Where was Broadchurch filmed?

Coastal

Posted by Courtney on 29th December 2021

West Bay Beach at sunrise

It captivated millions of people between 2013 and 2017 over three brilliant series and it wasn’t just the action and suspense which kept people glued to the TV - the beautiful UK scenery showcased in the series almost stole the show.

Follow in the footsteps of David Tennant (DI Alec Hardy) and Olivia Colman (DS Ellie Miller), and discover some of the Broadchurch filming locations in the South West.


Broadchurch filming locations in Dorset

West Bay

The main set of the show is, of course, West Bay, where the fictional town of Broadchurch is set. The dramatic backdrop of East Cliff features the most and it’s not difficult to see why. Beneath this towering cliff face on West Bay Beach is where Danny Latimer’s body was found in the very first episode of Broadchurch. 

It's a great starting point for a Dorset break, where you can sunbathe near the stunning sandstone cliffs or walk over them, along the South West Coast Path

West Bay was the setting for many locations in the series, including the police station and the newsagents. In the third series, the Watch House Cafe is where Beth first met Trish. It's the perfect place to stop for a delicious lunch after a morning exploring the coastline, where fresh Dorset seafood is the star of the menu.

The cast of BroadchurchPhoto credit: ITV Press Centre

 

The caravan park from the first series was filmed at Freshwater Beach Holiday Park, just along the coast from West Bay near Burton Bradstock. And just up the road from West Bay is Bridport’s Washingpool Farm, which was used as Flintcombe Farm Shop in the third series. Make a stop here to pick up some delicious local produce for dinner back at your holiday cottage.

Close to West Bay is Beaminster, where Hooke Woods was the setting for the bluebell woods, while Trish’s residence in the third series was filmed in West Bexington, in between West Bay and Weymouth. Visit the woods in spring to experience the stunning sight of the forest floor carpeted in bluebells for yourself - although it makes a lovely setting for a dog walk any time of the year. 

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Pebble Banks, West Bay

Sleeps 4 

Less than half a mile from the iconic cliffs of East Beach, this beautiful first-floor apartment has dazzling panoramic coastal views.


Charmouth

The stunning Charmouth beach also appears in the second series, in particular its beach huts. Although it plays a small part in the filming of Broadchurch, it’s a destination well worth a visit.

Considered the gateway to the Jurassic Coast, here a family holiday offers amusements, visitor attractions, and a timeless holiday activity – hunting for fossils! 

Fossils can be found washed out of the cliffs or loose on the beach and visitors come from all around the world in the hope of finding one for themselves. If you’re a novice fossil hunter, there are guided walks available.

Stay nearby: 

Big Oak View, Charmouth

Sleeps 10 

Just over half a mile from Charmouth beach, this cottage benefits from a shared swimming pool and leisure facilities within a gated complex.


Weymouth

A few miles down the coast, the popular seaside town of Weymouth also provided a number of filming locations for scenes at a car park near Alexandra Gardens, as a Broadchurch taxi rank and at Lazy Lizard nightclub as a Broadchurch nightclub.

Even if you're not into clubbing, Weymouth is a great location for a Dorset break. Its bustling seafront has a big, sandy beach which hosts a number of sporting events, including volleyball, handball and kite surfing. Its cafes and restaurants pride themselves on serving the freshest seafood, while kids will love exploring Weymouth Sealife Centre.

Stay nearby: 

Goldfinch at Lower Manor Farm

Sleeps 4 + 2 dogs 

This charming barn conversion is only 4 miles from the centre of Weymouth and is surrounded by countryside, making it a great location for a Dorset break.


Littlebredy

One of the most important locations in the third series was Axehampton House, the setting of the party that was so integral to the plot.

Bridehead House in Littlebredy was the setting for Axehampton House, with the lake and the waterfall connected to the River Bride, also in the village.

Unfortunately, the Grade II-listed Bridehead House is not open to the public except for the occasional tour, but the river is the perfect setting for a walk, passing through the 5 acres of gardens at Littlebredy Walled Gardens.

Stay nearby: 

Hardy's Cottage, Weymouth

Sleeps 6 + 2 dogs 

Only 4 miles from Littlebredy, this delightful cottage is on a working farm and is close to Dorchester, Dorset’s county town.

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Broadchurch filming locations in Devon

Exeter

While the picturesque Devon coast is not an iconic setting, the cultural city of Exeter is. The building which is used as ‘Wessex Police Headquarters’ is one of Exeter University’s Streatham Campus buildings.

Exeter is a great city to visit for a day trip or even longer. With its rich and long history, there are plenty of historic buildings to visit including the impressive cathedral. Have lunch on the cathedral green for the best views of this magnificent building and then explore the city's range of independent shops and cafes. 

Stay nearby:

Highfield, Topsham

Sleeps 6 + 1 dog

Only 6 miles from the Streatham Campus and 5 miles from Exeter city centre, this lovely bungalow is in a peaceful location in a sought-after town.

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Broadchurch filming locations in Somerset

Clevedon

While Dorset remains at the forefront of this crime-thriller, Somerset is the setting for several big scenes in both series. Several locations around Clevedon were used including Hill Road which became Broadchurch High Street, and Seeley’s Newsagent which was used as the Broadchurch Echo Newspaper Office. Yeo Moor Primary school was the setting for the school sports day where it first transpired that Danny Latimer was missing and Clevedon Community School featured as South Wessex Secondary School.

St Andrew’s Church is seen throughout all three series, as it is the location for the Broadchurch Parish Church where Reverend Paul Coates (Arthur Darvill) comforts the community throughout the horrific events.

St Andrew's Church

Other locations around Clevedon included: Clevedon Arcade, BBC Radio 5 Live, Alexandra News and the Latimer’s family home was also set here. Clevedon Pill and Wains Hill were also used; Clevedon Pill is a small inlet of water that meets the Severn Estuary.

A visit to Clevedon isn't complete without walking its Grade I-listed pier. The traditional seafront has a marine lake, ornamental gardens and a beautiful Victorian bandstand - all of which will delight visitors of all ages. If you're feeling hungry, choose from traditional fish and chips or the delicious fare in the stylish pier-side cafes and restaurants. Afterwards, head to the Curzon cinema - the oldest purpose-built cinema in the world. 

Stay nearby:

Mendip View, Clevedon

Sleeps 5 + 2 dogs

This picture-perfect cottage is 6 miles from Clevedon and is also in a great location for visiting Bristol and the stunning Somerset countryside.

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Self-catering stays in the South West

We have lots of holiday cottages in our collection throughout Dorset, Devon and Somerset. If you're feeling inspired by these sweeping landscapes, then indulge yourself in your own getaway to the unforgettable South West.

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