Between Covid chaos, airport delays and mayhem at the ports, it’s no wonder that more Brits are choosing to spend their holiday on home turf. With the school break bringing even more havoc, a Europcar Mobility Group survey found that 26% of people are staying in the UK this summer to avoid travel disruption. 

Topping the list of most-loved destinations was Cornwall, with 31% of people favouring the coastal gem, followed by the Highlands and Devon. However, forgoing foreign beaches and warmer climates means getting creative when making your holiday extra-special. For a lot of holidaymakers, a trip to the backdrop of their favourite film or TV show can add some excitement to a staycation.  Europcar’s research also found that three quarters of people would incorporate a visit to a famous filming location on their break. 

Fistral, one of Cornwall’s many stunning beaches

“There are so many places to visit in the UK that have been made famous by either a TV programme or film,” says Evelyn Tourish, the company’s Customer Experience Manager, “holidaymakers are spoilt for choice.” The top three places on Europcar’s list were won by Alnwick Castle in Northumberland (Harry Potter), Port Isaac in Cornwall (Doc Martin) and Northern Ireland (Game of Thrones). 

Port Isaac, home of Doc Martin

Our guide to the best TV and film locations to visit includes some of these heavy-hitters as well as places slightly off the beaten track.

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