9 Film and TV Sets You Can Visit — Hogwarts, Central Perk, Bates Motel, and More!
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9 Film and TV Sets You Can Visit — Hogwarts, Central Perk, Bates Motel, and More!

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Listen up, Muggles! Now’s your chance to drink Butterbeer to your heart’s content in the Great Hall of Hogwarts.

 

On December 3, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London will offer lucky ticketholders a Christmas feast on the set of the Harry Potter movies.


The same tour offers fans a chance to see other magical sets from the eight-film series, like Diagon Alley, the Ministry of Magic, and the Gryffindor Common Room.

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But don’t worry if you can’t get tickets to the Harry Potter set — there are a lot more TV and film sets to explore around the world!


For those of you fantasy fans with even more of a travel budget, the bucolic Hobbiton set from the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies is yours for the touring near Matamata, New Zealand.

Stateside, you might wanna head to Cleveland for the holidays — there you’ll find the original house from A Christmas Story and a museum devoted to the holiday film — leg lamp included!

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Over in California, the Stage 48 section of the Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood will let you grab java at the Central Perk set from Friends or chill at the Malibu beach house from Two and a Half Men.

Meanwhile, Universal Studios Hollywood’s Studio Tour will tram you around many cinematic sights, including the perfectly-manicured suburbia of Desperate Housewives’ Wisteria Lane and the eerie plane crash site from War of the Worlds.


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The creepiest stops on the tour, however, might be the Bates House and the Bates Motel from Psycho. While filming on a nearby soundstage in 1999, Jim Carrey dressed up as Norman Bates and scared the tour’s passengers and guides — and now a less-famous actor does the same on a regular basis.

Speaking of Jim Carrey, his movie The Truman Show found its manufactured utopia of Seahaven in the master-planned community of Seaside, Florida. Just don’t be freaked out if you can never leave again.

And that’s a wrap for this tour of filming locations! As Truman would say, in case we don’t see ya, good afternoon, good evening, and goodnight.