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Movie Locations: The Perfect 10

04/08/2014 17:14 | Updated 22 May 2015

Forget the overpaid stars in front of the camera - sometimes it's the scenery which really steals the show.

So whether it's blockbuster movies or arthouse films where the stunning background is leaving you too distracted to follow the plot, we've rounded up some of the hottest film locations outside Hollywood, from Pembrokeshire to Patagonia. Lights, camera, pack...

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The Perfect 10: Movie locations

The Harry Potter saga is coming to a close, with the first part of The Deathly Hallows out on November 19 – and a whole new set of filming locations. While Alnwick Castle and Gloucester Cathedral have turned up in previous movies to masquerade as Hogwarts, this time much of the action is out in the open with Harry and his friends trying to evade capture in the woods of Burnham Beeches in Buckinghamshire.

And the pretty medieval village of Lavenham, in Suffolk, takes the place of Godric's Hollow. With over 300 listed buildings, you might not see wizards, but it's still a magical place to wander around. Stay at The Angel, licensed in 1420 and believed to be the village's oldest inn, with rooms from £95 per night, or try the stunning Lavenham Priory. The Grade I listed half-timbered house dates back to the 13th century and has won a string of awards. Rooms cost from £105 per night.

The Perfect 10: Movie locations

You hardly need an extra reason to visit Venice, but if it's good enough for Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp, who filmed The Tourist there, it's good enough for us. With the movie out in December, it's the perfect excuse to book a trip, especially as the city is quieter during the winter. As well as the obligatory gondola ride and visiting St Mark's Basilica, take some time to wander the twisting alleyways of the city – and be prepared to get lost. Don't miss one side many visitors never see, a taste of more everyday Italian life on the quieter Lido.

The Perfect 10: Movie locations

Follow in the A-list's footsteps at Hotel Danieli where the pair were snapped filming. The extravagant Baroque-style rooms look out over the Venice lagoon, with St Marks Square just minutes away, and rates start at around £210 per night. Or for something a little less pricy, Palazzo Abadessa costs from £80 a night – despite being set in a former Doge's 16th century home, including luxurious antique furniture from the 1700s and silk wallpaper.

The Perfect 10: Movie locations

Although the books are set in the Olympic Peninsula of Washington state in the US, all the movies apart from the first film have been shot on location in British Columbia. Luckily, the two are close enough that Twihards can pack in both places without too much trouble – although if you're determined to track the cast's every move, you'll also need to head to Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Paraty, Brazil.

In Vancouver, join one of the organised tours to see everything from the characters' houses and the state's rugged scenery to where the cast hang out – prices for Vancouver Set Tours start at around £35 for an hour while On Location Tours Vancouver have day tours for around £100.

Or head to Forks itself – take a tour of the places which inspired the books with Dazzled By Twighlight for around £25, and stay in La Push reservation, where rooms at the Oceanside Resort on First Beach cost from around £50 per night.

The Perfect 10: Movie locations

Lucky old Julia Roberts. The movie may have had mixed reviews, but the actress got to go to Italy, India and Bali to shoot it all as she ate her way through Rome and Naples, rediscovered herself in Delhi and at the Pataudi Palace, Haryana before falling in love on the Indonesian island.

If you don't happen to have six months to see all three countries, The Laguna in Nusa Dua, Bali is offering epicurean and discovery packages so you'll get a taste of them all. The two most important feasts in the Balinese Hindu calendar, Galungan and Kuningan Day, take place in December while you can also visit the local market and famous Tegalalang rice terraces close to Ubud Village. Or take a trip to a local Jimbaran fish market to pick the catch of the day before experimenting with cooking a traditional Balinese dish back at the resort. Whether you fall in love is entirely up to you...

The Perfect 10: Movie locations

The Epicurean Expedition costs from £130 per room per night, while the Destination Discovery package costs from £185 per room per night, both including 24 hour butler service. Or Hayes and Jarvis offer seven nights from £1,179 per person, including accommodation and flights.

The Perfect 10: Movie locations

It's not often that you associate the National Trust with body snatchers, but for the filming of Burke and Hare, starring Simon Pegg, historic destinations from around the UK stepped in for the dark comedy.

One of the less grisly scenes was shot at Knole in Kent, which doubled as the backdrop for a huge Edinburgh market including 300 extras, 30 sheep, 20 chickens, 10 geese, nine horses and two dogs – plus the cast, of course. Entrance costs £9.50.

The Perfect 10: Movie locations

Or for something more macabre, Osterley House in Middlesex, the servants' hall was transformed into a dissection room, with just a few pieces of plastic stopping the squirting blood from redecorating the historic interior. Entrance costs £8.

The Perfect 10: Movie locations

It's not just blockbusters which come with some of the world's most stunning scenery – new independent movie Patagonia which premiered at the London Film Festival, follows the stories of two women tracing the links between Wales and the southernmost tip of South America, where there's still a Welsh-speaking community following a wave of emigration in the 19th century. Of course you could go to the Snowdonia countryside but that would mean missing out on the dazzling blue lakes, huge glaciers, open plains and towering peaks which make Patagonia so unique.

The Perfect 10: Movie locations

Patagonian adventure travel specialists, Swoop suggest creating your own trip to include iconic destinations like the Torres del Paine National park and Tierra del Fuego, or Chubut Valley, Esquel and Cholila to cover the Welsh connection. Prices start from £280 in January for 3 days excluding flights.

The Perfect 10: Movie locations

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