Movie Locations To Visit As A Family

Travel has always been high up on the agenda for the Christie family. Linking a favourite movie to destinations has always been something we have done as a family. There is nothing more magical for a child than visiting a spot from one of their favourite films.

Although I have to make an admission here, it’s something I get giddy about too. Walking the streets of a famous movies scene feels so familiar. Brings back wonderful memories of family movie nights and watching old classics.

I wanted to share some of the favourite movie spots we have visited as a family, but also asked some fab travel bloggers which were their favourite movie locations not only in the UK but also Worldwide.

Visiting Movie Spots In New York

It’s been 7 years since we visited New York; a trip back is most definitely on the cards soon. However visiting with younger children was just incredible. Our plan was to visit sites of all of our favourite family movies. And we went with an outline plan of places we really wanted to visit.

The Piano at FAO Swartz, we were so fortunate to dance on the piano from Big. A film we all love, sadly the store is closed now, however thankfully the piano can now be found at Macey’s.

Movie Locations in NYC www.extraordinarychaos.com

Elf has always been a firm favourite in our home, we had so much fun checking out the subway for gum, I kid you not we did! We also visiting the Rockefeller, even though it was August, so missed out on the tree and ice-skating. The boys relished running around in the revolving doors just like buddy did at the Empire State building.

Exploring Central Park where Santa crashed his sleigh and so many other great movies were filmed felt surreal, like we had been before.

We took a trip to The Natural History Museum, as fans of the Night of The Museum it was disappointing that Rex had been taken down for maintenance. However we did track down the Easter Island Head and some of the other characters. Whilst we were wandering the museum, we also agreed the sale on our house, a special memory we will never forget.

And lastly Central Park Zoo in the search of Alex the Lion of Madagascar fame, he was at the Bronx zoo, but we did spend quite some time wandering and watching the other animals.

The Burj Khalifa in Dubai

Mission impossible filmed some epic scenes from the Burj Khalifa, check out my tips and memories from Dubai and the Burj Khalifa over on the Travel Republic website. If you are in Dubai this is a must visit, the views are beyond incredible and the fountains are breathtaking.

A Postcard From Dubai Day 1

The Palace Hotel, Downtown Dubai, www.extraordinarychaos.com

And here are tips and advice from some great family travel bloggers.

Lisa from Travel Loving Family and Savannah Georgia

We lived in Savannah, Georgia in the Deep South USA for three years. Savannah is a beautiful and historical city, which has been featured, in many popular films including Forrest Gump.

The bench from the famous bench scene (“life is like a box of chocolates”) still exists as does the church spire (with the feather) can also be seen by walking down Bull Street (one of the main streets which leads from River Street to Forsyth Park). Whilst we were living in Savannah they were filming for the Last Song (starring Miley Cyrus) on Tybee Beach known as Savannah’s beach.

The Church in Savannah Travel Loving Family

Jenny from TraveLynn Family on Pondicherry

The first act of Ang Lee’s Oscar-winning ‘Life of Pie’ is entirely set in Pondicherry; an Indian coastal town with a distinct French twist, which harks back its Colonial past. The quiet French Quarter, complete with patisseries, colourful colonial architecture and beautiful churches, forms the backdrop to the majority of sequences. However the film also features the chaotic and vibrant markets in the Tamil District for Pi’s flirtations with his girlfriend, and the central Botanic Gardens were transformed in to Pi’s Father’s zoo.

As a traveller to Pondicherry, enjoy a stroll along the promenade, which comes to life after 6pm when the road is closed to cars, and visit the town’s star attraction, Lakshmi the elephant, outside Sri Manakual Vinayagar Temple. Also, flag down a tuk-tuk to take you to Paradise beach to enjoy a stroll past the brightly painted fishing boats, along the sand to the sound of crashing waves.

Pondicherry_tuktuk TraveLynn Family

Movie Locations In The UK

Ting From My Travel Monkey And Coniston Water

When author Arthur Ransome wrote the popular children’s novel Swallows and Amazons his main source of inspiration came from the stunning scenery that surrounded his Low Ludderburn home, which was close to Coniston Water in the Lake District.

coniston Waters by My Travel Monkey

Visitors who go to Coniston Water can now explore what was essentially a film set. For when the family film of the same name came out in 2016, it was Peel Island or Wild Cat Island in the movie that featured heavily as the children set sail on their adventures.

Consiton Water is beautiful and so full of history. We were lucky enough to sail around it on a Victorian Steam Yacht Gondola, which made our trip there even more special.

And for a little Harry Potter Inspiration (my fave book and film ever) check out these great posts

Helen for Actually Mummy’s, Visit the Whomping Willow of Harry Potter fame

Cathy from Mummy Travel, Top 31 Days Out For Harry Potter Fans

Alnwick Castle in Northumberland to see where the first Harry Potter was filmed. 

And for a little behind the scenes magic check out the House Of MinaLima in Covent Garden.

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And lastly for the Star Wars fans

Carrie from Flying With A Baby recommends Muir Woods National Monument, which is an ancient Redwood forest, just 12 miles away from the Golden Gate Bridge. The magnificent remnants (some over 600 years old) provide a magical and diverse setting to visit. We wondered around on a mild Winter’s January afternoon and found it very quiet and atmospheric.  Star Wars fans will be pleased to know this was the setting for Endor, the home of the Ewoks and the famous speeder bike chase. Equally, you can imagine elves and fairies hiding amongst undergrowth or dancing around the trickling streams. For kids it is a great opportunity to let them burn off some energy, and there are many paved routes within the park which are stroller friendly.

And for more Star Wars fun  Karen from Mini Travellers recommends Puzzlewood in the Forrest of Dean.

We could go on forever? Tracking down exciting movie locations to visit and relive those magical movie moments is such a wonderful part of travelling.

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25 Comments

  1. 10th January 2018 / 8:38 pm

    We loved Universal Studios and spotting bits that were identical to the films! I would love to go to New York and I am so jealous that you got to go on the piano from Big! LOVE that film.

    Stevie x

    • SarahJChristie 18th January 2018 / 8:56 pm

      Ah thanks Stevie, yes Universal is amazing for film spotting isnt it? NYC is just as magical but in a different way x

  2. 12th January 2018 / 4:00 pm

    Brilliant idea for a post. I couldn’t believe that FAO Shwartz closed down – I so wanted to visit when we were in New York 🙁

    • SarahJChristie 18th January 2018 / 8:56 pm

      I know its so sad, but I am glad the piano has moved to Maceys x

  3. 14th January 2018 / 8:31 pm

    Now this is travel inspiration! We’ve done some of the Harry Potter ones. We went to Udaipur in India where Octopussy was filmed back in the 60s – James Bond was still everywhere!

    • SarahJChristie 18th January 2018 / 9:02 pm

      Wow I bet that was amazing, I love the magic of visiting a movie spot x

  4. 18th January 2018 / 2:25 am

    What a fab collection of locations! Thank you for including us! I can’t wait for my boys to get into HP and to be able to take them to the film locations.

    • SarahJChristie 18th January 2018 / 9:06 pm

      Thanks so much for your input Jenny what a fab location, I know I was like that with my boys but am definitely a much bigger fan than them, they roll their eyes at how geeky I am about HP x

  5. 20th January 2018 / 10:46 pm

    I was just going to say Puzzlewood in the Forest of Dean. We went a few years before they shot some of the Star Wars movie there x

  6. 22nd January 2018 / 11:10 am

    Sad to hear FAO Schwartz is gone! 🙁 Love visiting movie filming spots when we travel – great post! #MondayEscapes

  7. 22nd January 2018 / 4:44 pm

    It’s fun to bump into movie sites that you remember/recognise. #mondayescapes

  8. 22nd January 2018 / 8:39 pm

    I love travelling to see film locations too! Tunisia has loads of filming spots that were used in the earlier Star Wars films too, my favourite location has to be Dubrovnik for Game of Thrones though (I know it’s not a movie) which has now been used in Star Wars as well.

  9. 22nd January 2018 / 8:41 pm

    We did some of the Lord of the Rings movie locations in New Zealand and loved checking them out #MondayEscapes

  10. 22nd January 2018 / 8:52 pm

    I visited the Mayan ruins at Tikal in Guatemala last year where one of the temples is featured in Star Wars: A New Hope and that was pretty cool! And I would love to visit any and everything having to do with Harry Potter. 🙂

  11. 22nd January 2018 / 9:06 pm

    Ooh, I’d really like to visit Coniston Water. And I never knew the Big piano was a real thing that you could dance on. How cool is that?? #MondayEscapes

  12. 22nd January 2018 / 9:12 pm

    I loved visiting New York and seeing films based there since. The whole city feels like a movie set. Weeven saw roads closed for a film while we were in town!

  13. 23rd January 2018 / 7:20 am

    I have never thought about seeking out movie locations when travelling, what a nice idea. #mondayescapes

  14. 23rd January 2018 / 10:17 am

    What fun to be able to do all of these! There is also the Harry Potter Train in Scotland too – we went last year and it was fab watching to travel over the viaduct just like in the films!

  15. 23rd January 2018 / 2:13 pm

    Some scenes from Game of Thrones (I know, not a movie, but near enough!) were filmed in Seville. There are many films which feature parts of Iceland – a James Bond chase in Jokulsarlon which we visited 10 years ago.
    I really must get to New York sometime. Still not visited!
    #MondayEscapes

  16. 24th January 2018 / 3:25 am

    How did I not know FAO Schwartz shut down? I loved perusing that store – it was so much (even as an adult)!

  17. 24th January 2018 / 1:19 pm

    I love this post Sarah because like you I enjoy the experience of visiting a location featured in a famous movie! I’m a bit of a Harry Potter geek so I need to visit all of the suggestions above! Thanks for including our Savannah tips;)

  18. 24th January 2018 / 10:01 pm

    Love these ideas. Some great movies and locations! Although I havent seen a number of those movies! Oops #MondayEscapes

  19. 30th January 2018 / 12:32 pm

    I cannot wait to go back to NYC but this time with George! Great post Sarah

  20. 2nd February 2018 / 9:04 pm

    I love this post sarah. I love New York and would love to return with the kids. So many amazing movie locations. We visited Glenfinnan viaduct last year the Harry Potter bridge! #mondayescapes

    • SarahJChristie 4th February 2018 / 6:51 pm

      Ooh I would love that Katy and yes we cant wait to go back to New York we just loved it x

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