How to Tour Filming Locations From ‘Downton Abbey’ and ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’

You can also visit spots from TV shows 'Supergirl', 'Game of Thrones' and 'Outlander'.
 

Highclere Castle, a.k.a. Downton Abbey

Highclere Castle, a.k.a. Downton Abbey

Visit the places where your favourite television characters have laughed, cried and jumped into action.

Superhero: Supergirl, Vancouver, B.C.

Tourism Vancouver makes it easy to follow in the footsteps of this fierce Kryptonian with its handy guide to some of the second season’s filming locations; spots include the Vancouver Central Library and the Bloedel Conservatory.

Historical: Downton Abbey, various locations, England

Let the upstairs-downstairs drama and period intrigue of Downton Abbey sweep you away on Premium Tours’ day-long adventure through England. Departing from London, the tour stops in Oxford, Bampton (where the village scenes were filmed) and Newbury for the grand finale—Highclere Castle, a.k.a. Downton Abbey.

Action: Game of Thrones, various locations, Ireland and Northern Ireland 

Game of Thrones Tours’ Dublin Winterfell Locations Trek takes you on a day-long excursion featuring filming locations associated with the popular series, based on George R.R. Martin’s books. Stops include Castle Ward Estate, home to nine locations used in the show.

Fantasy: Outlander, various locations, Scotland

The Visit Scotland self-guided 12 Day Outlander Itinerary celebrates Diana Gabaldon’s books and the television show by highlighting locations from both. Follow Claire’s journey into the past at sites that include Blackness Castle, Dysart Harbour and the town of Culross in Fife.

Drama: The Handmaid’s Tale, Toronto, Ontario

The capital of Ontario stands in for some scenes of fictional Gilead in this award-winning series based on the novel by Margaret Atwood—who also happens to live in Toronto. Filming locations include the city’s subway system, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, the Harbourfront Centre and the Fairmont Royal York hotel.

Comedy: Broad City, New York City, New York

Run through the streets of Manhattan and Brooklyn in true Abbi and Ilana style with NYC & Company’s Broad City Guide to NYC. This self-guided itinerary takes you to some of the most memorable locales featured in the acclaimed sitcom.

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[This story appears in the January 2019 issue of WestJet Magazine]

 

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