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A galaxy far, far away (in Britain)


Friday 10 Mar, 2017

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May the 4th be with you - it's almost Star Wars Day! Although set in a galaxy far, far away, many key scenes in the recent Star Wars films were shot in Britain. Here's where to follow in the footsteps of characters including Jyn Erso, Rey, and Kylo Ren.

 

Discover Rogue One on the London Underground, Canary Wharf, London, England

One of the most unusual filming locations for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is Canary Wharf underground station in London. This seemingly unlikely spot has been featured in the new Jedi-blockbuster where Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) runs along the Jubilee line platform with Stormtroopers heading the other way. Stop by for a visit and admire the out-of-this-world architecture, before hopping on a train to the Death Star.

Getting there: Canary Wharf is located in London, and is reached by the London Underground Jubilee line.

 

Spot the Millennium Falcon at the Lake District National Park, north-west England

Head to the incomparable landscape of the Lake District and you can almost imagine the film crew setting up their kit around the magnificent Derwentwater. In 2015's Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the action-packed flight sequences utilised the beauty of the Lake District National Park, where fighter planes and Han Solo's famous Millennium Falcon fly across Derwentwater's pristine surface. 

Getting there: The Lake District is located in Cumbria, and is less than five hours by car from London.

 

Head out to Starkiller Base from Greenham Common, Berkshire, England

This Former RAF base, located in Berkshire, plays a starring role in The Force Awakens as the planet of D'Qar. This military-style spot is where Poe and Finn reunite and where the Resistance prepare to head out on their mission to Starkiller Base. The site has been defunct of military use for some years, however there's plenty to see and do in the surrounding areas of Berkshire including a visit to Windsor Castle.

Getting there: Berkshire is located in south-England and is an 80-minute drive from London.

 

Hide from the Stormtroopers in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, west England

Can you spot Puzzlewood in Star Wars: The Force Awakens where Rey battles Kylo Ren? The wood can be found in the Forest of Dean, and with its gnarled roots, twisted trees and enchanting trails it's easy to why the spot has become popular with movie scouts. The other-worldly forest has starred in the Harry Potter films too, and is an idyllic spot for a ramble in the woods.

Getting there: the Forest of Dean is located in Gloucestershire. It's an hour's drive from Bristol or roughly two hours by train from London.

 

Discover Planet Scarif at Bovingdon Airfield, Berkshire, England

Inspired by the Maldives, the glossy sands of planet Scarif look like something straight out of a holiday brochure, until it's rampaged by a huge battle in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Some of the filming did take place on the tranquil islands, however, most of the scenes actually took place at Bonvingdon Airfield, an old RAF base in Hertfordshire. Utilising 200 truckloads of sand, more than 60 imported palm trees, and 800,000 litres of water, the final set measured roughly eight acres. Though the site is primarily used for filming and events, there's plenty to do in the surrounding areas including a visit to Lee Valley White Water Centre or the grand Knebworth House.

 

Discover what forces shape you, O2, London

It's not a filming location, but this major new exhibition is sure to be a huge draw for Star Wars fans. Grab your lightsabre, don your Jedi-cloak and head over to the O2 where you can explore the characters of Star Wars in: Star Wars Identities. Originating from Tatooine, and sharing the same bloodline, Luke and Anakin Skywalker notoriously followed very different paths in the journey to adulthood. Take a trip to the dark side and discover their relationship with the Force, and your own for that matter. The exhibition runs until 3 September 2017.

Getting there: The O2 is located in London, and is easiest reached by North Greenwich station on the London underground.


For more information contact:

  • VisitBritain Media Team





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