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The Dark Knight Location Travel Guide
Holiday Bruce Wayne-style with our handy location profile

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Given all the obsessive love of Christopher Nolan’s Batman films, we’re a little surprised that Batman tours haven’t become a huge part of the tourist industry. In the absence of any huge tour buses cashing in on the films, we’re here to help! Here’s a handy guide to the principal locations of the three films so that you can recreate the Dark Knight’s adventures on your next break. Warning: don’t try to recreate his stunts or you’ll get arrested / killed.

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The Dark Knight Location Travel Guide | Mentmore Towers
Mentmore Towers

Where is it? 6 miles north of Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, UK.

What is it? A stately home built between 1852 and 1854 by architect Joseph Paxton and George Henry Stokes, in the Jacobethan style. It was originally a home for the Baron Mayer de Rothschild, who wanted a pile near London for his art collection – you know how it is. Since then it’s been the headquarters of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, his Transcendental Meditation movement and Natural Law Party. None of these things are very Batman. It was also a shooting location for Eyes Wide Shut, Brazil and, er, Ali G Indahouse.

What did it play onscreen? Welcome to Wayne Manor in the first film, home to the young Bruce, his theatre-loving parents, butler Alfred and future lawyer Rachel Dawes. Sadly, things didn’t go so well for the Manor at the end of Batman Begins, so it sat out the follow-up after Bruce vowed to rebuild it “brick by brick”. Wollaton Hall has replaced Mentmore as Wayne Manor for the third instalment.

Can I visit? Sadly, no: the building is scheduled for refurbishment as a hotel but hasn’t been converted yet. In the meantime, you can go to the grounds and play golf, which might give you some idea of the Wayne lifestyle, if you can imagine Batman in an Argyle.

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1 You can actually go to Nottingham's Wollaton Hall...
Thanks narf17 - I was a bit bugged that the Wayne Manor you can actually visit was given a throwaway sentence. For a travel guide it's handy to be able to go there!! www.wollatonhall.org.uk I love Wollaton Park, a beautiful hall, majestic deer across the park and a lovely lake walk - my family and I always go when people come to stay with us. Entry is free and you only pay a couple of quid to park. More

Posted by helenleach on Thursday July 5, 2012, 10:52

2 That's Roger Moore's House!
I remember seeing Osterley Park House loads of time in The Persuaders!, Usually as Lord Brett Sinclairs Mansion More

Posted by TPM007 on Wednesday July 4, 2012, 11:08

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The Farmiloe Building near St John Street in London, has been Gotham police HQ in all of Nolan's films. More

Posted by Rod Hull on Wednesday July 4, 2012, 08:17

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The Delta Point building in Croydon. Still an empty office, as far as I'm aware. More

Posted by Schnorbitz on Wednesday July 4, 2012, 00:12

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Nice to see a mention of Wollaton Hall in the copy. You can visit it every day of the year for free, unlike the place in Bucks. More

Posted by narf17 on Tuesday July 3, 2012, 15:55

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Spent a lot of time at Wollaton Park when I was at uni. Remember reading the Inception Issue of Empire and Christopher Nolan's big plans for the The Dark Knight follow up just in front of Wollaton Manor. If I had known it was being used as a location... More

Posted by thepluginbaby on Tuesday July 3, 2012, 15:49

7 RE: Where's...
It's mentioned in the copy!  More

Posted by Helen OHara on Tuesday July 3, 2012, 14:45

8 RE: Where's...
And what about Wollaton Hall in Nottingham used for the external shots of Wayne Manor???????   Bloody production crew even knocked down a wall while filming it because the truck didn't fit through the gap! More

Posted by davey_g on Tuesday July 3, 2012, 14:21

9 Where's...
Glasgow? I heard a rumour that Nolan filmed some in Glasgow as he loved the old architecture of the city and it reminded him of what he thinks Gotham would be like. More

Posted by cheekimonki on Tuesday July 3, 2012, 11:51

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