The UK’s ongoing success in attracting big name film productions and its global TV success is helping to boost the country’s tourism industry according to new research compiled by Travelzoo.
The travel deal specialists reveal that Shibden Hall, which appears in the BBC’s Gentleman Jack, has seen visitor numbers grow by an estimated 700% since the show aired while Ely Cathedral, which was used to depict Westminster Abbey in the hit show, The Crown, has seen visitor numbers rise to nearly 4 million in the last three years.
One in six tourists visiting Northern Ireland said they were influenced by seeing various NI locations on Game of Thrones, and the country is set to keep benefiting from its association with the hit HBO series when a new studio tour opens at Linen Mill Studios next year.
Commenting on this rising trend, Travelzoo’s Glyn Owen said: “We’re seeing UK TV shows becoming hugely popular internationally, with several cleaning up at the recent 2019 Emmy Awards.
“These TV programmes showcase the beautiful locations the UK has to offer, and their success is having a very positive effect on our tourism industry.”
Travelzoo has created a series of itineraries featuring neighbouring locations seen in both hit TV shows and Hollywood films, including Poldark and Doc Martin, Endeavour and The Dark Knight Rises.