The no-expense-spared Netflix series The Crown features some of England’s most regal locations, all providing a lavish backdrop for the story of our reigning monarch’s early years. Relive the finest moments of Netflix's most regal show by planning a future visit to these popular filming locations. Watch the trailer for the latest season (including Gillian Anderson as the Iron Lady herself) below!
Proudly stood on a hilltop in the Vale of Belvoir, this stunning 19th century bastion is picturesque both inside and out. Several interior rooms were used to replicate Windsor Castle in The Crown, further highlighting Belvoir's royal-worthy design and build. Visit this Leicestershire icon for a birds eye view across the surrounding landscape, and get lost in the castle's lavishly decorated galleries and rooms.
The Netflix series winds back the clock to post-war Britain, and you'll see Matt Smith (Prince Phillip) and Claire Foy (Queen Elizabeth) looking suave in 1940s garb at the Lyceum Theatre, opened in 1841. There’s drama to be found both inside and out, with soaring neo-classic columns greeting guests at the entrance and roaring performances of the ever-popular The Lion King on stage.
This magnificent Norman structure in the historic riverside city of Ely stood in for Westminster Abbey on the wedding day of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip. It has also starred in The Other Boleyn Girl, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, and The King’s Speech.
The Crown filming locations: Old Royal Naval College
Old Royal Naval College
Perched next to the Thames in Greenwich is one of London’s most popular filming locations, having appeared in the likes of Les Miserables and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. For The Crown, The Old Royal Naval College, has been used to recreate the exterior of Buckingham Palace.
This neo-Palladian house has seen little change since it was completed in 1754, and still remains in the care and charge of the Byng family. The house isn’t currently open to the public, however it does make an idyllic location for hosting private functions, banquets and parties. Royal-themed wedding anyone?
The Crown Filming Locations: Northern Quarter, Manchester
Regularly used as a fill-in for the Big Apple, Manchester's quirky Northern Quarter was transformed into New York for several scenes in The Crown season four, focusing on Princess Diana's solo trip to the city in 1989. Look past the iconic yellow taxis and subway signs, and you might spot some of Manchester's finest vintage shops and cafes sporting an entirely different look.
With the Lytton family residing at here since the Tudor times, each generation has made their mark on this magnificent building in the Hertfordshire countryside. Adorned with gargoyles and crowned with turrets and domes, it’s easy to see why this fairy tale location is a big hit on screen. Used, of course, as a location in The Crown, the house has also starred in The King’s Speech, and Batman the Movie.
With Lady Diana Spencer playing a key role in the new season of The Crown, it’s no surprise that her well-publicised wedding to Prince Charles will also feature. When the real-life setting (St Paul’s Cathedral) was unavailable, the interiors of Winchester Cathedral were used as a substitute filming location. First built in 1093 before being redesigned in a striking Gothic style, Winchester Cathedral is one of Europe’s finest and is also the resting place of Jane Austen.
Buckingham Palace features heavily in The Crown, but was unavailable as an actual location for the production team. Instead, the Queen’s residence was recreated with several stately homes across the country, including this elaborate Tudor estate in Wiltshire. As a result, Wilton House’s Double Cube Room – a eye-popping architectural feat – appears in almost every episode of The Crown.
This grand estate was the childhood home of Henry VIII’s children; all three were raised in the Old Palace, a medieval masterpiece dating back to 1485. It was here where Elizabeth I was told of her accession to the throne, making it a fitting place to use in filming for The Crown.
This grand stately home - found on the edge of Peterborough - was used as a double for several exterior shots of Windsor Castle in Season Four of The Crown. Built in the 1600s as a leading example of the Elizabethan prodigy house, Burghley House's unaltered period appearance makes it a more than capable fill-in for a royal residence.
With restrictions easing across England, please continue to follow government guidance and remember to plan ahead and check attraction websites before travelling. Take a look at our top tips on how to escape the everyday responsibly to see how you can make the most out of your day trips and breaks.