Lights, camera, action: Welsh film & TV locations

Discover the many corners of Wales that on-screen lovers, monsters, aliens, vampires, elves and warring knights have made famous.

  • The first two series of BBC3’s Being Human are set in Bristol, but in the third series, the four protagonists move to a former B&B called Honolulu Heights on Coast View Road in Barry Island. In reality, this is an ordinary house on the corner of Cannon Street. The Maerdy Hotel in Pencoed stands in for the Barry Grand Hotel, where Hal and Tom get jobs in the fifth series.

  • Dinorwic Slate Quarry

    Former Dinorwic Slate Quarry, Snowdonia

    In this fantasy adventure based on the Perseus myth, the Harriet Hole in Dinorwic Slate Quarry was used to film parts of 'Clash of the Titans', the location also featured in the second instalment 'Wrath of the Titans' filming the volcano sequences. This former slate quarry, the second largest in Wales, also appeared in Willow (1988) and Street Fighter (1994). It’s home to the National Slate Museum.

  • Penbryn Beach in Ceredigion serves as a stand-in for North Korea in the 20th Bond film, directed by Lee Tamahori and starring Pierce Brosnan. The celebrities may have long since moved on but this beautiful beach, owned by the National Trust, is still a great spot for the other kind of stargazing – it’s almost completely unspoilt by light pollution.

  • The TARDIS on set

    Tardis on jetty, Cardiff Bay

    Doctor Who, which is filmed all over Wales, has its home base at Roath Lock in Cardiff Bay, a 16,000 square metre purpose-built BBC site where Casualty and Pobol y Cwm are also created. 

  • New Quay, Ceredigion
    New Quay, Ceredigion

    Keira Knightley, Sienna Miller and Matthew Rhys star in this film set in London and Wales and based loosely on events in the life of the poet Dylan Thomas. Key scenes were filmed in the charming seaside town of New Quay during 2007. The unit also spent time in Cardigan, Tenby, Laugharne, Betws-y-Coed, Swansea and Cardiff, and stayed at Ty Mawr Mansion in Cilcennin, Lampeter.

  • Barry Island Cafe

    Whitmore Bay & Promenade, Barry Island, Glamorgan

    This much-loved BBC comedy drama put Barry so firmly on the map that local guides offer amusing coach tours of many of the locations featured in the series. Essential stops include Trinity Street where Stacey and her family live, Marco’s Café where Stacey gets a job and St Peter’s Church in Peterston-Super-Ely, where Nessa and Dave nearly get married.

  • Freshwater West Beach, Pembrokeshire

    Freshwater West, Pembrokeshire

    The design team for the seventh instalmant of the Harry Potter saga recreated Shell Cottage, Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour’s Cornish home, in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. Complete with three-storey attic, shell-tiled roof and crooked chimneys, it was built on the sandy dunes behind Freshwater West beach in April 2009 and deconstructed after filming.

  • Caerphilly Castle, Caerphilly

    Caerphilly Castle, South Wales Valleys

    While Chateau de Pierrefonds in France was chosen to represent Camelot in this BBC medieval fantasy inspired by the legends of King Arthur, other interior and exterior sequences were filmed in beautiful locations all over Wales including Cosmeston Medieval Village, the Brecon Beacons National Park, Castell Coch  and Caerphilly, Chepstow and Raglan castles.

  • In June 2009, another crew set up on Freshwater West – this time, to film an epic battle sequence for Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood, in which horsemen with pennants gallop along the water’s edge. Russell Crowe loved it here so much that instead of being helicoptered back to his London hotel after filming, he opted to camp on the sand for several nights.

  • Cardiff Bay plays a starring role in this BBC series. The Hub, Torchwood’s secret headquarters, is located underground in Roald Dahl Plass, beneath William Pye’s stainless steel Water Tower sculpture. The Wales Millennium Centre often appears as a backdrop. In Torchwood: Miracle Day, Gwen Cooper lives at The Old Rectory on Rhossili Bay, a cottage owned by the National Trust.