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Kilmainham Gaol and Dark Hedges among most popular filming locations

Kilmainham Gaol prison cells from the outside

KILMAINHAM Gaol, Trinity College library and the Dark Hedges are some of the most-used locations in film and TV, an analysis has found.

Dublin, Belfast and Bray all featured in a new list of the most popular production sites.

Jurys Inn analysed more than 5,000 IMDb entries, splitting data by city-level, to reveal Britain and Ireland's favoured settings.

Dublin placed third overall, with 85 different films and TV shows filmed there.

Kilmainham Gaol popped up more than 20 times.

As well as featuring in many Irish films including In the Name of the Father, The Wind that Shakes the Barley and Michael Collins, it was also seen in The Italian Job and its cell block interiors in Paddington 2.

Other landmarks to appear on-screen included Trinity College and UCD in Educating Rita, Dublin City Hall in Becoming Jane and The Iveagh Gardens in Albert Nobbs.

Trinity College library, which is the permanent home to the Brian Boru harp, a copy of 1916 Proclamation of the Irish Republic, and the Book of Kells was also a favoured spot.

In the north, The Dark Hedges was used in both Game of Thrones and Transformers: The Last Knight.

Some filming of Game of Thrones also took place at Magheramorne Quarry in Larne and Castle Ward in Co Down. Its historic farmyard is the location of Winterfell, the backdrop for the series pilot and much of season one.

London placed first overall with 1,008 movies and TV shows listing it as a filming location. In second was the small Hertfordshire town of Borehamwood, which is home to the famous Elstree Studios.

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