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From castles to international tours, the royal family visits some of the most prestigious and beautiful places in the world, making them one of the most seasoned travellers. Most of us got goosebumps seeing the majestic castles and palaces on screen in Netflix’s The Crown, a biopic about the British monarchy. After the death of the queen, the quest to visit these places increased enormously. And while we wait for Season 5 to air on November 9, here are five filming locations where the best scenes from this dramatically royal TV series were captured. From medieval towns in the UK to Mediterranean coastlines and mountainous mountain ranges, there’s a destination to make every traveler feel like royalty.
Winchester, United Kingdom
The medieval city of Winchester has enjoyed a privileged relationship with kings and queens for centuries, as the seat of King Arthur’s legendary Round Table. Today Winchester is a charming destination and one of the smallest towns in the UK, ideal to explore on foot. Boasting beautiful architecture and quaint streets with cozy cafes and independent shops, visitors can wander around and soak up the welcoming atmosphere.
The historic gem of the city is Winchester Cathedral, which was used as a filming location in the series for the rehearsal for the glamorous British Royal Wedding which took place in 1981. Also posed as St Paul’s Cathedral and Abbey from Westminster across the five series to dramatic wedding and funeral scenes, the cathedral is one of the largest in England and is widely recognized as a magnificent Gothic masterpiece.
For history buffs, a walking tour of the city’s literary heritage will give visitors the opportunity to learn about some of the UK’s most notable authors who call Winchester home. From the 12th-century city gateway to the grand Great Hall and Jane Austen’s home, the tour is a fantastic way to soak up the culture followed by a drink in a local pub. Outside of town, nature lovers can venture into the surrounding woods and meadows for a brisk walk in the countryside or stroll along the Itchen River for picturesque views.
Where to stay:
Just a short walk from Winchester Cathedral and the city centre, Wykeham Arms is a charming 18th century inn offering visitors a comfortable stay. Tucked away in the quietest corner of town, the hotel offers delicious comfort food and local beers that you can enjoy next to the crackling log fire. For the 29% of travelers who plan to book pet-friendly accommodations on their next vacation*, the hostel is pet-friendly so guests can take their dogs for quick walks with their furry friends – approved by corgis.
Cape Town, South Africa
South Africa played its own starring role in the hit series as a go-to filming location to capture mesmerizing tropical scenes. Used as the backdrop for some of the Commonwealth’s most famous historic royal tours, filming locations in South Africa have doubled as Kenya, Melbourne, the Amazon and Bermuda in all five series. Visitors can, quite literally, find the diverse locales behind these tropical destinations along the beautiful Western Cape where the magnificent Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet.
The incredible capital of Cape Town is a popular destination for royals and visitors from around the world – a multicultural haven blessed with golden sandy beaches and crowned by the magnificent Table Mountain which can be conquered on foot or by cable car. The city’s delicious seafood and local wines are a must and whale watching and a penguin tour at Boulders Beach is fantastic for nature lovers. For a once-in-a-lifetime bird’s-eye view and to travel in style like a royal, travelers can book a scenic helicopter flight to admire Cape Town’s incredible scenery from above and soar over the world-famous beaches of the West Coast.
Where to stay:
The Cape Town Loadshed Proof Ocean Views sunroof apartment offers guests a luxurious stay fit for royalty with incredible views of the city and ocean. Windsurfing and hiking can be enjoyed close to the apartment and the living room even offers BBQ facilities, perfect for enjoying the South African lifestyle. Featuring a private swimming pool and a luxury outdoor hot tub, guests can unwind on the sun deck with a relaxing soak. The apartment is also a Booking.com Travel Sustainable stay and offsets some of its carbon footprint.
Scottish Highlands, UK
The British Royal Family’s love affair with Scotland is undeniable and this, of course, extends to the scenic Scottish Highlands. One of Her Majesty The Queen’s most beloved places, the dramatic scenery surrounding Balmoral Castle has been the backdrop for countless summers for the Royal Family. With 83% of travelers saying the beauty of the natural landscape is a key motivation for their next holiday*, the Scottish Highlands offer travelers an unforgettable journey surrounded by nature, with its many romantic castles and fascinating history.
The dramatic scenery features in the hit series, which set the stage for Balmoral at the Ardverikie estate in Kinloch Laggan – a grand venue with Victorian roots and an incredible ballroom used for the traditional Scottish dance known as reeling. For active travelers who prefer to wear walking boots rather than kilts, the UK’s largest national park at Cairngorms offers breathtaking views and incredible hiking, cycling, watersports and hiking trails. skiing in winter.
For visitors wishing to see many postcard-worthy sights in one day, a tour of Loch Ness and the Highlands of Scotland departs from Edinburgh and takes travelers from Stirling Castle to Glencoe and from Loch Laggan to Loch Ness – monster sightings cannot be guaranteed but travelers are strongly encouraged to keep their eyes peeled and cameras handy.
Where to stay:
Balsporran Bed and Breakfast offers a welcoming and comfortable stay in a secluded location surrounded by stunning scenery – and a short drive from Kinloch Laggan and the Ardverikie Estate. Before an active day of hiking or cycling, or a more leisurely fishing trip on the nearby river, guests can enjoy warming Scottish porridge to energize them for exploring the Highlands. Travelers can relax and refuel after a day of adventure with a delicious cream tea of scones and jam for the proper royal treatment.
Located on the Mediterranean coast of the Costa del Sol and located in the Andalusian region of Spain, Malaga double-crossed Australia during Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s tour in 1983. It has also been touted as the island glamor of Mustique. in the television series.
Recently this year, the stars of the series were spotted on a glamorous speedboat in the San Telmo area filming an exciting scene for the upcoming series. Travelers can experience cruising along the coast for themselves by booking a sail and swim cruise in Malaga on an amazing catamaran, relax on the deck of the boat and dive into the crystal blue ocean in style. .
Besides a huge stretch of sunny beaches, Malaga has a lively atmosphere popular with tourists and locals alike who appreciate the mix of ancient and modern culture. Visitors can explore trendy bars and food markets offering delicious local tapas and discover the old town full of cafes and historic squares.
Where to stay:
Vincci Larios Diez is a luxury boutique hotel in the heart of Malaga and a short walk from La Malagueta beach and the San Telmo neighborhood – the key filming location used in the show. Featuring a fantastic restaurant serving a modern take on Spanish cuisine and sleek, modern interiors, the hotel also offers panoramic city views. You can stretch out on a sun lounger on one of the hotel room’s terraces and order a refreshing cocktail at the end of the day.
London, United Kingdom
Taking center stage in every series of royal drama, London is a fantastical metropolis and home to some of the UK’s most important royal landmarks. Steeped in history, Lancaster House looks like Buckingham Palace on screen as a grand copy of the royal residence and is a stone’s throw from the real palace at St James’s in London.
The Royal Navy College in Greenwich also has impressive historic exteriors that are often featured in dramatic scenes from the hit show. For travelers wishing to see the capital from a royal perspective, a tour of Buckingham Palace and the Changing of the Guard puts visitors in the heart of the British monarchy, where they can explore the sumptuous state apartments of the British sovereign , filled with precious works of art and elegant furnishings. . Travelers can also venture east to experience the Tower of London and the Crown Jewels Tour to discover the country’s most dazzling and treasured treasures.
Where to stay:
A short walk from the filming location of Lancaster House, 9 Hertford Street offers classic, stylish apartments on a pretty residential street in glamorous Mayfair. Located near Hyde Park, you can enjoy the city’s stunning green spaces or head to the nearby Shepherd Market, a small square known for its lovely shops and wonderful restaurants. After a day in the bustling city, guests can curl up on a sofa with a cup of stately English tea by the fire.
You can book these trips on Booking.com with attractive offers and discounts.