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Where was The Crown filmed?

Date: 13th November 2019
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Author: Jess Hawley
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Publisher: Darwin Escapes
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The Crown Filming Locations

Documenting Queen Elizabeth II’s life as a Monarch, Netflix’s hit TV series The Crown has attracted an audience worldwide.

Of course, a show about the reigning Monarch goes hand in hand with regal locations, surroundings and film sets. With the new season soon to be on our screens, we’ve put together a list of The Crown filming locations that you can visit whilst staying at one our 5 star resorts.


1. Lancaster House, London, England.

Even multi-million corporations can’t buy their way into the Buckingham Palace. Lancaster House is the perfect alternative to replicate Buckingham Palace’s lavish interiors and has been used for all three seasons of The Crown. This 19th century house was formerly host to the nobility’s social and political affairs, it is now used for events and hospitality by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and of course, film sets. The house is open once a year during Open House London, you can find out more on their website here.

Price: Free

Nearest Resort: Tilford Woods Lodge Retreat (80 mins by car)


2. Ely Cathedral, Cambridgeshire, England

The crew and cast weren’t granted access to Westminster Abbey, so Ely Cathedral was used as a filming location to replicate the Abbey for two separate occasions in The Crown. The Queen’s Coronation, famed for being one of the first televised royal events, and the Queen and Prince Phillip’s Wedding.

It’s no wonder that Netflix chose Ely Cathedral as the backdrop, with its beautiful structure and stain glass windows, the current structure dates back to 1081 and was granted Cathedral status in 1109, it is also the only building in the UK in the ‘Seven Wonders of the Middle Ages’.

Price: Adult tickets start from £9. More info on their website here.

Nearest Resort: Norfolk Woods Resort & Spa (45 mins by car)


3. Caernarfon Castle, Gwynedd, Wales


Prince Charles’ investiture ceremony was recreated for season 3 of The Crown in its actual real-life location, Caernarfon Castle. The ceremony was a formal recognition of Charles’ Prince of Wales title, with the Queen presenting him with five pieces of insignia.

Constructed in the 11th century, Caernarfon Castle is recognised as one of the greatest medieval fortresses in the world and is currently open to be explored by the public.

Price: £9.90 for Adults, you can find more prices here

Nearest Resort: New Pines Holiday Home Park (59 mins by car)


4. The Old Royal Naval College


Used to impersonate Buckingham Palace’s regal exterior and courtyard through each season of the Crown, The Old Royal Naval College sits along the Thames in Greenwich.

Formerly Greenwich Palace, it was used as one of the main royal palace residences during the Tudor Era by some well-known names including Henry VIII. Henry VIII and both of his daughters, Mary I and Elizabeth I, were born at the palace and each held their courts there too!

Price: £11 for Adults, you can find all of the prices on their website.

Nearest Resort: Tilford Woods Lodge Retreat


5. Belvoir Castle, Leicestershire, England

Standing in for Windsor castle during all three series of The Crown, Belvoir Castle dates back to the 11th century and boasts stunning interiors and mesmerising views.

The Castle has been in the Duke of Rutland’s family since 1067 and the fourth castle and ancestral home was built in the 19th century for the 5th Duke and Duchess of Rutland. The Castle, gardens and woodlands are open to the public, so you can see this filming location from The Crown with your own eyes.

Price: Adults tickets starting from £12, find more prices online here

Nearest Resort: Norfolk Woods Resort & Spa (90 mins by car)


6. Wilton House, Salisbury, England


Yet another filming location used to replicate Buckingham Palace, Wilton House was used during all three seasons to recreate the regal interiors of the Palace.

Wilton House is nestled away in a breathtaking countryside location in Wiltshire, with a history dating back further than the 16th century, it has also been home to the Earls of Pembroke for over 400 years.

Price: Adult tickets from £6.50, more prices here.

Nearest Resort: Cheddar Woods Resort & Spa, Hawkchurch Resort & Spa, Tilford Woods Lodge Retreat (80 mins by car)


7. Audley End House, Essex, England


Audley End House was considered to be one of most impressive houses of the 17th century. The 1st Earl of Suffolk had Audley End built to the scale of a palace, it was a rebuild of a previous house built by the Earl’s grandfather.

Audley End was used as a filming location during all three series of The Crown, imitating Balmoral Castle in series 3, whilst the great hall and library were both used to substitute for Windsor Castle and Eton in series 1 and 2.

Price: Adult tickets start from £18.50, you can find prices on English Heritage’s website.

Nearest Resort: Norfolk Woods Resort & Spa

Photo credits: Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Barry Skeates, Mark Ramsay, jcdl., Henry Lawford

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