Between The Crown and Downton Abbey, British historical television shows have become all the rage in Hollywood. And lucky for us, there’s another lavish costume drama ready to steal our monarch-loving hearts: Victoria. Based on the life of Queen Victoria, whose reign spanned an impressive 63 years from 1837 to 1901, the PBS program stars Doctor Who’s Jenna Coleman and features some of the prettiest (and most iconic) landmarks in Britain.
Here’s how you can go behind-the-scenes of Victoria and see them for yourself.
This grand mansion in Yorkshire served as a key location for the eight-part series—and is currently inhabited by one of Queen Victoria’s direct descendants. Today, visitors can explore the striking Lancelot “Capability” Brown landscaped gardens, sip afternoon tea on the terrace (reservations need to be booked in advance), or pet friendly alpacas and pygmy goats at the resident farm.
Getting there: Harewood House is a 25-minute drive from the city of Leeds, England.
Built within 1,000 acres of luscious landscape in the Howardian Hills, this regal 18th-century residence has remained part of the Howard family for more than 300 years. Billed as Yorkshire’s finest historic house, Castle Howard makes a constant cameo in Victoria, standing in as Kensington Palace, the home of the young royal. Spend an afternoon admiring the sumptuous bedrooms, great halls, and ornate state rooms furnished with world-renowned works of art, before making your way to the surrounding gardens dotted with woodland paths, lakeside terraces, and calming fountains.
Getting there: Castle Howard is a 30-minute drive from York, England.
Considered one of the largest parish churches in Britain, this gothic masterpiece filled in for the famous Westminster Abbey during the wedding scenes of the show. Revel in the masterful stained glass, intricate carvings, and impressive architecture—or stay for one of the holy services, which are always open to the public. Self-guided tours are also available on the church’s website.
Getting there: Beverley Minster is a four-hour drive from London.
Recognize the smoky interior of the gentleman’s club graced by Lord Melbourne and the Duke of Wellington in Victoria? Though Tinseltown may have wanted us to believe the scenes were taking place inside the kitchen of Kensington Palace and attic of Buckingham Palace, they were really shot at this stately home in North Yorkshire. Built in the 1690s by Sir Christopher Wren, Newby Hall is one of England’s renowned Adam houses and an exceptional example of 18th century interior decoration. Traveling with kids? Be sure to check out the permanent Dollshouse Exhibition, featuring 70 artfully-decorated miniature houses, ranging from rustic farm retreats to modern-day bachelor pads.
Getting there: Newby Hall is a four-and-a-half-hour drive from London
High Street is the oldest street in Hull, a port city in East Yorkshire. For seasons 2 and 3 of Victoria, the street transformed back as it was in the Victorian era. When not filming, High Street is known for its Georgian houses and historic spots including Wilberforce House, the birthplace of William Wilberforce, a campaigner against the slave trade. His home on High Street is now a museum housing his personal items.
Getting there: Hull is a five-hour drive or two-and-a-half hour train ride north of London, or a two-hour drive east of Manchester.
18th century architecture throughout Liverpool’s Georgian Quarter became the backdrop for scenes in season 3 of Victoria. Actors and crew were seen on historic locations, including Huskisson Street and Bedford Street, and in Falkner Square Gardens. The area was originally built for housing that Liverpool’s elite could afford. Today, the Georgian Quarter is still a residential area and surrounded by upscale restaurants including 60 Hope Street and London Carriage Works. Also in the neighborhood are two cathedrals, Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King and Liverpool Cathedral, the second largest Anglican Cathedral in the world. And to top it all off, the Georgian Quarter is also home to the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall and Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts.
Getting there: Liverpool is a five-hour drive or two-and-a-half hour train ride north of London, or a 30-minute train ride from Manchester.
Scenes for Buckingham and Kensington Palaces in Victoria were actually filmed in Wentworth Woodhouse. This house that stood in as the palaces is the largest private residence in the UK and has the longest country house facade in England at 606 feet long. It is open to the public and visitors can learn more about the history through guided tours of the house and gardens or visit during one of their annual family friendly events.
Getting there: Wentworth Woodhouse is a three-and-a-half hour drive or train ride north of London, or a two hour drive or train ride east of Manchester.
In real life, Queen Victoria visited Blair Castle on several occasions and in season 2 episode 7, Blair Castle was used to recreate one of her visits. The castle sits on 145,000 acres of land known as Atholl Estates. Ponies native to the estate were featured in the episode, along with the Atholl Highlanders, the last remaining private army who really served as escorts to Queen Victoria during her visit. The castle is open to visitors for tours of the interior, including 30 rooms filled with pieces of Scottish history. Note: The castle is closed during winter months from October to March.
Getting there: Blair Castle is a two-hour drive from Edinburgh.