The Princess Switch: Switched Again and The Princess Switch 3: Romancing the Star

Princess Switch Hopetoun House Credit Netflix

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A baker swaps places with someone who looks just like her – who happens to be a duchess!

A trio of films, that started with The Princess Switch (2018), both the 2nd and 3rd instalments of this popular festive feel-good family comedy were largely filmed in Edinburgh and the surrounding area.


The Princess Switch: Switched Again

Vanessa Hudgens reprises her role as Stacy (now the Princess of Belgravia) and her double, Margaret Delacourt, the Duchess of Montenaro, as once again both women swap places so that Margaret can repair her relationship with Stacy's friend Kevin. Unbeknown to both though, a third look-alike, Margaret's evil cousin Lady Fiona, disguises herself as Margaret in a scheme to steal the throne…...

The Princess Switch: Switched Again was released on Netflix on 19 November 2020 – watch the trailer now


Filming took place in Edinburgh over five weeks in December 2019 and January 2020, taking full advantage of the festive decorations in place in the city. And as you would expect in a film about princesses, stately homes and castles took centre stage:

Built between 1699 and 1707, Hopetoun House has been the ancestral home of the Hope family for over 300 years. With a year round programme of events, from guided walks of the extensive garden & grounds, to the hugely popular Christmas Shopping Fair, this unique house makes for a special day out any time of the year.

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Set within 5,000 acres of parkland and coast, Gosford House in East Lothian was designed for the 7th Earl of Wemyss by celebrated Scots architect, Robert Adam. Three storeys high and with a magnificent double staircase which leads to a surrounding picture gallery, this is a truly elegant house.

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Built in 1905, Manderston is a stunning example of Edwardian architecture, set in 56 acres of formal gardens just outside of Duns in the Scottish Borders. No expense was spared in the house’s exquisite design, with sumptuous state rooms including a beautiful ball room, marble floors and the only silver staircase in the world.

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Now a bustling city centre bar & restaurant, The Dome on George Street started life in 1845 as the head office of the Commercial Bank. Step through the impressive entrance, past the enormous classical columns and you’ll find the Grill-Room, once the main banking hall, with its impressive domed roof flooding light into the room. Be sure to pay this popular venue a visit during the festive season when it becomes festooned in Christmas decorations.

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Loved by locals and visitors, Mimi’s Bakehouse Leith has been satisfying our tastebuds since opening it’s doors on the shore in 2010. Whether you stop by for a coffee, a slice of cake, brunch or lunch, you’re in for a treat.

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The Princess Switch 3: Romancing the Star

It was a return to Scotland, and Edinburgh, for the third instalment of The Princess Switch 3: Romancing the Star.

When a priceless Christmas relic is stolen, look-alikes Margaret and Stacy turn to Margaret’s cousin, Lady Fiona Pembroke (who also happens to be the double of both royal look-alikes) for help to track down the thief.

The Princess Switch 3: Romancing the Star was released on Netflix on 18 November 2021 watch the trailer now


Once again, the stunning Hopetoun House and Gosford House brought this festive film to life, but eagle-eyed viewers may also recognise the following Edinburgh & Lothians locations:

With its unspoilt coastal views and mature woodlands, 13th century Barnbougle Castle is only 7 miles from Edinburgh and close to the iconic Forth Bridges. Set in 2,000 acres of private parkland, this stunning castle is available for bespoke weddings, meetings and corporate events.

Barnbougle Castle Exterior Approach

Today it serves as a college and events venue, but Newbattle Abbey has a fascinating history, spanning 900 years. Founded as a Cistercian Monastery in 1140, it became a family home in the 16th century and an adult residential college in 1937. The Abbey was requisitioned by the army during WWII, before resuming as a college again in 1950. To learn more about the varied history of this ancient building, why not book a guided tour and follow in the steps of its previous inhabitants.

Newbattle Abbey

Situated in the charming village of South Queensferry, Dakota Hotel is a luxury contemporary hotel, just minutes from the Forth Bridges that connect Edinburgh with Fife.

With 600 years of history permeating through its walls, Borthwick Castle has seen its fair share of historic moments over the years. From a place of refuge for Mary Queen of Scots in 1567 to an attack by Oliver Cromwell’s army in 1650. After a major refurbishment in 2013, it is now a luxurious retreat, with twelve lavish bedchambers, impressive and yet intimate dining and lounge areas, not to mention breathing panoramic views. 

Borthwick Castle


Hosting a vast number of events each year, including the popular Royal Highland Show, in more recent times the highly versatile Royal Highland Centre has also been used as Covid-19 vaccination centre.

 Princess Switch Hopetoun House Image Credit Netflix(Image Credit: Netflix)


From rom-com to murder mysteries, Edinburgh has offered the perfect backdrop to many popular films – discover more in our guide to Edinburgh on Film