As promised, I’m working my way through a back log of posts from a few of my recent trips, and thought I’d start at the end, rather than the beggining, with Edinburgh.
I visited the city over Hogmanay – Edinburgh’s version of New Year’s Eve – last year, and while the festivities didn’t end up being quite my cup of tea, the capital itself ceases to amaze me every time I visit.
Edinburgh is known for being Harry Potter territory – which I love – and the home of Danny Boyle’s Trainspotting series, but less known are it’s connections to another massive franchise – Marvel.
If you’ve seen Avengers: Infinity War, you’ll no doubt remember that rather epic scene where Wanda and Vision are attacked by Thanos’ henchmen – before being rescued by Captain America, Black Widow and The Falcon. Well, all of that was set, and shot, in the Scottish capital.
I unashamedly dragged Jess around as many filming locations as I possibly could whilst we wandered Edinburgh’s old town, so today I’m going to share a little guide with you guys in case you want to visit for yourselves.
All the locations are quite close together, so you could easily visit them in a couple of hours. I’ve added a little bonus spot at the end for those of you who have a little more time in the city and don’t mind travelling further afield – and trust me, you’ll want to see this place.
AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR MOVIE LOCATIONS
Miss Katie Cupcake
When we first see Vision (Paul Bettany) and Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) in Infinity War, they’re in hiding, cosied up at an Edinburgh Hotel. They stumble across a kebab shop window whilst on an evening stroll, showing a news report on the Black Order attack in New York – and that’s when all the action begins.
The ‘Hunsu Kebab House’ that offers to ‘deep fry your kebab’ doesn’t actually exist – in it’s place stands Miss Katie Cupcake, a gift store down Cockburn Street in Edinburgh’s historic Old Town, just north of the Royal Mile. Miss Katie’s was transformed into the takeaway shop especially for Avengers: Infinity War, so it looks a little different in real life, but you can still picture the scene quite easily.
Unfortunately Miss Katie Cupcake was closed when we visited, but it looked like it had a treasure trove of wonderful souvineers so I’d definitely recommend a visit.
Just outside Miss Katie Cupcake, on Fleshmarket Close, is where Vision gets stabbed through the chest by Corvus Glaive (Michael James Shaw), before being thrown across Cockburn Street. You can actually see the street sign quite clearly in the movie, along with the Swish Store front that Glaive stands in front of.
I attempted to take a photo of the scene but it was quite dark so didn’t turn out exactly how I wanted it. Even so, lining up the shot actually turned out to be quite easy.
Laila’s Mediterranean Bistro
Wanda is then blasted into the window of Laila’s Mediterranean Bistro by Proxima Midnight (Carrie Coon), which lies on the other side of Cockburn Street to Fleshmarket Close. The restaurant has embraced it’s new found fame with a sign that shows the exact spot Wanda emerges from, with a faux crack in the glass.
Wanda and Vision then zoom over Edinburgh’s rooftops and land in the pillared courtyard of the City Chambers down the Royal Mile, where you can see the statue of Alexander the Great on his horse, before the duo are attacked once again. The cobbled road and arches of the City Chambers appear later in the movie as well, when Wanda is fighting Proxima again.
St Giles Cathedral
Corvus Glaives and Vision continue their fight on the roof of the 14th Century St Giles Cathedral, which lies across the road from the City Chambers. In the movie they end up destroying quite a lot of the building – thankfully the damage done to the cathedral’s spire was created by CGI.
You can go on a tour of St Giles for a small fee, which will take you up to the rooftop so you can see the setting for yourself. We didn’t have enough time to do that this time around, but it’s definitely going on my bucket list for when I’m next in the city.
Meanwhile, below the cathedral, Wanda and Proxima go head to head. Their fight takes place on Parliament Square, specifically under the arches outside the Advocates Library. They end up fighting by the Statue of James Braidwood, which you can make out very briefly before Wanda throws Proxima back across the Royal Mile to the City Chambers.
The final Avengers Filming Location we visited in Edinburgh was Waverly Station. It was here that Wanda and Vision were joined by Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and The Falcon (Anthony Mackie) who appear in what can only be described as one of the most exciting scenes in the movie – the moment Cap suddenly appears behind a passing train before catching a spear is just epic.
This entire scene was filmed at the back of the station on Platform 2, but don’t bother looking for Saluto’s Coffee Bar, as the little café was created especially for the movie and has since been taken down. In its place lies a little video about the building process, along with behind the scenes information, which is worth watching if you have the time.
Saint Abbs isn’t exactly in Edinburgh itself, but if you’re hiring a car whilst visiting the city, make sure you schedule in a trip to the seaside town, which is only about an hour away from the capital on Scotland’s east coast – you won’t be disappointed. Saint Abbs actually appears in Avengers: Endgame as New Asgard – the Norwegian village the Asgardians move to after the snap.
In the movie, Hulk and Rocket Raccoon head here to fetch Thor, and end up getting a bit of a surprise once they find him. It’s one of the most beautiful little towns I’ve ever visited, and is full of wonderful coastal trails, so is worth visiting even if you’re not a massive Avengers fan.
Where to stay
There are lots of incredible hotels in Edinburgh to chose from, but if you want to live out the ultimate Avengers fantasy, you’ll need to stay where the stars did when they were filming Infinity War – Balmoral Hotel. Coincidentally, this was also the location J.K. Rowling chose to write the final book in her Harry Potter series, with 552 being her room of choice.
If you’re looking for something a little closer to all of the filming locations, Old Town Chambers lies, as the name suggests, right next to City Chambers and is rated as one of the best hotels in the city. Alternatively the Ibis down Royal Mile is slightly more affordable and is located just opposite Cockburn Street.
Are you a Marvel Fan? Have you seen Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame? What did you think of the movies – will you be planning a trip to visit the filming locations in Edinburgh, or have you visited the city before and have seen a few of these locations first hand already? Let me know in the comments below.
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