How to visit The Crown filming locations in Britain

Monday 07 November 2016

The Crown TV series 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. Set in the 1950s, the series has featured some of Britain's most regal locations to tell the story of Queen Elizabeth II, here are some you can visit:

Hatfield House

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 had his 3 children raised in the palace, including Elizabeth I - it was here she was told of her accession to the throne, making it a fitting location for The Crown!

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

Wrotham Park

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

Getting there: Wrotham Park is in Barnet, Hertfordshire, 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.

Getting there: Ely is located in Cambridge, a 2-hour drive or a 70-minute train journey from London.

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.  

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, 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 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.

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