Weaving together a stunning backdrop to match an equally beautiful tale, 2007’s Stardust — starring , Claire Danes and Michelle Pfeiffer — draws together its magical universe by borrowing from stunning natural spots , Scotland, Wales and Iceland.
Adding mystique, these backdrops lend an ethereal beauty to accompany the story of a young man’s search for his fallen star.
Get ready to pack your suitcases, kids:
1. The ‘Royal Academy Observatory’
Real film location: Stowe School in Buckinghamshire
In Stardust‘s prologue you’ll remember scientists discussing the concept of a world beyond a wall in the surrounding village. This conversation takes place in the ‘Royal Academy Observatory,’ and that observatory was in fact director Matthew Vaughn’s childhood haunt — Stowe School in Buckinghamshire!
Location Fact: Fans of Indiana Jones may also recall this beautiful estate appearing as “Berlin,” in Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade.
2. The Wall
Real film location: Castle Combe, Wiltshire & Arlington Row, Gloucestershire
A combination of two stunning English country villages, the village of the “wall” consists of both Castle Combe — the location of Tristan’s grocery store — and, though it appears to be but a stones throw, his love Victoria resides in another location all together — in a row of quaint 17th-century cottages in Bibury, Gloucestershire.
Location Fact: Dubbed “the prettiest village in England,” Castle Combe’s gorgeous architecture can be seen in the ’67 musical Dr Dolittle, 2010’s The Wolfman and Spielberg’s War House.
3. The Actual Wall
Real film location: Ashridge Park, Hertfordshire
Stardust‘s magical wall-cum-portal to the mysterious kingdom of Stormhold can be found within the sprawling estate of Ashridge Park — a stunning National Trust stately home that encompasses 5,000 acres of woodlands, commons and a menagerie of wildlife.
Location Fact: A frequently used film location, Ashridge Park can also be found in Sleepy Hollow, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and The Dirty Dozen.
4. The Old King’s deathbed
Real film location: Elveden Hall, Suffolk
While his sons squabble over inheritance, the old King lies on his deathbed within a grand bedchamber — the scene in which he flings a ruby necklace into the sky — and that decadent bedroom is located within Elveden Hall, a stately home in England.
Location Fact: Other titles who’ve called Elveden Hall their temporary home include Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Dean Spanley and — most notably — the masked orgy scene in Eyes Wide Shut.
5. Trailing the Star
Real film location: Isle of Skye, Scotland
The natural locations in Stardust are a real patchwork of beauty, providing stunning backdrops throughout the film. The Isle of Skye is definitely worth a visit and it’s here where you can relive the moment that Lamia meets Ditchwater Sal which occurs in Ulg, towards the north of the island.
Location Fact: Areas surrounding Ulg, such as Eilean Donan Castle in Dornie can be spotted in the Bond movie The World Is Not Enough and, a few miles further north of this point you’ll find Plockton, the point of arrival for Sergeant Howie in The Wicker Man.
6. Yvaline and Tristan’s trek
Real film location: Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales
Anyone who has visited the Brecon Beacons will attest to the breathtaking beauty of this Welsh national treasure — an area which is not only the focus of Yvaline and Tristan’s trek, but the home to multiple myths and legends. Those interested in venturing here may be inclined to learn the legend of Gwladus, the story of a princess whose name has been given to the falls.
According to legend, Gwladus was the daughter of a fifth century prince, she was a young, beautiful woman who fell in love with a man by the name of Einion. The relationship was forbidden and thus, tormented by the sadness of unrequited love, the princess became immortalized and the couple’s spirits now flow freely together forever in the pool below Sgwd Gwladus waterfall.
Location Fact: In 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises, the Batcave is hidden behind the thundering, 88-foot, Henrhyd Falls.
7. The journey of Prince Septimus
Real film location: Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
Venturing out of the UK, Prince Septimus’s journey takes place on the stunning southwest coast of Iceland, along the icy beach of the countries third most populous city, Hafnarfjörður.
Location Fact: While not confined to the town Hafnarfjörður, hit movies such as Batman Begins, Prometheus, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty have all borrowed from Iceland’s stunning scenery.
8. The Slaughtered Prince
Real film location: Britons Arms Coffee Shop, Norwich
Despite a huge fire in 1507, the Tudor houses in Elm Hill have remained relatively untouched which is why — after the Briton Arms Coffee Shop was impressively made over as The Slaughtered Prince in Stardust — the building was promptly restored after filming.
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