Britain on the silver screen

Travelling through the UK, you may experience a sense of déjà vu - that’s because Great Britain is filled with locations you'll recognise from the movies. Several are being honoured this year with a host of BAFTA and Academy Award nominations so here are some of those places that you can visit in real life.

 

Dunkirk

Nominations: Eight Academy Awards including Best Picture and eight BAFTA Awards including Best Film.

Most of Dunkirk was filmed in France, but Britain makes some stunning cameos. Think of the scene when the civilian fleet sets sail from the seaside town of Weymouth in Dorset while on their return, they're bolstered to see the white-chalk cliffs of the Jurassic Coast. Weary soldiers receive a hero’s welcome when they pull into a postcard-pretty train platform; you can book your own journey on the Swanage Steam Railway.

 

Paddington 2

Nominations: Outstanding British Film, Best Supporting Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay at the BAFTA Awards.

London’s busy Paddington station appears in the sequel although exterior shots filmed at Marylebone Station. Visit the Paddington Bear Shop, then find the statue near Platform 1 and follow the rest of the Pawprint Trail. You can also follow in Paddington’s pawsteps at Portobello Market or wander the towpath of Little Venice where the bear gave chase to the thief from Mr Gruber's antique shop.

 

Phantom Thread

Nominations: Four Academy Awards including Best Picture and four BAFTA Awards including Best Actor.

The Victoria Bay Hotel near Whitby, North Yorkshire, was stripped back to fit the 1950s setting. Visit the modern incarnation and enjoy familiar views over the fishing village of Robin's Hood Bay - you might even recognise some of the staff who appeared as extras. The opulent glamour of Blackpool Tower Ballroom also made the cut as the perfect setting for a lavish party scene. Take a tour, enjoy afternoon tea, or spin on the famous dance floor.

 

Darkest Hour

Nominations: Six Academy Awards including Best Picture and nine BAFTA Awards including Best Film.

London’s Cabinet War Rooms, where Winston Churchill orchestrated Allied troops during World War II, were meticulously recreated for their role in this film. And of course, you can visit the real-life underground bunkers too, which stand exactly as they did in 1945. And while the Commons Chamber in the Palace of Westminster was another carefully constructed set, get a glimpse of the real thing with a guided tour of Parliament. Also in the capital is the film’s backdrop, picturesque Greenwich; explore the rest of this World Heritage Site which includes the Royal Observatory, the historic Cutty Sark, and the Meridian Line.

Up in Rotherham, Yorkshire is Wentworth Woodhouse which doubles up as the interior of Buckingham Palace. Privately owned for many years, this grand historic home has recently been opened to the public.

 

Victoria & Abdul

Nominations: Best Costume Design and Best Makeup & Hairstyling at both the Academy Awards and the BAFTA Awards.

Osborne House was Queen Victoria's beloved family home on the Isle of Wight, and the place where she first met Abdul. Peek inside royal life with a tour of the private apartments, bathing beach and children's play cottage. Queen Victoria later introduces Abdul to her Aberdeenshire getaway, Balmoral Castle, which remains the summer holiday home of the Royal Family today and open to the public from 30 March to 31 July. Don't miss the stunning setting of Cairngorms National Park that surrounds it, where the pair enjoyed a scenic picnic. 

The Crown filming locations around Britain

The Crown follows the story of Her Majesty The Queen in her accession to the throne, and as a young monarch faced with a country in the depths of turbulent post-war Britain. With the new Netflix series returning to British screens on Friday 8 December 2018, we’ve rounded-up some of the regal filming locations featured in the hit show.

 

Hatfield House, Hertfordshire, England

Home to the 7th Marquis and Marchioness of Salisbury and their family, this grand location also includes the Old Palace, which was owned by Henry VIII. The King had his three children raised in the palace, including Elizabeth I - she was there when she was told of her accession to the throne, making it a fitting place to use in filming for The Crown.
www.hatfield-house.co.uk

Getting there: Hatfield House is a 70-minute journey by train or car from London.

 

Wrotham Park, Barnet, Hertfordshire, England

This grand estate has been little changed since its design in 1754, and still remains in the care and charge of the Byng family. Surrounded by 300 acres of parkland, the secluded estate is an idyllic location for hosting private functions, banquets and parties.
www.wrothampark.com

Getting there: Wrotham Park is a 65-minute journey by train or car from London.

 

Ely Cathedral

Ely Cathedral was founded in 672 AD, with the current building dating back to 1083 AD. Used in the filming of The Crown, this spectacular location stood in for Westminster Abbey on the wedding day of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip, re-enacted just as it was 68 years ago. The regal location has also starred in The Other Boleyn Girl, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, and The King's Speech.

www.elycathedral.org

Getting there: Ely is located in Cambridge, and is a two-hour drive or a 70-minute train journey from London.

 

Lyceum Theatre, London

Wind back the clock and you'll see Matt Smith (Prince Phillip) and Claire Foy (Queen Elizabeth) looking suave in 1940s garb at the Lyceum Theatre, oozing elegance in a post-war Britain. The Lyceum Theatre, opened in 1841, has a dramatic front facade and has hosted performances for nearly 200 years. Today the theatre is home to the ever-popular The Lion King.

www.lyceumtheatrelondon.org

Getting there: the Lyceum Theatre is closest to Temple London Underground station.

 

Knebworth House

Take a walk through 500 years of history, both on and off screen. With generations of the Lynton family residing at Knebworth since the Tudor times, each has been sure to make their mark on this magnificent building. With a romantic exterior adorned with turrets, domes and gargoyles the house is definitely worth a visit. Used, of course, as a location in The Crown, the house has also starred in The King's Speech, and Batman the Movie.

www.knebworthhouse.com

Getting there: Knebworth House is an 80-minute drive from London. Alternatively it's a 65-minute journey by train and public transport.

 

Slains Castle and Cruden Bay, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Standing on a cliff top overlooking the North Sea, are the ruins of Slains Castle. This enchanting spot was once ruled by the powerful Clan Hay and in its prime the castle was a Scots Baronial Mansion with three gardens. Used in the The Crown the hauntingly beautiful spot is the perfect reason to explore Scotland's rugged, wild coastline, steeped in its own history. It is often said that the castle was the inspiration for Bram Stoker's Dracula. Make sure to stop at Cruden Bay, also used for scenes in the Netflix series.
www.visitscotland.com/info/see-do/slains-castle-p255271
www.visitscotland.com/info/towns-villages/cruden-bay-p315541

Getting there: Cruden Bay is less than a four-hour drive from Edinburgh, or four and a half hours by train and public transport. Edinburgh is an hour flight from London.

Bond is Back - VisitBritain today launches Bond is GREAT campaign to entice more international visitors to Britain

Bond is back in SPECTRE and VisitBritain is once again utilising 007's iconic international profile to show the world what makes Britain GREAT.

SPECTRE, the 24th James Bond adventure from Albert R. Broccoli's EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer-Studios, and Sony Pictures Entertainment, launches in cinemas worldwide from October 26 and in Canada on November 6, 2015.

To leverage the global fascination with James Bond and the international exposure the film affords to potential visitors to Britain, VisitBritain is today launching a global Bond is GREAT Britain film tourism campaign in partnership with Sony Pictures Entertainment and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios.

The Bond is GREAT campaign is kicking off across more than 60 countries to encourage 007 fans to choose Britain - the home of Bond - for their next holiday.

As the official national tourism partner for the theatrical release of SPECTRE, VisitBritain's global campaign is using a mix of outdoor billboards, print, digital and social media. This includes exclusive ‘behind the scenes' footage from SPECTRE through its dedicated campaign page VisitBritain.com/spectre . Three new Bond is GREAT images are also being released featuring James Bond, an Aston Martin outside Blenheim Palace as well as a scene from SPECTRE with James Bond in Whitehall.

Other highlights include the release of four new 360 images of key filming locations in SPECTRE including Blenheim Palace, Camden, Westminster Bridge and City Hall to be promoted internationally through VisitBritain's extensive social media channels. The immersive 360-degree experiences will give overseas visitors a virtual opportunity to step inside some of the iconic British locations showcased in SPECTRE with the first, of Blenheim Palace, released today on VisitBritain.com/spectre. The new images build on the series of hugely popular 360 degree images of some of the UK's best loved landscapes and historical attractions launched earlier this year by VisitBritain.

It is the third time that VisitBritain, working in partnership with Sony Pictures Entertainment and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, has partnered with the Bond franchise to motivate and inspire even more international visitors to come to Britain.

Its 2012 Bond is GREAT campaign around the theatrical release of SKYFALL resulted in international promotional coverage reaching 653 million people around the world as well as $7 million CAD (£3.5 million) worth of exposure for the Britain brand and partners. That campaign positively affected travel with 16% of people who recalled the Bond is GREAT campaign having booked a trip to Britain and 35% of those who recalled the advert saying they strongly intend to visit Britain in the next three years. (SKYFALL also helped boost visitor numbers to Glencoe in Scotland after being used as a filming location with visits up 41.7% on 2012.*)

VisitBritain Chief Executive Officer Sally Balcombe said:

"We know that the link between tourism and film is a potent one. Recent films have demonstrated that they deliver a real increase in visitor numbers with just under half of our potential visitors to Britain wanting to visit places they have seen featured in films or TV so we are doing everything we can to capitalise on this ‘set-jetting' phenomenon. That's why we are working hard to encourage and inspire more people to holiday in Britain through our ‘Bond is GREAT Britain' campaign, leading to a measurable increase in international visitor numbers and visitor spend across the nations and regions of Britain."

As part of this year's Bond is GREAT campaign, 007 fans from around the world will also have the chance to enter an exclusive online competition at visitbritain.com/spectre to live the Bond lifestyle in Britain - the prize includes a chauffeur driven Aston Martin, private visit to Madame Tussauds and a stay at one of the exclusive Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotels. There's also a ‘Bond is GREAT' advert featuring clips from previous Bond movies and exclusive SPECTRE footage on VisitBritain's YouTube site and uploaded on to VisitBritain.com/spectre.

Inbound tourism is worth $53 billion CAD (£26.2 billion) a year to Britain and our culture and heritage is one of the main attractions for global visitors. SPECTRE provides a great international showcase for some of Britain's iconic locations. The scope of Britain's historical and cultural tourism offer along with its film expertise including its production talent and facilities, have been drawing film-makers to Britain for years.

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To download high-res versions of the 3 images click here .

*According to Scottish Natural Heritage.

Press enquiries:

Tracey Edginton, VisitBritain - +44 (0)207 578 1098


SPECTRE Synopsis

A cryptic message from the past sends James Bond (Daniel Craig) on a rogue mission to Mexico City and eventually Rome, where he meets Lucia Sciarra (Monica Bellucci), the beautiful and forbidden widow of an infamous criminal. Bond infiltrates a secret meeting and uncovers the existence of the sinister organisation known as SPECTRE.

Meanwhile back in London, Max Denbigh (Andrew Scott), the new head of the Centre for National Security, questions Bond's actions and challenges the relevance of MI6, led by M (Ralph Fiennes). Bond covertly enlists Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) and Q (Ben Whishaw) to help him seek out Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux), the daughter of his old nemesis Mr White (Jesper Christensen), who may hold the clue to untangling the web of SPECTRE. As the daughter of an assassin, she understands Bond in a way most others cannot.

As Bond ventures towards the heart of SPECTRE, he learns of a chilling connection between himself and the enemy he seeks, played by Christoph Waltz.

Sam Mendes returns to direct SPECTRE, with Daniel Craig reprising his role as 007 for the fourth time. SPECTRE is produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli. The screenplay is by John Logan and Neal Purvis & Robert Wade and Jez Butterworth, with a story by John Logan and Neal Purvis & Robert Wade.

About VisitBritain

VisitBritain is the national tourism agency, responsible for marketing Britain worldwide and developing Britain's visitor economy. A non- departmental public body, funded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, we work with partners in the UK and overseas to ensure that Britain is marketed in an inspirational and relevant way around the world. Our partners include government agencies such as UKTI and British Council, airlines and operators, global brands such as the Premier League as well as the official tourism bodies for London, England, Scotland and Wales.

About Albert R. Broccoli's EON Productions

EON Productions Limited and Danjaq LLC are wholly owned and controlled by the Broccoli/Wilson family. Danjaq is the US based company that co-owns, with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, the copyright in the existing James Bond films and controls the right to produce future James Bond films as well as all worldwide merchandising. EON Productions, an affiliate of Danjaq, is the UK based production company which makes the James Bond films. The 007 franchise is the longest running in film history with twenty-three films produced since 1962. Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli succeeded Albert R ‘Cubby' Broccoli and have produced some of the most successful Bond films ever including CASINO ROYALE, QUANTUM OF SOLACE and SKYFALL.

About Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc.

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. ("MGM") is a leading entertainment company focused on the production and global distribution of films and television content. The company owns one of the world's deepest libraries of premium film and television programming. In addition, MGM has ownership interests in domestic and international television channels, including MGM-branded channels. For more information, visit

www.mgm.com

About Sony Pictures Entertainment

Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America, a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE's global operations encompass motion picture production and distribution; television production and distribution; home entertainment acquisition and distribution; a global channel network; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; development of new entertainment products, services and technologies; and distribution of entertainment in 159 countries. For additional information, go to www.sonypictures.com

WHAT’S NEW in Britain in 2017

World's top travel bloggers arriving in Inverness for Social Travel Summit

The global social media spotlight will be on Inverness next week when nearly 50 of the world's top travel bloggers arrive for a social media conference.

The Social Travel Summit, this year sponsored by VisitBritain and held in the UK for the first time, brings together popular travel bloggers and the travel industry to explore trends and insights on online travel marketing.

Bloggers from 17 countries including China, France, Germany, India, the Netherlands and the USA will be attending the summit, held from 19 - 21 September and organized by travel network iambassador. The bloggers will also have the chance to see the best of ‘destination Britain' and share these travel experiences with their social media followers during pre and post event trips.

VisitBritain/VisitEngland Chief Executive Sally Balcombe said:

"We know the powerful role social media plays in promoting Britain to overseas visitors so we're thrilled to be bringing this summit here for the first time. I look forward to seeing some fantastic content created by the world's top bloggers as they tour the country, sharing their stories online and inspiring more visitors to book a trip to Britain."


VisitScotland Chief Executive Malcolm Roughead said:

"For Inverness to host the first Social Travel Summit to be held in Great Britain is a fantastic achievement for the Highland capital. The digital domain plays a hugely important role in reaching potential and returning visitors and the tourism industry needs to embrace new ways of working to succeed in a competitive global market."

Social media is at the heart of VisitBritain's domestic and international #OMGB ‘Home of Amazing Moments' campaigns which showcase the incredible experiences that can only be had on a trip in Britain. The campaign invites people to share their amazing UK travel experiences using the hashtag #OMGB (Oh My GREAT Britain), which will also be used by the travel bloggers attending the summit.

Figures from last year's Social Travel Summit held in Hamburg show that more than 500 images and blog posts were created during the summit and shared globally, reaching an estimated four million people.

Research by VisitBritain shows the influence social media has in positioning Britain as a destination of choice for international visitors, offering unparalleled opportunities to engage directly with potential visitors in a timely way, with the right messages, demonstrating an understanding of their world and motivations for travel.

Last year set a record for inbound tourism to Britain on visits and spend with 36.1 million visits, 5% up on 2014, and spending up 1% to £22.1 billion.


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Notes to Editors:

• The Social Travel Summit is sponsored by VisitBritain with substantial support from VisitInvernessLochNess and VisitScotland

  • The Social Travel Summit has received funding from the VisitScotland National Conference Bid Fund and the Highland Council Common Good Fund

• For more information on #OMGB ‘Home of Amazing Moments': https://www.visitbritain.org/great-britain-home-amazing-moments-campaign

Quotes from some of the top bloggers attending the 2016 Social Travel Summit (for press use):

• Landlopers blogger Matt Long (USA) said:

"The Social Travel Summit is always a fantastic opportunity to meet with like-minded peers and learn from them in a collaborative environment. I'm thrilled that the conference is being held in Inverness this year - it's one of my favourite destinations in Britain and an ideal place from which to launch a great trip around the country."
http://www.landlopers.com
Voyages etc. blogger Adeline Gressin (France) said:
"As a professional travel blogger and co-founder of the French travel blogger collective I can't wait to be inspired by the latest social media travel trends and ideas at the summit in Inverness. Britain has so much to offer travellers with its vibrant culture, amazing people, fantastic food and breath-taking landscapes."
http://www.voyagesetc.fr

· Travel Dudes blogger Melvin Bocher (Germany) said:

"The Social Travel Summit is the most important conference for professional travel bloggers and influencers as it provides invaluable opportunities to network and connect with leaders in digital travel marketing. Our job is to inspire our audiences to travel and so Scotland, with its stunning landscapes, is an ideal location for this event."
http://www.traveldudes.org/

· The Shooting Star blogger Shivya Nath (India) said:

"The moment I heard that the 2016 Social Travel Summit is being held in the Scottish Highlands, I knew I had to be part of it. Networking with the travel blogging industry while exploring dreamy countryside landscapes - I can't think of a better way to take my work as a travel blogger to the next level."
http://the-shooting-star.com/

A ‘YORKIE’ ADVENTURE

  • Visit York appoints a Yorkshire Terrier named Yorkie to present its new travelogue series
  • The three part short film series, hosted on You Tube is inspired by ‘slow TV' and follows a Yorkshire Terrier on an unhurried adventure around York and North Yorkshire. The trailer for the series is out today 3rd August 2016 with three episodes to follow shortly (stay tuned on Visit York's YouTube page www.youtube.com/visityork).
  • Viewers are given a unique canine perspective of the historic city and county's most iconic sights
  • Series designed to showcase the many adventures visitors to York and North Yorkshire can have

Dogs have been cast in a variety of starring roles over the years: from their first cinema appearance in the 1894 film Athlete with Wand[1] to the Hollywood classic Lassie Come Home[2], where the eponymous dog embarks on a journey to her Yorkshire home. And that is the very same location in which a little Yorkshire Terrier will today add another string to the dog's venerable bow of feats in front of the camera: by becoming the world's first canine travel show presenter.

The world's first travelogue series hosted by a dog has been commissioned by Visit York and gives viewers the opportunity to embark on an adventure into the heart of England's iconic historic city and its surrounding countryside from the perspective of one of Yorkshire's most famous exports: the Yorkshire Terrier, otherwise affectionately known as a ‘Yorkie'.

The three-part travelogue series has been directly inspired by the hugely popular concept of ‘slow TV'[3] and comprises long stretches of uninterrupted, unhurried footage captured from behind Yorkie - allowing viewers to take in the beauty of York and North Yorkshire's stunning landscapes and visitor attractions in an entirely new way. Dressed in a special adventurer's outfit, complete with Visit York and Yorkshire Rose pin badges, throughout the series Yorkie gives the likes of Michaels Palin and Portillo a run for their money.

You can watch him strolling along the twisting, narrow lane of one of the best preserved medieval streets in Europe, Shambles, getting a ‘VIP guest' dogs-eye view of the giant locomotives at the National Railway Museum, taking a scenic journey in the cosy compartments and wood panelled carriages of a steam train on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, meandering through the enchanting landscapes of the North York Moors National Park and roaming the ruins of Whitby Abbey perched high on the east cliff above Whitby.

‘Yorkie', the adventurous pooch also meets with Viking fans from the site of one of the most astounding discoveries of modern archaeology, at the Jorvik Viking Centre, trots around the gardens of one of Britain's finest stately homes; Castle Howard, dines at the birthplace of a notorious plotter; The Guy Fawkes Inn and explores the history of the city's chocolate making heritage at York's Chocolate Story.

The travelogue series has been launched in partnership with City of York Council, North Yorkshire County Council and Virgin Trains to celebrate Visit York's ‘the Original City Adventure' campaign aimed at encouraging visitors to plan their very own adventure in York and North Yorkshire.

As one of the world's most dog loving nations [4], Visit York aims to showcase the many adventures on offer in the region through the eyes of this adorable pooch and tourism chiefs are keen to point out this is not a guide to dog friendly venues in the area, though well behaved dogs are of course welcome with their owners!

Kate McMullen, Head of Tourism, Make It York, said of the travelogue's launch: ‘We know that photos and videos of lovable animals, especially dogs are really popular on social media. So by commissioning this travelogue series through the eyes of ‘Yorkie', an adorable Yorkshire Terrier, we aim to give newcomers to York and York fans a fun flavour of the adventure that awaits you here in beautiful York and North Yorkshire. We hope our viewers will enjoy watching Yorkie explore York and North Yorkshire.'

Each episode features new attractions where viewers can experience the sights and sounds that the location has to offer. The full list of locations Yorkie visited throughout the filming of the series are as follows:

Walmgate Ale House: visits the wood-beamed snug and chic dining room of the charming 17th century building

Jorvik On Tour: discovers the hustle and bustle of the Viking-age and meets Viking traders (to excite visitors about the re-opening of JORVIK in the New Year)


National Rail Museum: meets the stars of the national locomotive collection in giant halls full of steam and diesel engines


York Minster: Yorkie passes by and advises visitors not to leave without a visit to this world-renowned cathedral


Shambles: meanders the narrow medieval street awarded the most picturesque street in Britain [5]


Guy Fawkes Inn: relaxes in a setting befitting of the time of Guido Fawkes, lit by candlelight and gas lamps


Castle Howard: experiences the breathtaking views of the stately home's tranquil gardens, lakes and fountains


Goathland Station: boards a train at the railway station that became the bewitching Hogsmeade station in the Harry Potter films


North Yorkshire Moors Railway: travels to Whitby on one of the world's greatest heritage railway experiences


Whitby Abbey: enjoys the exhilarating views across Whitby's harbour and town from the site of the 13th century gothic ruins of the abbey church


York Designer Outlet: shops at the outlet that is home to over 120 stores


The Yorkshire Terrier: stops by this York Brewery pub, a hidden gem situated on historic Stonegate, an obvious choice for Yorkie, the presenter! Just a bowl of Yorkshire water consumed of course!

The first episode of Yorkie's travelogue series will be released in mid-August (release dates soon to be announced), followed by two more episodes in September. In the meantime, for a flavour or what's to come, watch the newly released preview trailer of Yorkie's travelogue series at www.youtube.com/visityork, follow Visit York on Twitter and Instagram @visityork and at facebook.com/visityork and share your own York and North Yorkshire adventure with the hashtags #YorkAdventure and #Yorkie.

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Notes to editors:

The travelogue was commissioned by Visit York to encourage visitors to plan their own adventure in York and North Yorkshire and it is important to note that it is not a guide to dog friendly venues - though well behaved dogs are welcome!

1. Cinema's first dog appeared in Edison Studio's Athlete with Wand. The 30-second film was directed by William K. L. Dickson and features a gymnast assuming a number of positions while holding a wand with a dog lounging in the corner of the foreground.

2. Lassie Come Home is a 1943 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Technicolor feature film starring Roddy McDowall and canine actor, Pal, in a story about the profound bond between Yorkshire boy Joe Carraclough and his rough collie, Lassie. The film was directed by Fred M. Wilcox from a screenplay by Hugo Butler based upon the 1940 novel Lassie Come-Home by Eric Knight. The film was the first in a series of seven MGM films starring "Lassie".

3. The name given to ‘slow TV' derived from the natural slow pace of the television program's progress with the latest evolution starting in 2009 when producers broadcast a 7-hour long journey from Oslo to Bergen. Other examples include 12 hours of non-stop knitting and 18 hours of salmon fishing that were also big hits in Norway. The BBC has recently broadcast a canal trip and a sleigh ride inspired by concepts of ‘Slow TV'.

4. The fact that more than half of Brits keep a minimum of one pet shows that they are pet lovers. To be more specific, British households in total host 6.6 million dogs and 7.7 million cats.

5. The unique beauty of The Shambles has been recognised and awarded the title of the most picturesque street in Britain in the Google Street View Awards.

About the Presenter

Yorkie's real name is Sunny, he is 8 years old, lives in Coventry and likes long walks around the countryside and playing with his toys in the garden.

About Yorkshire Terriers

Yorkshire Terriers are commonly referred to today as the "Yorkie".

The English breed is no more than 100 years old and was originally bred for the purpose of catching rats in mines. The ancestors of the Yorkshire Terrier are the Waterside Terrier, a small Scottish breed with a long blue-gray coat. The Waterside Terrier was brought to Yorkshire, England in the mid 19th century.

The Yorkie made its first appearance in England in 1861 during a bench show. At this time they were known as the "Broken-haired Scotch Terrier". The Yorkie kept this title for 9 years until during one show a reporter commented that the breed should be known as Yorkshire Terriers, because the breed had improved so much since their arrival in Yorkshire.

About Make It York

Make It York's purpose is to develop and promote the city and its surroundings - nationally and internationally - as a vibrant and attractive place to live, visit, study, work and do business.

About Visit York

Visit York is a part of Make It York and is the leisure tourism brand.

Under the brand Visit York, Make It York's aim is to market York as a must-see world-class destination to the leisure visitor and ensure investment to develop the quality of tourism in York.

York Tourism Facts

  • £608 million annual tourism spend
  • 6.8 million visitors annually
  • 20,300 jobs supported by tourism