Popular TV Shows and Films Driving Vacationers in UK to Location

Europe, Travel News, UK — By Carlo Alcos on May 6, 2011 at 10:20 am

Well, at least we haven’t yet seen any indication of a new trend-word like “TVcation”, or perhaps, “telecation.” Although, now that the cat’s out of the bag, we can really see that taking off. If it does, you know where you heard it first, folks.

As reported by The Telegraph, several UK landmarks and locations are receiving extra attention from being featured in television shows. Over the last 12 months, over nine million people have visited shooting locations for shows such as Downton Abbey and Lark Rise to Candleford. According to CSMA — a motoring and leisure association — 12% of British residents have already visited a British film or TV landmark in 2011.

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Downton Abbey is a series which takes place during the reign of King George V. Highclere Castle, located in Hampshire, is the setting for the fictional Downton Abbey and will likely draw a 400% increase in visitor numbers. The popular Harry Potter films are also causing a big rise in visits to key locales such as Gloucester Cathedral which served as Hogwarts.

Tight financial times also have a large role to play in the rise in tourism within the UK, as many vacationers choose to travel locally.

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