TV Also Driving Set Jetting Tourism
It looks like it’s not just films, but also TV shows that are driving set jetting. An article in The Telegraph states nine million tourists have visited the likes of Highclere Castle and villages Box and Neston, where Downton Abbey and Lark Rise to Candlerford are filmed, in the last 12 months alone.
Research conducted by the CSMA shows 12% of Brits have visited a film or TV landmark, whether it be the likes of Barry Island for Gavin and Stacey or Being Human, Cardiff for fans of Dr Who or locations linked to Harry Potter.
The tourism doesn’t stop either, with places like Turville in Buckinghamshire, home of The Vicar of Dibley still attracting visitors five years after it finished. And sites with historical links top the list:
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The findings reveal that TV tourists are most attracted to TV and film locations that have added historical links, locations near the coast and rural spots, suggesting the next big hits to attract visitors may be the sets of forthcoming period dramas such as The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher, set in the village of Rode in Somerset, and The Crimson Petal And The White, filmed at Rochester in Kent.