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Cityscape hits up some of the world’s most famous film destinations.

The world’s coming here to stand in front of all those gorgeous, green backdrops from the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit – so assuming you’ve ticked a few of the Rings locations off already, here are a few hot overseas destinations for feeling like a Hollywood hero.

PETRA, JORDAN – It’s hard to forget the moment when Indiana Jones arrives at the temple of the Holy Grail in The Last Crusade, and almost equally hard to believe you can have the same experience yourself in Petra, arriving by donkey (you probably won’t find any centuries-old knights, though).



PHUKET, THAILAND – The gorgeous vistas of Thailand have popped up in plenty of films, including James Bond entries and notably in Danny Boyle’s The Beach. Head to Ko Phi Phi Lee beach, dig your toes in the sand and stand where Leo Di Caprio did (just mind the pot plantation!).



HATFIELD HOUSE, UK – When Hollywood needs a home for a rich superhero, it heads for Hatfield House in Hertfordshire. The historic country house (1611) has played the onscreen digs of both Lara Croft (Tomb Raider) and Batman, as well as hosting scenes for Sherlock Holmes, Shakespeare in Love, V for Vendetta and Elizabeth: The Golden Age, which you can spot on a guided tour.

MALTA – Epitomising Mediterranean splendour, Malta’s famous Azure Window has starred front and centre in Clash of the Titans (the good 80s version –Kraken anyone?) The Count of Monte Cristo and also on TV’s The Odyssey, but most famously in Game of Thrones, while the tiny island has provided the backdrop to blockbusters including Midnight Express, Gladiator, Alexander, Troy, The Da Vinci Code, World War Z and many (many!) more.

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