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You can poke around the regal locations chosen for the award-winning new Netflix series The Crown before the binge–watching public sees them. Set during the early reign of Queen Elizabeth II, starting in 1947, the series depicts the places the original British Famous family called home.

Hatfield House | Hertfordshire, England

Home to the 7th Marquis and Marchioness of Salisbury and their family, this grand location also includes the Old Palace, which was owned by Henry VIII. The King had his three children raised in the palace – including Elizabeth I, who was told of her ascension to the throne there in 1558.

Getting there: Hatfield House is a 70–minute journey by train or car from London.

Ely Cathedral | Ely, England

This Anglican cathedral is old–school – founded in 672 AD, with the current building dating back to 1083 AD. This spectacular location stood in for Westminster Abbey on the wedding day of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip, reenacted just as it happened 68 years ago.

Getting there: Ely Cathedral is a two–hour drive or a 70–minute train journey from London.


Lyceum Theatre | London, England

On the show, this is where Matt Smith (Prince Phillip) and Claire Foy (Queen Elizabeth) get to ooze elegance in grim, postwar Britain. In real life, the Lyceum Theatre, which opened in 1841, has a dramatic front facade and has hosted performances for nearly 200 years. Since 1999, the theater has hosted the popular Broadway musical Lion King. 

Getting there: The Lyceum Theatre is closest to Temple London Underground station.

Photo by Andy Rogers/Flickr

Photo by Andy Rogers/Flickr

Knebworth House | Hertfordshire, England

Take a walk through 500 years of history. Generations of the Lytton family have lived at Knebworth since Tudor times, and many have made their mark. The house’s romantic exterior is rampant with turrets, domes, and gargoyles.

Getting there: Knebworth House is an 80–minute drive from London. Alternatively, it’s a 65–minute journey by train and public transport.


Slains Castle and Cruden Bay | Aberdeenshire, Scotland

On a clifftop overlooking the North Sea lie the ruins of Slains Castle. Built in the 16th century as a Scots baronial mansion, now it’s a film location – and a hauntingly beautiful spot along Scotland’s rugged, wild coastline. If you go, stop at Cruden Bay, which also appears in the series.

Getting there: Cruden Bay is less than a four–hour drive from Edinburgh, or four and a half hours by train and public transport. Edinburgh is an hour flight from London.

Photo by Brendan Campbell/Flickr

Photo by Brendan Campbell/Flickr

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