5 must-see Sherlock Holmes locations
Tuesday 13, December 2011
To celebrate the release of the new Sherlock film, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, this weekend (16th December), Skyscanner reveals 5 must-see locations for die-hard Holmes n' Watson fans.
1. Strasbourg, France
Sherlock Holmes fans would do well to choose Strasbourg for a handy weekend break. The opening sequence of the new film is shot in the French city, especially around Place de la Cathédrale. Strasbourg was also one of the main locations for the filming of 1958 war film The Young Lions, featuring a truly stellar cast of Marlon Brando, Montgomery Clift, Dean Martin and Lee Van Cleef.
2. Bourne Woods, England
One of the major locations for the second Sherlock Holmes film is Bourne Woods, near Farnham in Surrey, England. This magnificent area of heath and woodland is a well-used film location, being the set for one of the most memorable scenes in modern movie history - the opening battle in Gladiator, starring Russell Crowe.
3. Didcot Railway Centre, England
In the new film, Holmes (Robert Downey Jnr.) and his sidekick Dr. Watson (Jude Law) again battle their arch enemy, Professor Moriarty. One place where they’re in action is Didcot Railway Centre in Oxfordshire, England. Home to an ‘iconic’ power station, Didcot is also hallowed ground for trainspotters. You may remember it from the much-loved television series, Trains with Pete Waterman. Or you may not.
4. Old Royal Naval College, London, England
The Old Royal Naval College is one of London's most famous riverside landmarks, and perhaps the great baroque masterpiece of English architecture. Set in landscaped grounds on the River Thames in the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site, it has provided the setting for a number of famous films before Sherlock Holmes, from Four Weddings and a Funeral to The King's Speech.
5. Triengen, Switzerland
Admire the backdrops in the Sherlock Holmes scenes filmed in Triengen in Switzerland's Lucerne region. This is a popular place to visit for lovers of the outdoors, with its forests, mountains and glaciers. The city of Lucerne itself is a pretty place set on Lake Lucerne, ideal for a weekend break.
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