LOS ANGELES, Feb. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- With the Oscars® just a few weeks away, Hollywood is a buzz with speculations on who will go home with a statuette. VisitBritain propose one more nomination for your consideration - Best Travel Destination Featured in Films in 2012. Movie lovers and globetrotters alike can experience the following locations used in these Academy Award-nominated contenders, all filmed in the UK. For more information on traveling to Britain, www.visitbritain.us.
The vistas of 'Paris' showcased in the movie were actually filmed at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, London. The college's famous Painted Hall, serves as the location where Javert prepares his men to go to battle at Jean Lamarque's funeral. The magnificent Painted Hall is open to visitors free of charge.
Staying true to the spirit of Ian Fleming's original books, the onscreen Bond has a passion for fast cars, with a preference for Aston Martins. Visitors can see the cars used in the film, including the Land Rover driven by Agent Eve and the motorbikes from the chase through the Grand Bazaar, at the National Motor Museum's exhibition, BOND IN MOTION in Beaulieu, England.
In the film, Merida spends much of her time horseback riding through landscapes similar to the Scottish Highlands. Caledonian pinewoods, mountain ranges and moorlands in Glen Affric inspired many of these fantastical backdrops. Visitors can experience the stunning glen, a National Nature Reserve, which is 15 miles from Loch Ness and is the perfect site to experience the magic of the country's diverse topography.
Ham House and Garden in London hit the big screen in the latest adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's great novel. This lavish, redbrick mansion is transformed into Vronksy's grand apartments in the movie. The National Trust will be displaying the fabulous costumes used in the film, which have garnered a nomination, with tours that must be booked in advance.
Snow White and the Huntsman
Marloes Sands, in Wales, is one of Pembrokeshire's finest beaches and was the location for the final epic battle scene. The Marloes Peninsula combines dramatic coastal scenery and golden sands, making it ideal for a long walk on the beach.
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