Following our royal majesty The Queen through the 20th century in smash-hit TV series The Crown has kept us on the edge of our seats. Now find out how to experience the royal lifestyle at these British locations used for filming the show…
The Royal Yacht Britannia
The Royal Yacht Britannia features in the second series of The Crown, as HRH Prince Philip tours the world. While the scenes weren’t filmed on board the actual royal yacht, which is now berthed in Edinburgh, Scotland and is a 5-star visitor attraction, the production company worked very closely with Britannia to recreate the detail that was reflected on screen.
Britannia was home to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family for more than 40 years, sailing more than 1million miles around the world.
Getting there: The Royal Yacht Britannia is berthed in Leith, 2 miles from Edinburgh city centre.
Home to the 7th Marquis and Marchioness of Salisbury and their family, this grand house also includes the Old Palace, which was owned by Henry VIII. The King raised his 3 children in the palace, including Elizabeth I - it was here she was told of her accession to the throne, making it a very fitting location for The Crown!
Getting there: Hatfield House is in Hertfordshire and a 70-minute journey by train or car from London.
Spectacular Ely Cathedral was dates back to AD 672, with the current building dating back to AD 1083, and in The Crown it 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 cathedral has also starred in The Other Boleyn Girl, Elizabeth: The Golden Age and The King's Speech.
Getting there: Ely is located very near to Cambridge, a 2-hour drive or a 70-minute train journey from London.
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.
Getting there: Knebworth House is an 80-minute drive from London. Alternatively it's a 65-minute journey by public transport.
Slains Castle and Cruden Bay, Scotland
Standing on a Scottish clifftop 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 Crown.
Getting there: Cruden Bay is less than a 4-hour drive from Edinburgh, or 4 and a half hours by public transport. Edinburgh is an hour's flight from London.