As a fantasy writer, I’m always inspired by the castles I see in movies. From the grand architecture to the majestic atmosphere, castles have always captivated my imagination. They are a reminder of the power of castles and their ability to bring ancient stories and legends to life. And yes, my sweet fantasy stories always have a castle! In this blog post, I will explore the use of castles in movies. Take a look at these 25 wonderful movie castles!
Movie Castles in the UK
– Windsor Castle
– Tower of London
– Leeds Castle
– Dover Castle
– Highclere Castle
Movie Castles in Italy
– Castello Di Sammezzano
– Castel del Monte
– Castel Sant’ Angelo
– Castel de Montecchio
Movie Castles in Germany
– Burg Eltz
– Hohenzollern Castle
– Neuschwanstein Castle
– Heidelberg Castle
– Wartburg Castle
Movie Castles in France
– Château de Chambord
– Château de Fontainebleau
– Château de Chenonceau
– Château de Vincennes
– Château de Versailles
Movie Castles in the United States
– Hearst Castle
– Ashford Castle
– Boldt Castle
– Biltmore Estate
- Ireland– Bishop’s Palace
- Bonus – Peles Castle from Romania
Windsor Castle (Movie Castles in the UK)
The Windsor Castle in the United Kingdom has been featured in many movies over the years, from classic films such as 1954’s Beau Brummell to more modern productions such as 2011’s My Week with Marilyn and 2016’s Victoria. Other films that feature Windsor Castle include Elizabeth (1998), The King’s Speech (2010), Henry V (1989), Sir Kenneth Branagh’s Hamlet (1996), The Lion in Winter (1968), The Madness of King George (1994), Mary Queen of Scots (1971), Mrs. Brown (1997), The King (2019) and Victoria & Abdul (2017). Windsor Castle has a long and rich history, dating back to the 11th century when it was first built by William the Conqueror.
The castle has been used by the British royal family ever since, and it’s been the site of many historically significant events. It has been visited by numerous monarchs, including Henry I, Edward III, and Elizabeth I, and has undergone several renovations throughout its history. It is now a popular tourist attraction, and its grandiose architecture has been featured in many films.
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Tower of London (Movie Castles in the UK)
The Tower of London is a historic structure in London, England that was built by William the Conqueror in 1078. Throughout the years, the tower has been featured in several films, including Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019) , The Boy Who Turned Yellow (1972) , Anonymous (2011) , The Six Wives of Henry VIII (1970) , Wolf (2004) , Doctor Who (2005-present) , Columbo (1971-78) , Muppets Most Wanted (2014) , The Tower (1956) , The Jokers (1967) , and Henry VIII: Patron or Plunderer? (2003) .
The most prominent of all the films to feature the Tower of London is the 1939 black-and-white historical film Tower of London (1939) , directed and produced by Rowland V. Lee. This film stars Basil Rathbone as the future King Richard III of England, and Boris Karloff as his fictitious club-footed executioner Mord.
The film is based on the traditional depiction of Richard rising to become King of England in 1483 by eliminating everyone ahead of him. Each time Richard accomplishes a murder, he removes one figurine from a dollhouse resembling a throneroom. Once he has completed his task, he now needs to defeat the exiled Henry Tudor to retain the throne.
Pre-production on the film began years before production began when Rowland V. Lee travelled to the United Kingdom to do research for a historical film. Production went over-budget and led to Lee making a deal with Universal to complete all scenes with the higher costing cast members early to finish the film. Basil Rathbone, Boris Karloff, and Barbara O’Neil star in the film.
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Movies that used Leeds Castle (UK)
Leeds Castle in Kent, England has been used as a filming location for many films and television shows over the years. Some of the films that have been filmed at Leeds Castle are Lady Jane (1986), Henry VIII (1979) and Purge of Kingdoms (2019). This castle has also been used in the small screen for a Doctor Who serial, The King’s Demons (1983), as well as in Celebrity Antiques Road Show – Series 8 (2018), Secrets of Great British Castles (2016) and Richard E. Grant on Ealing Comedies (2016).  Phil Spencer’s Stately Homes Series 3 Episode 4 Leeds Castle was also filmed at Leeds Castle.  Some of the other movies filmed at Leeds Castle are The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses (2016), Gadget Man (2014) and Kind. 
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Dover Castle (Movie Castles in the UK)
Dover Castle in the UK has been used as a filming location for some of the most popular movies of all time. Films such as Christopher Robin (2018) , Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) , Into the Woods (2015) , The Crown (2016) , The Other Boleyn Girl (2008) , Most Haunted (2004) , Lady Jane (1986) , Wolf Hall (2015) , and Hamlet (1990)  have all been shot here. The castle was first built entirely out of clay , and collapsed to the ground, before being re-built in the 11th century under the reign of Henry II. During this time, eight knights were appointed to guard the castle , and over £6,500 was spent on its construction . The castle was later besieged by the French in 1216 during the First Barons’ War, but the walls proved too strong to breach .
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Highclere Castle (Movie Castles in the UK)
Highclere Castle, located in Hampshire, England, has been a popular filming location for many movies and television series. Most notably, it was used for the hit ITV historical drama series Downton Abbey . Other films that have been shot at the 5,000-acre (2,000 ha) estate include Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves , Jeeves and Wooster , The Four Feathers , Eyes Wide Shut , The Legend of Tarzan , and King Ralph  . It is also open to the public for self-guided tours during the summer months. The main structure of the house was largely renovated in the 1840s and is owned by the Earls of Carnarvon, a branch of the Anglo-Welsh Herbert family.
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Castello Di Sammezzano (Movie Castles in Italy)
1. Tale of Tales  – This 2015 movie featured the stunning Sammezzano Castle as the backdrop for one of its scenes.
2. Arabian Nights  – This 1974 film used the castle as a filming location, giving viewers a glimpse of its exotic beauty.
3. The Adventures of Hercules  – This 1985 Italian-American fantasy adventure film was also filmed at the castle.
4. Quiet Days in Clichy  – This 1990 drama used the castle as a backdrop for its scenes.
5. Sinbad of the Seven Seas  – This 1989 Italian-American fantasy film was also filmed at the castle.
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Castel del Monte (Movie Castle in Italy)
The movies that were filmed at Castel del Monte are Wonder Woman (2017) , Tale of Tales (2015) , The Gospel According to St. , Falling Star (2014) , and La legge violenta della squadra anticrimine (1976) . Wonder Woman and Tale of Tales are some of the most popular movies to be filmed there . Castel del Monte is a 13th-century citadel and castle situated on a hill in Andria in the Apulia region of southeast Italy . It was built in the 1240s by King Frederick II, who had inherited the lands from his mother Constance of Sicily . Over the centuries, the castle has been used for various purposes, such as a prison, a refuge during a plague, and a state navigational aid station during WWII . It is currently being restored.
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Castel Sant' Angelo (Movie Castle in Italy)
Castello de Montecchio (Movie Castles in Italy)
List of movies that used Burg Eltz castle (Germany)
Burg Eltz castle (Germany) has been featured in several movies of various genres. The Ninth Configuration  is a comedy, drama, and horror film about a former marine who arrives at a mental asylum and tries to rehabilitate the patients. Spear of Destiny  is a 2010 TV movie about a museum curator and treasure hunter who try to find Professor Bachmann, who went missing under mysterious circumstances. The Book Thief , The Monuments Men  and The Reader  are all historical dramas that have featured the castle. Bilderbuch Deutschland  is a 1996-2002 documentary about the history of German children’s books. Mystery Challenge  is a 2009-2010 German game show about contestants trying to solve puzzles and riddles.
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List of movies that used Hohenzollern Castle (Germany)
Hohenzollern Castle is the ancestral seat of the imperial House of Hohenzollern, located atop a mountain in Germany. The historic castle has been used as a filming location for a number of movies, including A Cure for Wellness , Barry Lyndon , Schlösserwelten Europas , and Vor Sonnen-Aufgang [1, 2, 3]. A Cure for Wellness  stars Dane DeHaan, Jason Isaacs, Mia Goth and Ivo Nandi, and follows an ambitious young executive sent to retrieve his company’s CEO from a mysterious “wellness center” set in the Swiss Alps. The movie earned $8.11M at the box office, and was rated TV-Y7 and runs for 30 minutes.
Barry Lyndon  is a 1975 British-American period drama directed by Stanley Kubrick and starring Ryan O’Neal, Marisa Berenson and Patrick Magee. The film follows an Irishman who attempts to make his fortune in the 18th century. Schlösserwelten Europas  is a documentary exploring some of Europe’s most iconic castles, including Hohenzollern Castle.
The Worst Witch  is a 2017 British-German fantasy children’s television series based on the The Worst Witch books by Jill Murphy. The series stars Raquel Cassidy, Jenny Richardson, Clare Higgins and Dagny Rollins, and follows a young girl who discovers that she is a witch and enrolls in a school for young witches set high on a mountaintop. Finally, Vor Sonnen-Aufgang [1, 2, 3] is a 2017 short film by Laibach and Saup exploring the qualities and quantities of the nuclear age. The film was part of Laibach’s latest release “Also Sprach Zarathustra” and Saup’s cycle “1001 SUNS”.
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List of movies that used Neuschwanstein Castle (Germany)
Neuschwanstein Castle (Germany) has been used as a filming location in a number of movies across different genres.  Spaceballs (1987) is a PG-rated comedy-adventure-sci-fi movie,  The Great Escape (1963) is an Approved-rated adventure-drama-history movie, and  Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968) is a G-rated family-musical-fantasy movie. These are just a few examples of movies that have been filmed at Neuschwanstein Castle. Other movies include The Great Race (1965), War Horse (2011), The Three Musketeers (1973), and Chariots of Fire (1981).
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List of movies that used Heidelberg Castle (Germany)
 The Big Chance (1957), a German film, was set in Heidelberg. The genre of the film is drama.  The Girl on a Motorcycle (1968) was set in Heidelberg and the genre is action, crime, and drama.  The Odessa File (1974) was set in Heidelberg and the genre is action, crime, and drama.  Isi & Ossi (2020) was set in Heidelberg and the genre is comedy and romance.  Nina (II) (2018) was set in Heidelberg and the genre is drama.  Salting the Battlefield (2014 TV Movie) was set in Heidelberg and the genre is action, crime, and drama.  The Student Prince (1924) was set in Heidelberg and the genre is silent, adaptation, classic Hollywood, drama, and romance.
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List of movies that used Wartburg Castle (Germany)
 The Wartburg Castle in Germany has been used in many movies over the years. One of the most famous is the 1957 classic, The Student of Prague, a horror-fantasy film directed by Arthur Maria Rabenalt. The castle was also the main setting for the 2004 drama film, Downfall, directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel. Additionally, the castle was featured in the 2014 biographical drama, The Theory of Everything, directed by James Marsh.
 Not only has the Wartburg Castle been featured in drama films, but it was also used in the 2009 German fantasy-adventure film, The Neverending Story, directed by Wolfgang Petersen. Furthermore, the castle was featured in the 2002 fantasy-adventure film, The Ring of the Nibelungs, directed by Uli Edel. Lastly, the Wartburg Castle was used for the 2019 romantic comedy, Long Shot, directed by Jonathan Levine.
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Château de Chambord (Movie Castles in France)
The Château de Chambord castle in France has been the backdrop for many memorable movies.
If you’re a fan of romantic comedies, you may remember the 1994 classic, Sabrina, starring Harrison Ford and Julia Ormond. The castle stands in all its grandeur as the two protagonists enjoy a romantic evening together.
If you’re a fan of fantasy movies, you may recall the 2004 film, Van Helsing, starring Hugh Jackman and Kate Beckinsale. In one scene, the Château de Chambord castle is used to represent the castle of Dracula.
The Château de Chambord castle also makes an appearance in the 2013 film, The Great Gatsby, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan. The castle stands in the background while the characters waltz in a lavish and glamorous ballroom.
And if you’re looking for a historical drama, you should check out the 1996 film, The Scarlet Letter, starring Gary Oldman and Demi Moore. The castle gives the viewer a sense of the era and the grandeur of the time.
No matter what genre you prefer, the Château de Chambord castle can take you back in time and grant you a glimpse of its magnificence.
Château de Fontainebleau (Movie Castles in France)
The Château de Fontainebleau castle (France) has been used in several movies throughout the years.  The romantic drama “An Iranian Family in France” (102 minutes) follows a family as they navigate the Iranian Revolution and move to France.  The historical drama “The Young King Louis XIII” (120 minutes) follows the young Louis XIII as he is dominated by his mother Marie de Medici.  The drama, history, and music film “Not Rated” (130 minutes) follows the King Louis XVI and citizens of Marseille during the early part of the French Revolution.  Lastly, the documentary “Jean Renoir’s The King and I” (1,293 votes) tells the story of the Turkish boudoir of the Fontainebleau Castle.  Furthermore, the 15-minute short film “Joséphine et le Sultan” follows the boudoir of Marie-Antoinette, wife of King Louis XVI, and Joséphine, wife of Emperor Napoléon Ier. 
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List of movies that used Château de Chenonceau (France)
The Château de Chenonceau is a beloved location for many films and has been featured in numerous genres. For instance, the 1971 romantic drama MARY, QUEEN OF SCOTS  chronicled the life of Queen Mary Stuart (1542-1587) and used the castle as a setting. Additionally, the Château de Chenonceau was featured in the 2019 thriller series The Serpent Queen , which told the story of Catherine de Medici’s rise to power. Furthermore, the 2018 French drama The Man with the Magic Box  also used the castle in its plot, following a man’s journey to unlock the secrets of time travel. Finally, the castle was featured in the 2019 animated adventure The Prince and the Princess , which tells the story of a young prince who sets out on a quest to save his princess. Each of these films used the Château de Chenonceau to captivate viewers with its unique and picturesque setting.
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Château de Vincennes (Movie Castles in France)
 Château de Vincennes castle, located in France, has been used as a filming location for several movies. The romantic comedy, “Le Divorce” (2003), starring Kate Hudson and Naomi Watts, was filmed here.  The popular action-adventure movie, “The Three Musketeers” (2011) was also filmed in this castle. The cast included Logan Lerman, Matthew Macfadyen, Ray Stevenson, and Orlando Bloom.  The fantasy-adventure movie, “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” (2010) was also filmed at the Château de Vincennes castle. Nicolas Cage, Jay Baruchel, Alfred Molina, and Monica Bellucci starred in the movie.  The historical drama, “Tous les Matins du Monde” (1991), starring Gérard Depardieu and Jean-Pierre Marielle, was also filmed at the castle.  The popular action-drama movie, “The Hundred-Foot Journey” (2014), starring Helen Mirren, Om Puri, and Manish Dayal, was also filmed here.
List of movies that used Château de Versailles (France)
Some of the most famous movies filmed at the Château de Versailles in France are “The King’s Daughter,” “Marie Antoinette,” “Midnight in Paris,” and “Farewell, My Queen.” “The King’s Daughter” is a fantasy adventure film, while “Marie Antoinette” is a period drama starring Kirsten Dunst, Jason Schwartzman and Colin Firth. “Midnight in Paris,” directed by Woody Allen, stars Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams in a romantic comedy. Lastly, “Farewell, My Queen” is a historical drama which tells the story of Queen Marie Antoinette and the end of the French monarchy.
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Hearst Castle (Movie Castles in the USA)
Hearst Castle has been used in several films over the years, including the drama The Children’s Hour (1961) , the horror film The Pit and the Pendulum (1991) , and the romantic comedy Just My Luck (2006) . The Children’s Hour is a drama set during the McCarthy era, which tells the story of two women accused of having a lesbian affair.
The Pit and the Pendulum is a horror movie inspired by the Edgar Allan Poe story of the same name. It follows a man who is trying to uncover the truth behind a mysterious castle.
Finally, Just My Luck is a romantic comedy starring Lindsay Lohan and Chris Pine. It follows the story of a woman who visits the castle and finds love in the process. All three films use Hearst Castle to great effect, creating an atmosphere of suspense and romance. , , 
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List of movies that used Bishop's Palace (USA)
The Bishop’s Palace in Galveston, Texas has been featured in a number of iconic films. The classic 1939 film Gone with the Wind was famously filmed at the Bishop’s Palace. The 1952 film Singin’ in the Rain and the 1967 film Bonnie and Clyde both featured sequences filmed at the Bishop’s Palace. The 1974 film Chinatown, the 1975 film One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and the 1982 film E.T. all featured the Bishop’s Palace in their scenes. Additionally, the 1993 film Schindler’s List and the 2001 film The Mexican all featured scenes filmed at the Bishop’s Palace.
List of movies that used Boldt Castle (USA)
Boldt Castle, located in the Thousand Islands region on Heart Island in the United States, has been featured in various movies over the years. In the romantic comedy ‘It Could Happen to You’ (1994), the castle provided the backdrop for the wedding scene. The horror movie ‘Darkness Falls’ (1999) also used the castle as a setting for a few scenes. In ‘The Boy Who Could Fly’ (1986), the castle appears as a significant part of the movie’s setting.
The action-adventure movie ‘National Treasure: Book of Secrets’ (2007) features Boldt Castle as a potential hideaway for the Lost City of Gold. Finally, in the documentary ‘A Picture of the Thousand Islands’ (1999), the castle was used as a location to showcase the beauty of the area.
Overall, Boldt Castle has been used in a variety of genres, ranging from romantic comedies to documentaries. It Could Happen to You, Darkness Falls, The Boy Who Could Fly, National Treasure: Book of Secrets, and A Picture of the Thousand Islands all feature the iconic castle in various ways.
List of movies that used Biltmore Estate Castle (USA)
 Forrest Gump (Drama): Tom Hanks stars in this classic drama, filmed at the Biltmore Estate in 1994. The movie follows the life of the titular character as he embarks on a journey of self-discovery.
 The Last of the Mohicans (Romantic Adventure): The 1992 romantic adventure set in the 1750s features Daniel Day-Lewis and Madeleine Stowe as two star-crossed lovers. Much of the movie was filmed at the Biltmore Estate, including the iconic scene where the two jump off a cliff.
 The Swan (Romantic Drama): Grace Kelly stars in this 1956 romantic drama, which was filmed almost entirely at the Biltmore Estate. The movie follows the story of a European princess who falls in love with a commoner.
 Richie Rich (Comedy): Macaulay Culkin stars in this 1994 comedy, filmed at the Biltmore Estate. The movie follows the adventures of a wealthy, young boy as he learns the importance of friendship and family.  Hannibal (Thriller): Anthony Hopkins stars in this 2001 thriller, which was partially filmed at the Biltmore Estate. The movie follows the story of an escaped serial killer as he seeks revenge on the FBI agent who captured him.
 The Swan Princess (Fantasy): This 1994 animated fantasy film utilizes the Biltmore Estate as a backdrop for the story. The movie follows the story of a princess who is cursed to take the form of a swan.  My Fellow Americans (Comedy): Jack Lemmon and James Garner star in this 1996 comedy, filmed partially at the Biltmore Estate. The movie follows the story of two former presidents who team up to uncover a political scandal.
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List of movies that used Ashford Castle (Ireland)
The first movie to use Ashford Castle (Ireland) was the 1952 comedy-drama-romance, The Quiet Man, which passed 129 minutes with a rating of 7.7 . Following that was the 1980 drama, The Blue Rose, which was centered around the castle and ran for 101 minutes with a rating of 7.3 . The third movie to use Ashford Castle (USA) was the 1981 romantic-comedy, The Wedding Singer, which passed 100 minutes with a rating of 6.7 . To determine whether a word in a sentence is a noun, try adding it to the sentence and observe the structure . Additionally, it can be helpful to use transition words between sentences to make the content flow more smoothly and to use active voice, which occurs when the subject is performing the action .
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List of movies that used Peles Castle (Romania)
The Brothers Bloom, A Princess for Christmas, A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding, and Royal Matchmaker are some of the outstanding movies that were filmed in Romania using the iconic Peles Castle . The castle is renowned for its grandeur, luxury and history, making it an ideal filming location . In fact, there are many other movies that you didn’t even know were filmed in Romania . The castle has been featured in many romantic and historical films, making it a popular destination for filmmakers.
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Castles have been an iconic staple of the movie industry for decades. From Disney’s Beauty and the Beast to the Harry Potter franchise, they serve as an amazing backdrop for a variety of stories. Not only are they visually stunning, but they can also help evoke a sense of mystery and suspense.
Castles have been used in a variety of genres, including fantasy, horror, and historical dramas. In addition, they have been used to represent wealth and power, usually belonging to the main protagonist. The architecture of these grand structures is one of the most memorable elements of many classic films.
The popularity of castles in the movie industry is due to the fact that they are easily recognizable by audience members. As viewers watch a movie, they can instantly connect the building with a certain theme or emotion. Additionally, castles often have special effects associated with them, such as billowing flags or secret passageways.
The use of castles in films will continue to be an important part of the movie industry for years to come. They are an iconic symbol of power, mystery, and adventure. Whether it’s a classic castle from the Middle Ages or a futuristic structure, they will always be able to transport audience members to a different time and place.
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