5 English Towns Every Geek Needs to Visit

Aug 25, 2016

Hi friends! Today I have another guest post to share with you, thanks to the lovely Emma of Scruffy Little Nerd Herder! This girl is beyond sweet and her blog is full of geeky goodness, so I just know you're going to love hearing what she has to say. I'm not going to lie, I'm super jealous of the fact that she lives over in England, and I loved reading her recommendations for awesomely geeky places to visit on her side of the pond. Without further ado, take it away Emma! 

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Hey everyone. I’m Emma and I blog over at Scruffy Little Nerd Herder. The amazing Ashlee has kindly asked me to write a guest post for Her Geekery, and because I’m waayy over the pond in England, I thought I’d talk about some British towns you guys need to check out if you ever come to visit. Obviously there’s a geeky catch – when is there not!?


Lacock

This idyllic town in Wiltshire looks like it’s been taken straight out of the 1700s. That’s probably why it is also known as Meryton - Jane Austen’s Meryton. Lacock doubled as the Pride and Prejudice village in the 1995 miniseries starring Colin Firth. You can stand on the cobbled streets and easily picture the handsome Mr Darcy galloping through the town astride a horse. Pride and Prejudice isn’t Lacock’s only claim to fame though – it’s also home to a very important witch and wizard; Lily and James Potter. Their home in Godric’s Hollow is located in the village. You can literally touch the gate Voldemort used to enter their cottage and murder them both. The local Abbey was used to film some scenes from inside Hogwarts as well. Other movies that have been filmed throughout Lacock include The Other Boleyn Girl and The Wolfman. For the youtube watchers amongst you, Lacock is also where the famous tuber Zoella grew up, with her brother Joe Sugg - or Thatcher Joe as he is better known.


Whitby

Much further north, you will find the seaside town of Whitby; better known as the home of Dracula. Author Bram Stoker based his novel on the town after he stayed there in the late 1800’s. Dracula himself was actually inspired by a mixture of local folklore, and articles found within the public library. There’s a plaque located in the exact spot where Stoker started to write his gothic masterpiece, and another to commemorate the house he spent six years of his life in. Both the 1931 and 1977 Dracula movies were filmed here. Bram Stoker isn’t the only novelist to have a plaque in Whitby though; Lewis Carroll regularly visited between 1854 and 1871. Charles Dickens was also known for frequenting the town.


Stratford upon Avon

No one hears Stratford upon Avon and doesn’t instantly think of Shakespeare. The English playwright was born here in the 1500s, and spent most of his life here when he wasn’t living in London. Every year, a huge celebration takes place throughout the town to acknowledge Shakespeare’s birthday – most recently his 400th. Stratford Upon Avon has also been home to various other notable people in its time. Arthur C. Clarke, author of 2001: A Space Odyssey, lived here in the 1940’s, and Simon Pegg went to college here. The Royal Shakespeare Company is also based here. Finally, the house from movie The Haunting is located just outside of Stratford, and is actually haunted in real life – supposedly.


Greenwich

Greenwich is probably the most popular filming location in the UK. Its Old Royal Navy College has been stage to huge blockbusters, such as Sherlock Holmes, The Dark Knight Rises, and Pirates of the Caribbean, and its grounds have had their fair share of spotlight as well - most notably in Thor: The Dark World where Malekith’s giant spacecraft crashes into its ground towards the end of the movie. The roads outside of the college are also used on the big screen, especially for period movies like The Kings Speech, and Les Miserable, or films containing a lot of stunt work, like The Mummy Returns, and Shanghai Knights. The town however, is best known as the home to time itself. Everywhere in the world is measured in terms of distance from Greenwich, so here you will find the Greenwich meridian which divides the eastern and western hemispheres. You can also visit the Royal Observatory, which is home to London’s only Planetarium, and features visualisations based on real scientific data from real astronomers.


Cardiff

Technically not a town, I couldn’t resist including Cardiff, which is best known for Doctor Who. The BBC series was almost exclusively filmed here, as well as its spin-off Torchwood. You can find all sorts of locations from the show here, from the department store that Rose worked in, before it blew up, to the Roald Dahl Plass which served as the Space-Time rift. You will also find Southern Down Beach which doubled as Bad Wolf Bay. It’s also home to the Doctor Who Experience, which is essentially an interactive Doctor Who episode, where you can walk into the TARDIS and go on various adventures. It’s amazing. Oh, and I mentioned Roald Dahl Plass didn’t I - well it’s named after the children’s author who was born in Cardiff in 1916. There is also a plaque dedicated to the sweetshop Dahl frequented when he was a boy, which inspired his work on Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory many years later.

Thanks for reading my post guys. Have any of you ever been to any of these towns before? If not, which one would you like to visit the most? Don’t forget to come say hi over at Scruffy Little Nerd Herder!
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