17 Movie & TV Movie Locations That Are Now Essentially Tourist Traps

Harry Potter is an important cash cow for tourism in the UK.

We all know that movies and shows are full of iconic moments. Sometimes these moments are so impressive that fans flock to the locations where they were filmed to experience the magic for themselves.

Here are 17 real-life TV and movie locations that have inspired fans and led to a ~drastic~ spike in tourism.


Glenfinnan Viaduct, Scotland – Harry Potter

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Is there a more iconic flyover in the world? This stretch of railway has become famous for its use, mainly in The secret roomand today it is a pilgrimage for Potter fans. You can even click on the steam train which goes over the viaduct, and every year many enthusiasts make the trip!

The sheer number of visitors has terrified the National Trust For Scotland, who have voiced their concerns the possibility of accidents due to people traveling excessively between Fort William and Mallaig.


Kings Cross Station, London – Harry Potter

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There are many reasons why London is one of the most visited cities, but thanks to Harry Potter and platform nine and three quartersis Kings Cross specifically always overtaken by Potter fans. Every year, people queue up to have their picture taken with the wall with a cart of honor attached.


Matamata (and everywhere), New Zealand – Under the spell of the Ring

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New Zealand actually on the top of the list of the most visited filming locations, mainly because of the epic landscapes that helped create Under the spell of the Ring what is is! From Mount Doom to Hobbiton, New Zealand has thousands… The Lord of the Rings lovers every year. Their journey brings them through the whole countrythat not only stimulates the economy, but also a cause for concern for some citizens who are concerned about protecting the country.


Phi Phi Leh, Thailand – The beach

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The idyllic coast they shot on The beach starring Leo DiCaprio became a huge draw for anyone who traveled to Thailand in the 00s. The bay even received up to 5,000 visitors a day until it was closed in 2018, allowing the country to recover from the excessive tourism. It reopened earlier this year!


Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia – Rocky II

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43 years after the iconic scene where Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa runs up 72 flights of stairs, and fans of the film are STILL doing that same jog† A few years ago, some lucky tourists even ran up the stairs to find none other than Sylvester Stallone himself there, and they even got a happy picture with him on those famous stairs.


West 167 Street, The Bronx, New York – joker

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Stick to stairs, the now famous joker scene where Joaquin Phoenix dances down stairs in the Bronx recently inspired fans, with a lot of flooding to see the stairs and take pictures there. The increased interest is actually a major nuisance for the local populationbecause they now have to constantly navigate around groups of tourists.


Nærøyfjord, Norway – Frozen

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The fictional country of Arendelle is loosely based on the Norwegian landscape and the success of the hit film has led to a 37% increase in tourism from the US. This was great news for hotels and tour operators — some of which have started hosting Disney tours especially — as bookings and visitors have skyrocketed since the film’s release in 2013.


Dubrovnik, Croatia – Game of Thrones

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Game of Thrones had one of the biggest viewerships in TV history, and this naturally led fans to seek out the amazing locations the series shot. One of the most popular places is Dubrovnik in Croatiawhere fans of the show gather to glimpse the setting for most of Kings Landing.


Castle Ward, Northern Ireland – Game of Thrones


Croatia is not the only place GOT has had an effect. Until 350,000 fans visit Northern Ireland every year solely to see Winterfell’s inspiration and shooting location. In 2019, tourism was estimated to have contributed £251 million to the local economy since 2010! However, local residents have also complained that tourists are clogging roads and making it difficult to drive around.


Skellig Michael, Ireland – Star Wars

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De Tourism southwest of Ireland also got a boost in 2015 when Star Wars: The Force Awakens was released. Consider the last Jedi was shot there too Star Wars-inspired tourism has remained big in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Skellig Michael, its most prominent movie tourism attraction.


Albuquerque – Breaking Bad


This house in Albuquerque has become famous because it belonged to the meth maker Walter White in Bad break. Fans of the show flocked to the house featured in the series. In fact, tourism became so regular that local residents became increasingly frustrated and forced to make a ?? two meter long fence around the house to scare off visitors!


Cornwall, England – Poldark

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This region of southern England has always been a popular holiday destination, but the popular BBC show has helped to significantly increase the number of visitors to Cornwall. In 2019 it was reported that 13% of visitors considered the program to be one of the most important factors in their choice to attend.


Broadrick Street, San Francisco – Full room


The house that was featured in both the sitcom and the sequel is a frequent destination for fans of the show. Apparently up to 50 people show up on a normal day, but over 100 on a good weekend. Locals found it quite a nuisance, with fans blocking traffic, crowding walkways and blocking driveways in pursuit of selfies.


Chelsea, London – love actually

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A Chelsea house is featured in one of the most iconic scenes from the famous rom-com. The owner of the house has since claimed that she didn’t even know it was famous when she bought it, but now has to deal with a constant stream of Instagrammers, tourists and couples taking pictures on her doorstep. In an effort to gain some privacy, the owner has even asked the municipality to discourage tourists from visiting. No word on whether that worked or not.


Birmingham, England – Peaky Blinders

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I don’t think this kind of counts, because the actual shooting is technically done in Manchester and Liverpool. However, the hit series is *set* in Britain’s second-largest city, and this has helped thousands of fans get excited to take it all in. Peaky Blinders† The number of visitors has increased by 26% from 2013 to 2018, and there are now Peaky Blinders themed festivals, escape rooms, pubs and beers to enjoy in and around Birmingham!


Forks, Washington – Twilight

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The saga, with its die-hard fan base, has been through quite a bit influence in this small town on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. Prior to the release of the Twilight saga in 2005, Forks saw about 5,000 people pass through the visitor center every year, but by 2009 this had risen to nearly 70,000! Despite a slight dip in recent years, fans still regularly travel to Forks, most notably for the Forever Twilight in Forks Festival and other Twilight-themed attractions that the city has installed.


The Ohio State Reformatory, Mansfield, Ohio – The Shawshank Redemption

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While prisons aren’t necessarily hotspots for vacationing, this iconic film is enough to lure people into this prison. Visitors can use the Shawshank Path to see 15 different filming locations and even visit the prison itself. Back in 2019 as much as 30,000 fans flocked to celebrate the film’s 25th anniversary!

What are the filming locations you would like to visit? Let us know in the comments below!

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