Now, I may be a self-confessed Lord of the Rings fanatic but you definitely don’t need to be to enjoy the experience! 40% of visitors to the Hobbiton Movie Set have never seen or read either of the J. R. R Tolkien trilogies.
Although Hobbiton is a major tourist attraction, the way that they stagger the tour groups means that it doesn’t feel too busy and you have plenty of time for photo opportunities.
Our tour guide was fun, patient(!) and informative as she led us around green fields and through orchards, pointing out which of the details were real or man-made movie set props. In a lot of cases it was hard to tell the difference, there was even a fake tree at Bag End, with hand painted leaves!
Scattered around the movie set are 44 permanently reconstructed Hobbit Holes, each built with astounding detail. Try and spot the Hobbit Holes belonging to the beekeeper, the fisherman and the cheese monger, though the highlights are the home of Samwise and of course, Bag End – the home of Bilbo and then Frodo Baggins.