As we approach The Oscars, find out a little about the filming locations for two of the nominated movies and plan a trip to explore the locations of these famous films.
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The Film: The Imitation Game
Nominated for Best Picture and set at Bletchley Park in Buckinghamshire, and also filmed in Oxfordshire and Dorset, this WW2 drama follows the story of a group of mathematicians trying to crack the enigma code.
Where to stay: Oxford, London and Bournemouth.
Explore the counties of Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire with a base in the centre of Oxford. The incredible heritage site of Bletchley Park will fill an entire day out and gives access to the iconic code breaking huts and blocks.
Stay at University College Oxford from just £55 per night, the oldest of the 36 colleges and take advantage of this rare opportunity to access the buildings and grounds which date back to the 17th century. Despite being located in the heart of Oxford, the peaceful grounds and gardens offer the perfect place to relax. Guests also have the opportunity to see the breath taking Shelley memorial, the tribute to English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley.
Oxford is also situated close by to Bicester, the location of the aerodrome featured in the film. Visitors can explore 348 acres of a historic 1920’s RAF bomber station with Bicester Heritage, a perfect day out for wartime and aviation enthusiasts.
The evacuee scenes at the start of the film were shot at Kings Cross Station in London. With its arched roof, the building is well worth a visit and with accommodation nearby, it serves as a great location to explore the capital city.
Where to stay – Kings Cross, London & Bournemouth, Dorset
John Dodgson House in Kings Cross offers rooms in the summer months from just £53 per night. It’s an ideal pit stop for solo travellers as rooms are all single ensuite and there are also self catering facilities. Pubs, restaurants, theatres and museums can all be found within walking distance. If you’re travelling by Eurostar, this is ideally situated.
If you fancy a day on the coast, Sherbourne School in Dorset was a key setting in the film and whilst the boys’ boarding school doesn’t allow visitors to the site, there are plenty of incredible and scenic attractions to fill a trip to the seaside.
Stay in Bournemouth at the modern Chesil House from just £30 per night
The Film: The Theory of Everything
This widely renowned film is up for Best Picture and is based on the incredible life of Professor Stephen Hawking who was a Cambridge graduate. The film sees him deal with ALS, a progressive form of motor neuron disease and his inspirational desire to overcome his situation.
Where to stay – Cambridge
You can even stay in the Stephen Hawking Building of Gonville & Caius College in Cambridge and follow in the footsteps of the genius who studied in the city back in the early 1960’s. The building is named after Stephen Hawking, the college’s most celebrated Fellow, who lived for some time in the grounds with his family. The ‘S’ shaped roof of course being an ‘S’ for Stephen, not a necessity to avoid three mature trees….
Ideally located in the heart of Cambridge with easy access to shops, restaurants, walking tours and punting on the River Cam, rooms start from £79 making this the perfect option if you want to explore the city.
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