To recreate Buckingham Palace or Windsor Castle or to find a suitable location for filming turned out to be for the creators of the series "Crown" is not such a difficult task. Fortunately, there is plenty to choose from in Shakespeare's homeland.
Many of the places that were used as the main locations for filming are open to the public. We have chosen 8 places where episodes of the series were filmed that you can visit.
Wilton House, Salisbury, UK
The Earl of Pembroke Manor was used to recreate the luxurious interiors of Buckingham Palace in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd seasons of the Crown series. In the magnificent halls of the castle you can see the walls covered with damask silks, and an impressive collection of works of art, including works by Rubens, Rembrandt and Van Dyck.
Highlands House, Essex, UK
Neoclassical villa located in Highlands Park, an area of 232 hectares. It is owned and operated by Chelmsford City Council. The estate was used in the 3rd season of the British Monarchs series to film the meeting of Princess Margaret (Helena Bonham Carter) and her husband, Lord Snowdon (Ben Daniels) with President Lyndon Johnson in 1965.
Lancaster House, London, UK
The former royal residence of the 19th century is located in the St. James area in the West End of London. It was also used to recreate Buckingham Palace in all 3 seasons of the Crown series. The mansion is a stone's throw from the real royal residence.
Belvoir Castle, Leicestershire, UK
The interiors of Belvoir Castle appear in the series as Windsor Castle. The castle has been the ancestral home of the Duke and Duchess of Rutland since the 16th century. The owners of the castle rent it for weddings and for filming television programs and films, including The Da Vinci Code (2006).
Winchester Cathedral, Hampshire, UK
The cathedral church and one of the largest cathedrals in Europe, built in the Gothic style. Winston Churchill's funeral was held in London's St. Paul’s Cathedral in 1965, but Winchester Cathedral has become a much more spectacular and practical place to shoot this historic event in the series.
For tourists, the cathedral is mainly associated with the writer Jane Austen, who was buried here in 1817.
Carnarvon Castle, Wales, UK
In 1969, Prince Charles invested in Carnarvon Castle, where the heir to the British crown was given the title of Prince of Wales. This historical moment was recreated in the 3rd season of the series “Crown”, and the castle itself became the filming location of the episode. At the moment, the castle houses a museum of the Welsh royal shooters.
Ardveriki Estate, Invernesshire, Scotland
Ardverica's estate became the scenery for the 1st and 2nd season of the series "Crown", recreating the castle of Balmoral – the Queen's Scottish residence. The estate is managed by a company created by the owner of the castle, Sir John Frechville Ramsden. Interestingly, in 1847, Prince Albert and Queen Victoria spent 3 weeks of summer vacations on the estate.
Audley End House, Essex, UK
To depict the interiors of Balmoral Castle in season 3, the Crown team chose a 17th-century mansion known as the “palace in everything but the name”. Today, the mansion is one third of its original size. The house will impress with a huge collection of works of art, which includes paintings by Canaletto and Giovanni Battista Cipriani.
The halls of the mansion were also used for filming episodes in Windsor Castle and Eton in the 1st and 2nd seasons of the series "Crown".
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