Monty Python and the Holy Grail – Tomnadashan mine

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A small copper (and gold) mine in the north of Scotland, Tomnadashan Mine. While John Campbell was unsuccessful here mining the goods, a small crew of filmmakers was very successful when they used this location as : The cave of Caerbannog. The crew was Monty Python, the film The Holy Grail. At this location, the Black Beast of Arrrghhh lives and is guarded by the killer rabbit. Luckily, there is the Holy Handgrenade of Antioch….

Battersea Power Station – UK

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The largest brick build building in Europe, this Grade II listed “power station” can be seen in many films and tv shows. Constructed in the 1930’s but closed down in 1983, this iconic building was very suitable for a mystery in “Sherlock” (tv show), many episodes of the Original pre 2005 “Doctor Who” (which was recorded in and around London at that time). But also Hitchcock’s “Sabotage” was filmed here as well as “The Meaning of Life” from the Python boys.

Pink Floyd photographed here for the cover of “Animals” with a large inflateable pink pig. The pig broke loose and got in the flyway of Heathrows planes. This produced much publicity for Pink Floyd and the Power Station.

The Station has been bought by a Malaysian company in 2012 and has been turned into appartments. In 2020 a tube station with the same name will be opened nearby. Also in the “new” Battersea Power Station, there is room for many offices, Apple has a space here as well.

Iconic as this building is, it is sure to turn up in many other productions….

Monty Python and the Holy Grail – Scotland

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In 1974 a small crew went to scotland to film their movie “The Holy Grail”. The National Trust of Scotland gave them permission to film at several location, but denied them that shortly before filming. With very little time to find alternative locations, Doune Castle was chosen. This one castle became the location for Camelot, Castle Anthrax and Swamp Castle. The hilarious film became a great succes.

If you go and visit this Castle, you can take the audio tour by Terry Jones, one of the original Pythons!

In 2015, this Castle turned from the famous Camelot to the also famous Winterfell for the TV series “Game of Thrones”, who decided to come and film here as well.