Our generation has seen television evolve at an exponential rate: in just less than a decade, TV has gone from being saturated with soap operas and sitcoms to becoming a haven for quality entertainment, resulting in A-list actors no longer being scared to grace the smaller screen. But it’s not just the acting or the dialogue that makes TV these days so engaging; it’s the hours spent putting into finding the perfect locations that make such shows come to life.
Ahead, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most memorable—and beautiful—real life locations we’ve ever seen on TV. Whether you live in New York, Louisiana, Toronto, or Scotland, there’s bound to be at least one building, castle, or café nearby that you can visit—be it for an Instagram photo-op or a walking tour.
Game of Thrones: Kingsroad
As Lord Eddard Stark (played by Sean Bean in HBO’s adaption) says in the eponymous novel, “These days, the sea is safer than the Kingsroad.” While that may be true in the series, the Kingsroad is actually filmed along the eerily beautiful Dark Hedges of Northern Ireland, which are completely safe—and free— for visitors to stroll along. Fun fact: the noble Stuart family planted the beech trees along the avenue all the way back in the eighteenth century.
Mr. Robot: Evil Corp Headquarters
In the pilot episode of the acclaimed series, Elliot is brought to E Corp—better known as Evil Corp—headquarters, where he’s then offered a job by interim CTO, Tyrell Wellick. What viewers might not know is that the intimidating structure is actually a real New York City high rise, located at 135 East 57th Street.
Breaking Bad: the White House
The home where the infamous schoolteacher turned drug lord once lived is an actual residence located at 308 Negra Arroyo Lane in Albuquerque, N.M. The home is so popular that the residents had to install round the clock surveillance. The home even boasts its own Yelp page. Judging by visitor’s comments, it’s ok to stop by for a photo-op—but we highly doubt you’ll be granted access inside. One piece of advice? Don’t go throwing any pizzas on the roof, as requested by show creator Vince Gilligan himself.
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Orange is the New Black: Dmitri’s Russian Deli
Dmitri’s Russian Deli—named after Red’s husband, who co-owned the café before her incarceration—is actually Rosario’s Deli in Astoria, Queens. While they may have stored corpses in the freezer at Dmitri’s on the show, you won’t find any mafia dealings going on at Rosario’s. Instead, you’ll find what’s reported to be one of Astoria’s best pizzas, as well as numerous other Italian specialties such as the deli’s spicy sopressata sandwich.
True Blood: Bill’s House
Just like main character Bill Compton (played by Stephen Moyer), the Roseneath Plantation—which was used to shoot exteriors of the vampire’s home—is also around 150 years old. Another similarity? In the show, Bill was a soldier in the Civil War, and history proves that the plantation served as a hospital for injured soldiers during the war. Located at 5030 Highway 5 in Gloster, La., the owners of the estate objected to any future filming on the property after disagreeing with the show’s controversial content, so producers chose to build an exact replica in Santa Monica, instead. The plantation is now home to approximately 150 cattle and their owner.
Main character Jamie Fraser (played by real life heartthrob Sam Heughan) calls Lallybroch home in the hit Starz drama Outlander (based off the novel of the same name), which is actually Midhope Castle in Abercorn, Scotland. According to Visit Scotland, the tower-house is unoccupied and visitors should feel free to walk around the property, which sits on acres of stunning green Scottish farmland.
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The Sopranos: Holsten’s
Soprano’s fans everywhere will recognize this real-life diner from the hit show’s infamous finale. Holsten’s Brookdale Confectionaery Ice Cream Parlor is a real diner located in Bloomfield, N.J. After James Gandolfini—who played main character Tony Soprano—passed away in 2013, the diner kept the booth where the Soprano family once sat reserved for a month, in homage to the actor. While the iconic table is now available to sit at throughout the week, it remains reserved on Saturdays when the Soprano’s tour bus stops by. Don’t forget to try some of their ice cream after your photo op.
Poldark: Wheal Leisure Mine
Anyone who watches Poldark will recognize the name Wheal Leisure—it’s caused main character, Ross (played by Aidan Turner) his fair share of harrowing ordeals throughout the show’s first season. Fans will be pleased to know when it comes to accuracy, Poldark’s pretty spot on. The Wheal Leisure—actually called the Wheal Owles Mine, in Cornwall, England—was indeed once a fully functioning mine. After a tragedy known as the Wheal Owles Mine Disaster killed 30 men in 1893, the mine was shut down—but the structure still remains. Those near Cornwall will find the site well worth a visit, as it lies on the stunning cliffs off the coast of the Atlantic Ocean.
Sabrina the Teenage Witch: The Spellman House
This one’s for all the 90’s kids out there. Who doesn’t remember Spellman Manor, filled with closets leading to other worlds and the two coolest Aunts, ever (and let’s not forget about Salem, the talking cat). In reality, this is actually a Victorian style home-turned-office building located at 64 E. Main St in Freehold, N.J. The structure houses multiple businesses, so fans can feel free to take a peek inside as long as visits are kept brief and quiet.
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Perhaps the most recognizable—and historical—location on this list is Highclere Castle in West Berkshire, England, which serves as the primary filming location for the hit period drama Downton Abbey. In the show, the castle is the residence of the Earl of Grantham and his family. Modern day life isn’t so different for the estate, which the 8th Earl of Carnarvon and his wife call home—though you’ll find no staff of 15+ downstairs. The grounds and select parts of the castle are open to the public between 60-70 days a year, so be sure to check out the website for dates and more visitor information.