From Game of Thrones to Star Wars: Gloucestershire’s most used spots for films and TV shows

The stunning countryside, quirky towns and historic buildings around Gloucestershire attract hundreds of producers and directors to shoot their TV shows or films here.

Many use landscape shots that may only be recognisable to residents here, but below are some specific locations that have been used over the last 20 years.

The best part is, you can visit them all for free or for a small entrance fee! Why not take your own photos of the backdrops or recreate famous scenes?

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Gloucester Cathedral

1. Gloucester Cathedral

This piece of famous architecture stands north of the city centre and has been there standing for approximately 1,000 years.

It’s beautiful stained-glass windows and traditional corridors make a great set for filming.

The Hollow Crown (BBC Shakespeare) was filmed here, presenting it as the Royal Palace of Westminster.

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Wolf Hall  which starred Oscar winner Mark Rylance.

Sherlock (the TV show) which starred Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman as it perfectly suited the dramatic elements

Harry Potter (films 1, 2 and 6) used the cloisters to represent the corridors of Hogwarts, and Dr Who used the cathedral as the backdrop for a snow-filled Christmas special.

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Gloucester Docks

2. Gloucester Docks

The historic Gloucester Docks have a long history of being redeveloped, revamped and have became a popular tourist attraction.

Alice through the Looking Glass (Tim Burton) used the docks for a week to film a maritime scene, after producers saw images of the famous Gloucester Tall Ships Festival and liked the look of it.

Amazing Grace used the docks for their narrative about the slave trade.

Vanity Fair which starred Reece Witherspoon from Legally Blonde, used the dockyard to represent the Port of Madras.

Rosie and Jim can be remembered by 90s babies as their canal boat once floated down the docks.

Puzzlewood, near Coleford, Forest of Dean

Puzzlewood, near Coleford, Forest of Dean

3. Puzzlewood

Puzzlewood is in the centre of the Forest of Dean, and its surroundings of rich greenery and intertwining trees creates a fantastic backdrop for fantasising about dragons, unicorns and magic.

Jack the Giant Slayer which starred Ewan McGregor used the trees for their adaptation of the popular fairy-tale, Star Wars: The Force Awakens used them and the producer said it was ‘’the most magical forest on the face of the earth’’, and Merlin (BBC Series) used the area multiple times as a hideout, creature habitat and for action-scenes.

Recently, visitors have swamped to see the Iron Throne, as the creators of Game of Thrones sent fans on a treasure hunt to find six replicas around the world (this was the only one in the UK!) that would be stationed there for a limited time ahead of their final series premiere.

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