Wales hosts Hollywood blockbusters Sometimes even Hollywood stars have to play best supporting actor to the scenery. Wales has been the location for hundreds of films. Here we pay tribute to our most scene-stealing locations. Whale of a time Matthew Rhys as Dylan Thomas in The Edge of Love Matthew Rhys filmed The Edge of Love (2008) in several locations around West Wales, most notably New Quay. This lovely harbour town was the inspiration for Dylan Thomas’ classic Under Milk Wood, although the 1972 movie version, starring Richard Burton, was filmed down the coast at Lower Fishguard, as was the 1955 film Moby Dick. Holy water! Henrhyd Falls, Brecon Beacons by Paula J James In the 2012 movie The Dark Knight Rises, the Batcave is hidden behind the 88-foot (27 metre) curtain of thundering water known as Henrhyd Falls, the highest of dozens of cascades in the western Brecon Beacons. The 'Dai' Vinci code Margam Park, Neath Port Talbot Margam Park is an 850-acre country park with its own 12th-century abbey and neo-Gothic mansion. It’s also a slice of sun-dappled Renaissance Tuscany – when they’re filming the hit US drama Da Vinci’s Demons. Welsh wizardry Shell cottage as seen in Harry Potter, Freshwater West, Pembrokeshire Shell Cottage, in which Harry and his companions shelter in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, was built on the edge of Freshwater West’s mile-long (1.6 km) beach, where Russell Crowe also came to film Robin Hood. Key scenes from the 2012 fairytale Snow White and the Huntsman, starring Kristen Stewart, were shot nearby on Marloes Sands, which also featured in the 1968 historical epic The Lion in Winter, starring Peter O’Toole and Katharine Hepburn. Dark forces Mali Harries in Hinterland, Ceredigion Our own Nordic-noir-style TV detective series is so good, we filmed it twice. The Welsh version, Y Gwyll, was broadcast on S4C in 2013 while the English Hinterland, which was shot simultaneously, goes out on BBC4 in 2014. The series location remains the same: the hauntingly beautiful landscape around Aberystwyth. Moat points Caerphilly Castle, South Wales Valleys Caerphilly Castle is the second largest castle in Britain, and in 1995 Hollywood big cheese Robert Downey Jr was here to film the tragi-comic romp Restoration. Another key location in the film was Tretower Court near Crickhowell which, in 2004, also welcomed Johnny Depp in The Libertine. Twin peaks Llynnau Cregennen, Snowdonia So spectacular are the mountains of Snowdonia, film-makers often use them to represent other exotic, far-flung locations: China in Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003) and The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (1958), Kazakhstan for the 1999 Bond movie The World Is Not Enough, and a rather convincing Khyber Pass in the 1968 comedy Carry On Up The Khyber. This article is featured in Wales View 2014, download a pdf version or request a free postal copy Enjoy this? Share it with friends Related items My places in Wales Respected broadcaster Huw Edwards recommends some of his favourite places in Wales to visit. Stargazing in Wales If you're handy with a telescope or a casual observer of the galaxy, Wales is great for stargazing. Unique buildings in Wales The tiniest house, the oldest inn, the oddest wall and other intriguing places to visit in Wales. Wales' must-ride trails From riverside rides to thrilling forest trails, Wales is a great place to bring your bike. Matthew Rhys' Wales The actor Matthew Rhys flits between Los Angeles and Cardiff, but he still thinks West is best... National park safety Please check the conditions before you go.