We continue to watch the life of the Queen as season 3 of the award-winning Netflix show, The Crown is released. Now played by Olivia Colman, this season covers real life events and its effects on the lives of the Queen and the Royal Family from 1964 to 1977.
A few of the past filming locations used for seasons 1 and 2 reappear in season 3, in addition to a handful of new ones. Here are filming locations you’ll recognize from the latest season, many of which you can visit.
Winston Churchill’s funeral in January 1965 took place at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. To depict the four day state funeral in the first episode of season 3, Winchester Cathedral stood in as the London cathedral. Winchester Cathedral is a medieval cathedral open year round for visitors to explore 1,000 years of history through guided tours and tower tours for magnificent views across Winchester, exhibitions, and a chance to see Jane Austen’s grave.
How to get there: Winchester Cathedral is a 2 hour train ride from London.
Princess Margaret and her husband, Lord Snowdon toured the United States in 1965 and made a stop at the White House to meet President Lyndon B. Johnson. Filming stayed in Britain as the White House was played by Hylands House, a stately home in Chelmsford. Located on Hylands Estate, the Grade II listed neo-classical residence is open to the public one Sunday per month, but you can view the exterior of the home free of charge when you roam the 574 acres of parkland and gardens.
How to get there: Hylands House is a 1.5 hour train ride from London.
Episode 3 of season 3 covers the tragic events of the Aberfan disaster in October 1966, claiming the lives of 116 children and 28 adults. The mining village of Aberfan was played by a nearby town in south Wales, Cwmaman. And Glynhafod Junior School doubled as Pantglas Junior School, which was destroyed in the disaster. Visitors to the area can learn about Welsh mining and the coal industry at Rhondda Heritage Park, just 30 minutes south of Cwmaman.
How to get there: Cwmaman is about a 45 minute drive from Cardiff.
The Queen visits an exhibition and presents art from the Royal household in the first episode of season 3. Guests and the Queen are filmed as she makes a speech inside the Royal College of Physicians in Central London. The college was founded in the 1500s and it's main building at the east entrance of Regent's Park is a Grade I listed building which houses a museum and gardens free for visitors to enter.
How to get there: The Royal College of Physicians is located in Central London, next to the east entrance of Regent’s Park. Nearest tube stations are Regent’s Park, Great Portland Street, and Warren Street.
The investiture of the Prince of Wales was recreated in episode 6 of season 3 at the real life location in Caernarfon Castle. The castle was built by King Edward I in the Middle Ages and took 47 years to build. King Edward’s son, the first Prince of Wales was born in Caernarfon in 1284. And 700 years later, subsequent Princes of Wales have been invested at the castle. The castle is open year round for visitors to enter this royal fortress-palace.
How to get there: Caernarfon Castle is about a 3.5 hour train journey from Manchester.
West Wycombe House in Buckinghamshire doubled as the Duke of Windsor’s Bois de Boulogne home in Paris in episode 8 of season 3. This Palladian home has been the residence of the Dashwood family for more than 300 years. Set on 45 acres, the home is open for guided tours at select times of the year and walking trails in the surrounding landscaped park and gardens. As a friend of Francis Dashwood, Benjamin Franklin was a regular guest at the home and little has changed since his visits.
How to get there: West Wycombe Park is about an hour drive from London.
Belvoir Castle has played Windsor Castle’s interior and exterior in all three seasons of The Crown. Visitors to the castle can see two of the rooms where filming took place - the Elizabeth Saloon and the Regent’s Gallery - during select days throughout the year. In real life, Belvoir Castle has been the home of the Duke of Rutland’s family since 1067.
How to get there: Belvoir Castle is a 2.5 hour train ride north of London.
Lancaster House once again returns as a central part of the show, playing the role of the official home of the Queen, Buckingham Palace. It’s just a five minute walk away from the real Buckingham Palace and one of a few stately homes doubling as the palace with its opulent interiors including a grand staircase upon entrance and state drawing room. The house is only open to the public once a year during Open House weekend every summer.
How to get there: Lancaster House is located in Central London, in between Buckingham Palace and St. James's Park. The nearest tube station is Green Park.
Wilton House serves as another stand in for Buckingham Palace with its 17th century interiors. Scenes have been shot in the Double Cube Room, doubling as formal rooms in Buckingham Palace. This country house set on 20 acres of landscaped parkland in Salisbury has been home to the Earl and Countess of Pembroke since the 1540s and is open to visitors in spring and summer.
How to get there: Wilton House is about a 2 hour train ride from London.
For exterior shots of Buckingham Palace, the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich doubled as the palace’s courtyard. This riverside masterpiece of Baroque buildings designed by Sir Christopher Wren is the centerpiece of Maritime Greenwich and where naval officers from around the world studied between 1873 and 1997. See the courtyard where The Crown was filmed and don’t miss the Painted Hall and Chapel inside.
How to get there: The Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich is about 30 minutes via Thames Clipper boat or Underground and DLR from central London.
See other filming locations from past seasons here.