand Bay and Dartmoor National Park are a short drive away.
Enthusiasts of the film adaptation of Jane Austen’s first novel can explore the lost home of the Dashwoods at the magnificent Saltram House – or as it is known in the film and book, Norland Park. A 10 minute drive from Fordbrook, wander through the Georgian mansion and admire its impressive paintings, ceramics and wallpapers. And not forgetting Fido, Saltram’s woods and parkland is a doggy heaven! With over 500 acres of countryside to explore, your pooch will be spoilt for choice over where to explore first.
5. Stay at The Chesterfield Mayfair, London to visit the set of Notting Hill (1999) and many more romantic comedies
One for the most discerning of canine travellers – The Chesterfield epitomises Mayfair chic and traditional British old-world charm. This dog-friendly townhouse is the perfect base for exploring central London – Bond Street, Regent Street and Piccadilly are just minutes away. When you and your canine want to take a break from shopping, wander around either Hyde Park, Green Park or St James’s Park. VIPs (Very Important Pets) will be given a pet welcome hamper, plus the hotel provides dog sitting and dog walking services.
For rom-com film buffs, we recommend taking the Romantic Comedy London Tour. Starting at Holland Park tube station – a 19 minute tube ride from Bond Street – film experts will take you to see where all the memorable moments took place in Notting Hill, Bridget Jones’s Diary, About Time, Atonement, Love Actually, Sliding Doors, Wimbledon and more. This is a great way to see the historic landmarks as well as the hidden gems of London.