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Ones To Watch: Films Set in Edinburgh

Discover These Great Movies Set in Edinburgh

Edinburgh is very photogenic, with its historic architecture, magnificent castle and surrounding natural landscapes. So, it’s no surprise that the city is a popular film location. When you think of famous movies set in Edinburgh, Trainspotting and the Da Vinci Code might come to mind. However, many more films have been set in our vibrant capital. So, why not visit Edinburgh and discover more of our filming locations and settings.

One Day

This British-American romantic film stars Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess. The film follows the lives of Emma and Dexter who meet at their Edinburgh University graduation. We then catch up with them on the same day of the year, 15th July, during different years of their friendship. Locations in Edinburgh include Parliament Square, Moray Place, Arthur’s Seat and Calton Hill. Our central Parliament House Hotel sits at the foot of Calton Hill, so you’re just a short stroll from its views and monuments.

The Angel’s Share

This crime movie features filming locations in both Glasgow and Edinburgh. The story is about how a whisky distillery helped turn around the life of a new Dad who has narrowly escaped prison. Though mostly set in Glasgow, the film uses several Edinburgh locations. The Pompadour Rooms at the Waldorf Astoria Caledonian Hotel were the setting for the whisky meeting. You’ll also catch sightings of Edinburgh Castle, The Mound and Princes Street in this Scottish film. If the film puts you in the mood to try the local tipple, you can visit the Scottish Whisky Experience on the Royal Mile.

Festival

Whilst many good Scottish movies feature locations in Edinburgh, the film Festival focuses on one of the city’s most popular annual events. This comedy follows the lives of several performers and judges at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Starring Lucy Punch, Stephen Mangan and Chris O’Dowd. They filmed many of the scenes at the actual comedy festival in 2004. The annual event takes place over three weeks every August. It features some of the world’s leading artists, comedians and musicians, along with new up-and-coming acts. It’s a fantastic time to stay with us in Edinburgh.

New Films Underway in Edinburgh

More recent films that had scenes shot in Edinburgh include Churchill and Clique. And, filmmakers continue to come here from all over the world. Gareth Jones is currently being shot in the city and looks set to join the list of fantastic Scottish films. The movie is based on the real story of a British investigative journalist who delves into the depths of the Soviet Union. So far, the production has been filmed in Edinburgh locations including Lothian Chambers on Royal Mile, Moray Place, Hill Street, and Hopetoun House.

 

So, if you fancy a tour around some great film locations, take a look at our special offers and book a stay with us. Here, you’re just a short walk from the cobbled streets that inspired JK Rowling’s world-famous Harry Potter books and films. Experience the magic of the most iconic locations of movies set in Edinburgh. 

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