The Crown: See the original locations
While we wait for the next season you may as well visit a few of the places...
Hatfield House, Hertfortshire
Hatfield House has already been the childhood home of King Henry VIII’s children and this places dates back to 1485 so it’s been around for a while. It is also the place where Elizabeth I. found out about her accession. Hatfield House is about 21 miles from central London and can be visited from April to September, make sure to book your stay in advance!
Ely Cathedral, Cambridgeshire
Ely Cathedral is a stand-in for the Westminster Abbey and is used during the Queen’s wedding day and her coronation on the show. It looks similar to the Westminster Abbey due to its norman style and architecture. They can’t shoot the show in the actual Westminster Abbey because renting the cathedral is an exclusive privilege for royalty. Ely Cathedral has also been used as Westminster stand-in on The King’s Speech from 2010. You’ll find Ely Cathedral about 90 minutes from London (by car) in Ely, Cambridgeshire. Make sure to buy tickets or book in advance if you plan to go inside. Same for Westminster Abbey in London which is always worth a visit!
Lyceum Theatre, London
This is one of the places the Queen and Prince Philip visit on a night out. The building, which dates back to 1841, is used to host a royal gala in The Crown. If you like to see the Lyceum Theatre you’ll have to go to London’s West End. While visiting this beautiful building you can also see The Lion King Musical which has been playing there since 1999.
Buckingham Palace, London
As I already said, they didn’t shoot inside Buckingham Palace out of respect for the royal family who still lives there so it wasn’t possible. They built a life-size replica of the interior and I’m pretty sure we’ll one be able to get a look at that one day. If you don’t want to wait you can always head to London and take a look yourself. It’s always worth it and if you like to see the change of Guards make sure to be there early so you’ll actually be able to see anything, it tents to be pretty crowded!
Slains Castle and Cruden Bay
The Queen Mother’s estate in Scotland is actually Castle Mey. It works as a stand-in and can by found in Scotland near Cruden Bay. She bought the estate back in 1952. The castle is situated on the north coast of Caithness, in the parish of Canisbay.
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