Ever since the likes of Verne, Gernsback and Wells put pen to paper and filled the page with stories of time travel, different dimensions and things from other worlds, science fiction has broadened our minds to the endless possibilities of what could lie out there in the inky blue-black of the night skies. It also has permeated our culture in a way no-one could have foreseen, spawning some of the most memorable movies and bona fide cult classics of our age.
So whether you’re planning a journey to the centre of the earth or simply dreaming of electric sheep, join us on a whirlwind ride through space and time as we take on sci-fi’s finest terrestrial attractions.
Created by the architect Clough Williams-Ellis from 1925 to 1976, this village is best known as the surreal location for the '60s classic sci-fi TV show "The Prisoner." Located in Wales, visits are available to this isolated estuary estate as long as you leave the dog at home. And please be careful with those large white inflatable balls on the beach.
This architectural landmark, located at 304 Broadway and West 3rd Street in downtown LA, served as the decrepit home of replicant designer and master toy builder J. F. Sebastian in the 1982 sci-fi classic "Blade Runner." Visits are possible, but don’t expect it to look much like it did in the film — this building is still very much in use and a beautiful example of the Renaissance Revival style in the 1890s.
Should you happen to find yourself in Chur, Switzerland, and desire a drink fuelled by nightmares, why not stop in the H.R. Giger Museum Bar for a quick drink? The bar was themed and modelled by the Swiss artist H. R. Giger, who is most famous for his work on the 1979 film "Alien." Fans would be happy to die here, and then become part of the decor.
Featured in the 2011 sci-fi comedy movie "Paul," the Little A’Le’Inn is a small bar, restaurant and motel located in Rachel, Nevada, on the aptly named Extraterrestrial Highway. Right next to the notorious Area 51, this fun establishment has served as a meeting place for aviation, UFO and conspiracy enthusiasts for over 25 years. Earthlings welcome.
Most famous for being the ninth nuclear city in the Soviet Union, it housed the infamous Chernobyl power plant. Abandoned since the 1986 accident, the town has been featured in numerous films and computer games. Fans of the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. games franchise in particular are likely to already know their way around the place with landmarks made famous by the series — the fairground bumper cars and Ferris wheel. While not the most relaxing tourist destination, Ukrainian authorities have started issuing tourist visas into the exclusion zone for those with an adventurous spirit.