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We'd rather go on holiday to the ‘Stranger Things’ town than Hogwarts

By Cath Clarke

What’s your idea of a relaxing holiday? Dodging the demogorgon with Barb in the Upside Down? Dodging axe swings and hoards of the undead in King's Landing?

Yes? Okay, you’re with the people who voted the small-town in ‘Stranger Things’ and the ‘Game of Thrones’ capital as the screen locations they’d most like to visit on holiday in a new survey. ‘Stranger Things’ topped the poll, with 48 percent of voters saying they want to holiday in Hawkins, Indiana. You know, the city where kids vanish into thin air and the Rubiks Cube is still a thing.

In fact, the city of Hawkins is fictional. The original title for ‘Stranger Things’ was ‘Montauk’, the real seaside town in Long Island, New York where the show’s creators, twins Matt and Ross Duffer, wanted it to be set. They were inspired by Steven Spielberg’s ‘Jaws’: ‘We were excited about the idea of doing something coastal. Probably our favourite movie of all time is “Jaws”.'

The second most-want-to-visit town, with 35 percent of the vote, is King’s Landing from ‘Game of Thrones’. Yes, even after **spoiler alert** Cersei Lannister’s little fireworks display at the end of the last season. For a less bloodthirsty holiday, try Dubrovnik, where King’s Landing is filmed.

Poor old Hogwarts polled at measly number five, with just 22 percent saying they’d like to visit Harry Potter’s alma mater. That's behind Walford from ‘Eastenders', which picked up 26 percent of vote. (Londoners, head to Fassett Square in Dalston, the inspiration for Albert Square.) In anther finding from the survey, one in six people polled confessed trying to book a holiday somewhere that turned out to be fictional – the planet Alderaan?  

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