The Crown is arguably one of the biggest TV dramas of the decade. The show recently made its return to Netflix and fans can't get enough.
Series 5 focuses on major events in the history of the Royal Family - such as Princess Diana's high profile divorce from King Charles. Show creators have pulled out the stops to make things look as authentic as possible - from Diana's clothing to the sets where the action takes place.
With that in mind, you may be surprised to know that most of the sites featured in the show are not actually in London, or used by the royals. For example 'Buckingham Palace' is actually Wilton House in Salisbury.
The good news with this is that it means mega fans can actually go and visit them - and the majority of them are free to enter. Below is a list of all the filming locations of The Crown and how much it will cost you to get in.
Northern Quarter, Manchester (Free) - ‘New York City’: Princess Diana’s trip to New York was monumental during the AIDS epidemic and during the show, this segment was filmed in the northern region of Manchester rather than in the States. While the area has been returned to its original form it’s still a great sight to check off the list and to visit some local bars and record shops.
Slains Castle, Aberdeen Scotland (Free) - ‘Castle Mey’: The Scottish site where the Queen’s Mother previously owned and lived in frequently, takes place in Slains Castle in Aberdeen. The historic building was constructed in the late 1500s and has been used as a stunning sight during the first season of The Crown.
Somerleyton Hall, Suffolk (£8.45 for adults, under 4’s free) - ‘Sandringham Estate’: The beloved Sandringham, where the royals typically stay during the Christmas period, is filmed in the Victorian stately home - Somerleyton Hall. The Hall was used in the most recent fourth season of the crown including the seasonal finale of the family Christmas picture, where the place was transformed to imitate the royal estate.
Winchester Cathedral, Winchester (£10 for adults, under 16’s free) - ‘St. Paul’s Cathedral’: The Winchester Cathedral has been used as the scene for several moments throughout The Crown including Winston Churchhill’s funeral, Princess Diana and King Charles wedding as well as Lord Mountbatten’s funeral.
Belvoir Castle, Grantham (£12 for adults, £7 for children) - ‘Windsor Castle’: Windsor Castle is widely known to be Queen Elizabeth’s favourite estate and is where she spent most of her time during her reign. In the show, Belvior castle was used to represent the estate, which is located in Grantham Leicestershire - short of a two and a half hour drive from Windsor Castle.
Wilton House, Salisbury (£18 for adults, £9.25 children) – ‘Buckingham Palace’: An iconic sight well-known for its register of iconic filming locations for royalist films and shows including Bridgerton and The Young Victoria. Wilton House or rather known as ‘Buckingham Palace’ in The Crown, is located in Salisbury which is approximately 85 miles away from the real-life palace and has been used as the interior of the palace on the show.
Burghley House, Lincolnshire (£20 for adults, £9 for children) - ‘Windsor Castle’ Season four and five: Since the change in location for season four, Burghley House in Lincolnshire once again takes the throne in the upcoming season of The Crown. This season is set to focus on historic events such as the devestating fire at Windsor which destroyed over 100 rooms in the castle.
London’s Lyceum, London (Lion King tickets range from £23.50 to £58.50) - ‘Royal Variety Show’: Located on Wellington Street in London, the grand theatre which is notoriously known for hosting The Lion King was used in the earlier seasons of the show where Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip visited for the Royal Variety Show.
Mitch Barnes, online consumer expert from discount code website NetVoucherCodes said: “With the latest season of The Crown starting on the 9th of November, fans may be stunned about how widespread the filming locations are found across the country.
“From Aberdeen to Winchester - locations for the hit show have been found in various cities in the UK ranging in costs from a free day out to £23.50 for a ticket to the theatre.
“For those looking to spend less on a day out, visiting locations such as the show’s versions of Buckingham Palace and Sandringham Estate are a great way to explore the grand buildings Grantham and Salisbury.
“We’ve even found the location where some of the season five scenes of Windsor Castle are going to be taking place - which will leave fans from Lincolnshire in delight!”