2021’s Hit TV Locations to Visit Once Lockdown Lifts

STORY BY Debbie 18th January 2021

Spending more time at home than ever, many of us have immersed ourselves in the world of film and TV to allow ourselves a little escape, albeit virtually until we can travel again. If binge-watching your way through lockdown has ignited your wanderlust even more, why not use your on-screen inspiration to plan your next trip once we can safely travel again?

From living like a Bridgerton in Bath to pirouetting through Paris like Lily Collins in Emily in Paris, here are five of the best destinations to visit inspired by 2021’s top screen hits once lockdown lifts.

Live like a Bridgerton at The Gainsborough Bath Spa

Netflix’s new period drama Bridgerton provides some much-needed escapism into the social scene of times gone by whilst we are unable to socialise ourselves. Largely filmed in historic Bath, fans of the show will be pleased to know that the sophistication, grandeur and fairytale scenery of the show can be easily discovered with a visit to The Gainsborough Bath Spa. The hotel’s Georgian splendour offers guests a taste of living like a Bridgerton, with classic British afternoon tea and a prime location, neighbouring the Bath Assembly Rooms and Holburne Museum, where parts of the series was filmed.

The Gainsborough Bath Spa has even partnered with The Bath Tour Guide to offer bespoke tours with keen historian and police officer, Adge Secker BEM for a salacious dive into the city’s hidden secrets (even Lady Whistledown would approve).  Transport yourself back in time with storybook cobbled streets and splendid regal architecture at every turn.  Almost as steamy as Bridgerton itself, the hotel offers an indulgent spa experience, bathing in Bath’s healing thermal waters.

Rates: Nightly rates at The Gainsborough Bath Spa start from £290 on a room-only basis. 

Derry Girls Tour with Hastings Hotels, Northern Ireland

2021 marks the anticipated arrival of season three of hit show Derry Girls, based in and filmed in Derry, Northern Ireland. Fans can walk in the footsteps of Erin, Michelle, or even the wee English fella, at key locations from the series such as the Guildhall and Dennis’s Wee Shop. A special Derry Girls Tour offers visitors the chance to see where key scenes took place, walking in the footsteps of a true Derry Girl and hearing about life in Bogside during the troubles from an expert local guide.

There will also be the chance to visit Dennis’ Wee Shop where you can chance your luck in asking for a free bonbon or simply have your photo taken at this iconic location. Visit the city’s Pump Street and learn the difference between a cream horn and a cream finger and much more. The tour finishes at the famous Derry Girls Mural where guests can take a selfie and be pledged as a Derry Girl, or boy. The package will also include an afternoon tea where you can drink tea like the Irish (lots of it) at the beautiful Everglades Hotel.

Rates: The Be a Derry Girl Package, includes an overnight stay at the Everglades Hotel, Afternoon Tea and cocktail and walking tour from £95 per person sharing. The package is available without the walking tour for £80 per person, while Afternoon Tea alone is £30. For more information see hastingshotels.com.

Savvy, Chic, Indulgent & Upbeat: Make like Emily in Paris at Fauchon l’Hotel

Fauchon l’Hotel is an Emily in Paris / Lily Collins dream – the first hotel for the heritage patisserie brand, housed in a gorgeous Haussman building in the heart of the Madeleine: chic, upbeat and quirky with indulgence running through its veins.  With an applauded restaurant – the Grand Cafe Fauchon – interior design that includes flashes of hot pink, black & white geometrics, spiral staircases and Swarovski crystals, with Tesla transfers from Gare du Nord and fancy suites with views of the Eiffel Tower, the hotel is an Instagram dream and magnet to some of Europe’s most elegant fashionistas and influencers.

Emily in Paris – the frothy series that took thinking travellers by storm – returns to our screens in October 2021. Throw open the shutters, pirouette through the foyer, hang over the wrought iron balconies with Paris at your feet, nibble on a Fauchon savoury baguette or kick up your heels at cocktail hour – Glam Hour at the Fauchon –  this boutique luxury hotel is the perfect base from which to make like the show’s eponymous heroine or her band of beautiful, frazzled friends.

Rates: Nightly rates at Fauchon L’Hotel Paris start from 400 EUR for a Classic Room (room only). Visit www.hotel-fauchon-paris.fr

Staycation like A Royal From The Crown with Oliver’s Travels

If the recent release of the fourth season of The Crown on Netflix has got you thinking what it would be like to live like royalty, Oliver’s Travels has a number of British castles in its portfolio that would be sure to live up to Queen Elizabeth II’s standards. These include:

Gothic Castle Estate, County Galway
This 18th century castle has hosted many high-profile visitors including Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. The Castle sleeps up to 16 guests across eight luxurious bedrooms and features spacious drawing rooms perfect for socialising. Conveniently located only 30 minutes from Shannon airport, the castle boasts 600 acres of private woodland and Europe’s largest privately owned 1,000-acre lake. Guests can enjoy pike fishing on the lake or nearby pheasant shooting during the season.  Rates from £12,744 for a two-night stay. To book, visit www.oliverstravels.com

Lothian Castle, Edinburgh
The 600-year-old Lothian Castle is one of the largest and best-preserved medieval Scottish fortifications. Steeped in history, it has encountered many key personalities in British history over the years including Mary Queen of Scots and Oliver Cromwell. Sleeping up to 24 guests in its 12 bedrooms, the castle is fit for a king or queen with its grand reception rooms, breath-taking views, elegant fireplaces, and colourful tapestries. Rates from £12,094 for a two-night stay. To book, visit www.oliverstravels.com 

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