UK Castles Used In Movies

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UK Castles Used In Movies

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Blackness Castle

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Blackness Castle is a 15th-century fortress, near the village of Blackness in Scotland, on the south shore of the Firth of Forth. It was built, probably on the site of an earlier fort, by Sir George Crichton in the 1440s. It was used as the setting for “Black Jack” Randall’s Fort William headquarters in the series Outlander.

Doune Castle, Perthshire

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Doune Castle is a medieval stronghold near the village of Doune, in the Stirling district of central Scotland that was built for the Regent Albany.  It stands in for the fictional Castle Leoch in Outlander, home to Jamie’s uncle Colum Mackenzie and his clan.

Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland

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Eilean Donan is a small tidal island where three sea lochs meet, Loch Duich, Loch Long and Loch Alsh, in the western Highlands of Scotland. A picturesque castle that frequently appears in photographs, film and television dominates the island.

Eilean Donan has made several appearances in films, beginning with Bonnie Prince Charlie in 1948 and The Master of Ballantrae in 1953.The castle was the setting for the 1980 short film Black Angel, filmed to accompany screenings of The Empire Strikes Back in theaters. It featured prominently in Highlander (1986) as the home of Clan MacLeod, was backdrop to a dance scene in the Bollywood movie Kuch Kuch Hota Hai in 1998, and served as the Scottish headquarters of MI6 in The World Is Not Enough in 1999. In Elizabeth: The Golden Age Eilean Donan stood in for Fotheringhay Castle in England. In the movie Made of Honor Eilean Donan can be seen as home of the groom’s family. It was also used in the opening shots of the film “Prince Valiant” (1954) starring Robert Wagner, Janet Leigh and James Mason.

Leeds Castle, Kent, England

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This castle with almost 900 years of history was a location for the 1949 Ealing Comedy film Kind Hearts and Coronets, where it stood in for ‘Chalfont’, ancestral home of the aristocratic d’Ascoyne family.

It also appeared in the films The Moonraker (1958) and Waltz of the Toreadors (1962).

On the small screen, the castle and grounds provided all the filming locations for a Doctor Who serial, The Androids of Tara, in 1978. Sir Cliff Richard, filmed a live concert here, with Leeds Castle as a backdrop, titled, “Castles in the Air”.

The castle was recently used as a filming location for Elizabeth : The Golden Age.

Margam Castle, Margam, Neath Port Talbot, Wales

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Margam Castle is a large Victorian era country house, built in Margam, Port Talbot, Wales, for Christopher Rice Mansel Talbot (1803–1890). It was constructed over a ten-year period, from 1830 to 1840. Although called a “castle”, the building is really a large comfortable country house, one of many “mock” castles built in the 19th century during the Gothic Revival. The Margam Castle was used as a filming site for the TV series Da Vinci’s Demons.

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