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Did you know that the latest Star Wars Film - the Force Awakens had a number of exterior scenes filmed at destinations in the UK and Ireland? Here is the fans definitive guide.

puzzlewoodPuzzlewood Forest in the Forest of Dean was the film location used for the lush forested planet of Takodana where the main characters in the film - Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega) and Han Solo (Harrison Ford) would come face to face with Stormtroopers from the First Order and the Dark warrior Kylo Ren (Adam Driver). Puzzlewood has also also been used as a film location for the Hollywood movies Jack the Giant Killer and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1.

Puzzlewood is just one of many great places to visit in the Wye Valley. See our Wye Valley and Forest of Dean destination page for more things to do here.

derwantWhilst the character scenes on Takodana were filmed at Puzzlewood; the Lake District was also used to make this fictional planet come to life in the film with the backdrop of the beautiful Derwentwater being used for the air battle scenes involving the First order and the Resistance X-wings. Other Lake District locations used in the film are Thirlmere viaduct and Walla Crag. Image still from movie trailer

It's no secret that we love the Lake District at Great British Trips. Find out more at our Lake District Destination page.

skelligThe final scene in the film featuring Mark Hamill playing Luke Skywalker once again is set on the Island of Skellig Michael located 8 miles off the coast of County Kerry in the south west of Ireland. Skellig Michael is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is expected to be used in the next instalment of the Star Wars saga. Image credit

The monastic island of Skellig Michael is just one of a myriad of places just waiting to be discovered in County Kerry. Why not visit our destination page on Killarney for some more ideas for your Great Irish Trip.


By Andrew Lancey

Date: 2017-11-28 13:18:04