How to visit The Crown filming locations in Britain

Tuesday 17 October 2017

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.  With Season One coming to DVD and Blu-ray on 16 October 2017, find out how to experience the royal lifestyle at these locations used for filming the TV series…

Still from The Crown
Image credit: Netflix 2017
 

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 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. 

Ely Cathedral

Ely Cathedral interior

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.

Knebworth House

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 public transport. 

Slains Castle and Cruden Bay, Scotland

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.

Scene from The Crown
Image credit: Netflix 2017

 

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