Castles are always featured in fairy tales and fantasy movies, and recent fairy tale blockbusters have undoubtedly inspired Malaysians to travel to movie set castles across Europe. If castle jaunting is on your agenda this summer, here is a list of popular castles for movie fans, courtesy of British Airways. All destinations can be reached easily from the airline’s base at London Heathrow.
Travellers from Malaysia can now fly to the UK, Europe, USA, Canada and Latin America on great return fares across all cabins, from just RM2,974*. Ticket is available for booking on ba.com on or before 17 August, or at the upcoming Johore MATTA Fair and KL MITM Fair, for flights departing Malaysia on or before 31 March 2018.
Vivian Tan-Loh, British Airways’ country manager for Malaysia, said, “There are many historical castles in Europe that have become popular since being featured in Hollywood blockbusters. Malaysians can now take advantage of our special promotional fares to visit these castlesand trace the footsteps of their favourite heroes and heroines.”
- Pembroke Castle in Wales
Pembroke Castle is the backdrop of the 2016 romantic blockbuster “Me before You” and where William told Louisa: “When I was a kid, this used to be my favourite place in the whole world.” Visitors can stroll along the riverbank and take in the glorious view of the castle. Not only is the majestic castle a beautiful backdrop for the movie, as the birthplace of King Henry VII, it also has a rich history and strong royal connections.
How to get here: Fly to London on British Airways’ special return fares starting from MYR2,974*. Take a bus from London’s Victoria Coach Station to Pembroke Castle.
- Alnwick Castle in Northumberland, UK
Alnwick Castle was featured as Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the first two Harry Potter movies. Harry Potter fans should not miss visiting the site where the famous broomstick training sessions took place within the castle. Remember to head to theKnight’s Quest to pick up a free time-slot ticket on arrival. The tickets tend to run out very early in the day particularly during the summer.
If you are not a Harry Potter fan, you will be pleased to know that the castle also served as the magnificent Brancaster Castle in Downton Abbey’s 2015 Christmas special. It was here that the Crawley family ushered in the New Year.
How to get here: Fly to London on British Airways’ special return fares starting from MYR2,974*. Take a train from London to Newcastle and take the X15 or X18 buses from Haymarket bus station.
- Edinburgh Castle in Scotland
Arthur’s Seat is the main peak of the group of hills in Edinburgh, Scotland, which form most of Holyrood Park. The two characters Em and Dex from the romantic movie One Day climbed the Arthur’s Seat and resolved to meet again every year on St Swithin’s Day. The breathtaking view from this location covers the historical city as well as the iconic Edinburgh Castle.
If weather permits, you can picnic at Arthur’s Seat after which you may take a leisure walk back to town and visit the most popular tourist attraction in Scotland — Edinburgh Castle. The castle is known for housing the Honours of Scotland, Britain’s oldest crown jewels. The firing of the One O’clock Gun is also an event not to be missed.
How to get here: British Airways offers a special all-inclusive fare to Edinburgh from just MYR3,341.* Once in Edinburgh, take the train to Waverley station.
- Château de Chambord in Loire Valley, France
Château de Chambord has become the hottest must-see castle in Europe following the release of the latest Beauty and the Beastmovie. After a visit, fairy tale movie animator Glen Keane found the Château de Chambord to be the perfect castle for the Beast.
A 16th-century royal hunting lodge built in French Renaissance style, Château de Chambord is one of the biggest castles in France. True to its depiction in the film, the castle, with 426 rooms, 282 chimneys and 77 staircases is easy to get lost in!
How to get here: Travellers can fly from Kuala Lumpur to Paris via London on British Airways starting with fares from just MYR2,823*. To reach Château de Chambord, you can take the train from Paris’ Austerlitz station to the Blois Chambord station.
- Belvedere Castle, New York City
Believe it or not, there is a castle right in the heart of New York City! The beautiful Belvedere Castle, located in the middle of Central Park, is the secret hideout of Gargamel, the evil wizard in Smurfs movies. If you or your children are Smurfs fans, the Belvedere Castle would be a perfect summer tour destination!
Don’t forget to visit the bridge located near The Fifth Avenue and 59th Street. There is a small waterfall on the lower right side where the Smurfs’ world crosses ours, according to the movie!
How to get here: British Airways is offering special all-inclusive fares to New York City from Kuala Lumpur from just MYR5,183*
British Airways flies daily from Kuala Lumpur to London Heathrow using the latest and most technologically-advanced Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. The 787-9 offers a smoother ride than any other aircraft, thanks to the built-in sensors that counter the effects of turbulence and reduce nausea for customers who suffer from motion sickness. With lower cabin air pressure than traditional aircraft, customers will notice increased amounts of oxygen and moisture in the cabin air, which help to reduce the effects of jet-lag and dry eyes.
For bookings and more promotion information, please visit ba.com.
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