15 Abandoned Movie Sets that You Can Still Visit
Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit – New Zealand
A highly popular destination for tourists in New Zealand, even the sole reason that some make the trip, there are parts of The Lord of the Rings set which have been virtually untouched since filming for The Hobbit stopped. Mainly, the area in which the scenes in the Shire are filmed, called The Hobbiton Movie Set.
There are guided tours around the area, including a visit to the Green Dragon Inn, a replica of the inn that featured in the films, and The Shires Rest Café, which serves breakfast as well as second breakfast, a nod to the first Lord of the Rings film.
Star Wars – Sahara Desert, Tunisia
For fans of a galaxy far, far away, there is a location you can visit that doesn’t involve space or time travel. Situated in the Tunisian regions of the Sahara Desert in Africa are the ruins of the Tatooine set used to film Star Wars: A New Hope, the first film released in the popular franchise. With the nearby town of Tataouine, George Lucas’ inspiration for the sand-planet, this is a must visit for any wannabe Jedi Knights out there.
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly – Tabernas Desert, Almeria, Spain
The Tabernas Desert in Almeria has been frequently used to film Western’s across the years. So much so that in the 70s, a western styled theme park was opened nearby to help capitalise on the popularity of the genre.
However, a short while from that park lies the ruins of the set used to film Sergio Leone’s classic, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. However, the site has since been abandoned and doesn’t receive many tourists anymore due to the declining popularity of the Western genre.