5 UK and Ireland Star Wars locations you'll want to visitFeel the force and discover a little more besides
It's well-known that many key scenes from the Star Wars saga were filmed on staged sets in various studio complexes around the edge of London, but did you know that other open-air locations were used across the UK and Ireland?
It's easy to see why this self-billed 'magical woodland' in the Forest of Dean was an inspiration for the location scouts of The Force Awakens. Rey first encounters Kylo Ren in the forest setting. The ancient woodlands were also used for Harry Potter and the Dealthy Hallows Part 1 and are thought to be the original inpsiration for Middle Earth in Lord of the Rings.
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2. Whippendale Wood
Famed for its impressive displays of bluebells, this wood, near Watford, doubled as the woodlands of Naboo in The Phantom Menace. Obi-wan Kenobi first meets Jar-Jar Binks.
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3. Canary Wharf tube station
Keen-eyed movie buffs may spot that scenes in Rogue One were filmed at London Undergound's Canary Wharf station – the modern sci-fi interior was the Imperial security complex on the tropical planet Scarif in the film.
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4. RAF Cardington
The RAF base at Cardington, Bedfordshire, featured in both A New Hope and Rogue One as the Yavin IV rebel base. Tours are available.
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5. Skellig Michael
Located 7 miles from the coast of County Kerry in Ireland, the sheer clifs and ragged rocks of Skellig Michael serve as the backdrop for Luke Skywalker's island sanctuary, Ahch-To, in The Force Awakens and Rey's training in The Last Jedi.