Set jetting, visiting the places where famous movies and television shows are filmed, has become increasingly popular in recent years, and is now easier than ever before. Thanks to tourist boards and tour companies, travelers all over the world can now participate in this popular past-time, with numerous official tours taking you visitors around some of the most popular film and TV destinations all over the world.
With more and more films and TV shows being shot on location (rather than in a studio), the options available to you are greater than ever before, meaning you can visit famous locations from everything Game of Thrones to Lord of the Rings. It’s become big business for tour operators globally, and even film studios are cashing in on the set jetting trend, as they realise they can augment their money-spinning Hollywood formula with studio and location tours.
So next time you’re watching your favourite film or binge-watching your way through a box set, why not get out there and experience these incredible destinations for yourself, using this handy guide as a starting point.
Lord of the Rings, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
Fancy seeing Mount Doom in real life? Then take a trip to the Tongariro National Park in New Zealand, home of Mount Ngauruhoe which was used as the famous mountain in Mordor. Not only that, but you can visit Mangawhero Falls, where the Ithilien Camp scenes were filmed. If you want to take an official tour, get in touch with the New Zealand Tourist Board who now organize full tours of the area.
Harry Potter, Diagon Alley, Hertfordshire, England
Studio tours have also become incredibly popular in recent years, and none more so than the Warner Bros studio in Herfordshire, where fans of the famous franchise can take in the ‘Making of Harry Potter’ tour and visit the iconic Diagon Alley.
Tomb Raider, Ta Phrom, Cambodia
The incredible Angkor temple complex in Cambodia is not only beautiful and historic in its own right, but the maze-like temple of Ta Phrom is a key location in the Tomb Raider franchise. There are numerous well-organised tours from Siem Reap to Angkor, most of which will take you through the famous Ta Phrom temple, stunning visitors with its barely restored beauty and phenomenal scale.
Breaking Bad, Albuquergue, New Mexico
The hugely popular Breaking Bad series may have finished some time ago, but fans of Walter White and Jesse Pinkman can still enjoy the renowned ABQ Trolley’s BaD Tour of Albuquerque, taking in 38 famous locations from the show. There are also various other tours, including an acclaimed biking tour which can be tailored depending on which character from the hit series you’d like to follow.
Game of Thrones, Dubrovnik, Croatia
No set jetting post would be complete without a location from the phenomenally successful Game of Thrones TV series, and where better for fans to visit than the walled fortress of Dubrovnik, home of the fictional capital of the Seven Kingdoms; King’s Landing. The UNESCO site is filled with famous locations from the series, including Blackwater Bay, Srd Hill and the Pile Gate.