Movies That Were Filmed In Your New City!
By Lara Thompson on October 28th, 2021
You may think that all of your favourite films are shot across the pond, but actually, some of Hollywood’s biggest films have been shot right here in the UK. Across some of our great cities we are blessed with historic architecture that provides the perfect backdrop for the big screen – as well as your new home.
We have pulled together our favourite films that were shot in your new hometowns, so you can go out and relive the magic!
Liverpool has been transformed into Gotham City! Robert Pattinson was spotted outside St George’s Hall which is doubling as Gotham City Hall and on top of Liverpool’s Royal Liver building when filming for the new Batman movie due to be released March 2022. Liverpool is expected to play a massive role in the big Hollywood
If you’re a football fan you might have noticed a familiar ground during the award-winning film The King’s Speech starring Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter. – Elland Road Football Stadium, home to Leeds United, was staged as old Wembley stadium to host King George’s final speech.
The Theory of Everything follows the life of Stephen Hawking and his wife Jane Wilde from them meeting at Cambridge University. There are lots of recognisable places for our Cambridge students to visit such as trinity lane, ‘Bridge of Sighs’- and Kings College Chapel.
Although Harry Potter has been filmed all across the UK, I think we can all agree that the most iconic scenes were all captured in London. There are lots of memorable Harry Potter scenes just on your door step you can go visit for free! From Leadenhall Market in the City of London, which Diagon Alley, to London Zoo’s reptile house where Harry first discovers his gift of communicating with snakes – the capital has it all. Most importantly, London is home to King’s Cross station, where the iconic Platform 9 ¾ is located.
Are you a Marvel or DC fan? Well, if you’re Marvel, Edinburgh has the perfect sights for you to visit. Captured Avengers Infinity War, Edinburgh’s Old Town seemed to be the perfect spot for these Super heroes. The Old Town’s bustling thoroughfare was transformed into the backdrop of a thrilling fight scene for the film. As you walk down the Royal Mile, the cobbles and the gothic architecture should look familiar thanks to their repeated appearances in the scene, , all the way into Waverly Station.
Of course, we had to include a film with Brad Pitt in it! The Hollywood blockbuster World War Z was filmed in Glasgow, with city landmarks such as George Square, Kelvingrove Art Gallery, the Central Chambers, Kelvingrove Park, Devonshire Terrace and the Theatre Royal perfectly recreating opulent early 20th century Philadelphia City.
Captain America turned Manchester’s Northern Quarter into New York in the 1940s. Dale Street was transformed into the Big Apple for the Captain America origin story for a car chase which is in the final part of the film.
Exeter’s blend of old architecture with a modern twist has become a popular place for film crews. An episode of Skins is entirely based in the University of Exeter, with the university itself even using it to attract students to its campus.
Who doesn’t like seeing fast cars going through their city? Newcastle had plenty, with the huge fight scene at the end of Transformers being filmed around the city centre. Keep your eyes peeled in the film spot iconic landmarks and old buildings from the North East city
Nativity! Has become a feel-good Christmas classic, spawning sequels and even a stage musical. Based in Coventry, film crews took advantage of key sites across the Midlands city, including the Telegraph’s old offices on Corporation Street and Coventry cathedral. With the help of the local community, the movie has become one of the most-loved Christmas films with festive fun, romance and lots of children.
Fancy having a Downing day out and going to these well-known movie scenes that are in your city! Don’t forget to tag us in the pictures on Instagram @downing_students.