Top 10 films and TV series with Wales filming locations

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Wales has long been one of the UK’s most popular filming locations, from Hollywood blockbusters to television series.

The Harry Potter cast have wandered the sands in Pembrokeshire and the Tardis has found itself in Cardiff more than once.

Some of Wales’ more dramatic landscapes, such as Snowdonia, have been used to portray exotic locations including China and Kazakhstan.

We’ve listed our top 10 films and TV series with filming locations in Wales to help you plan your visit.

1. The Dark Knight Rises, Brecon Beacons

Henrhyd Falls waterfall in the Brecon Beacons in Wales

Who would have thought that the Bat Cave in The Dark Knight Rises was in Wales? Fans can visit Henrhyd Falls in the Brecon Beacons National Park, which was used as the cover for the Batcave in the blockbuster starring Christian Bale.

2. Tomb Raider: Lara Croft and the Cradle of Life, Snowdonia

Pen y Pass in Snowdonia National Park, Wales

Wales played a starring role in this epic sequel. Main filming locations included Pen Y Pass, Ffynnon Llugwy and the Alexandra Slate Quarry near Carmel, where a 100ft drop down a cliff was filmed. A motorbike race was filmed at Pen Y Pass, which posed as the Great Wall of China (with a little help from CGI).

3. The World Is Not Enough, Snowdonia

Snowdonia National Park, wales

The limelight was on Snowdonia National Park (and Pierce Brosnan) for this 1999 Bond film. Snowdonia’s majestic landscape was used to represent Kazakhstan in the film.

Bond fans should also check out these James Bond filming locations across the UK.

4. Doctor Who, Cardiff

Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay, Wales

Wales welcomed David Tennant and Billie Piper for various episodes of Doctor Who, including New Earth and The Sound of the Drums, which were filmed partly at Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff. Other episodes were filmed at the otherworldly Southerndown Beach.

5. Torchwood, Cardiff

Cardiff Bay in Cardiff, Wales

This sci-fi series was entirely based in Cardiff. The makers of the series emphasised the city’s urban qualities and used various locations. The team’s headquarters in the first two series was beneath Roald Dahl Plas in Cardiff Bay. Other locations include Canal Park, Merthyr Road in Whitchurch and the Waterguard Pub.

6. Gavin and Stacey, South Wales

Barry in the Vale of Glamorgan, South Wales

Much of the filming for popular series Gavin and Stacey took place in Barry, Vale of Glamorgan. There are many locations to visit including The Colcot Arms (home of Smithy’s quiz night), Island Leisure Amusement Arcade (where Nessa works) and Whitmore Bay (Barry Island beach).

7. Stella, South Wales

Ferndale in the Rhondda Welsh Valleys, Wales

Comedy/drama series Stella is mainly filmed in Ferndale, Rhondda. Elm Street is the road on which Stella lives.

8. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 and 2, Pembrokeshire

Freshwater West beach in Pembrokeshire, Wales

Freshwater West in Pembrokeshire played a huge role in both of these Harry Potter films. In Part 1, Harry, Ron and Hermione escape to the beach from Malfoy Manor to Shell Cottage. This was actually built on the northern end of the beach, but has since been taken down. Freshwater West appears again in Part 2.

9. Robin Hood, Pembrokeshire

Freshwater west Beach in pembrokeshire, Wales

Freshwater West appeared again in the 2010 adaptation of Robin Hood, starring Russell Crowe. The beach was used to depict the French invasion of southern England.

10. Snow White and the Huntsman, Pembrokeshire

Marloes Sands in Pembrokeshire, Wales

Marloes Sands in Pembrokeshire was used in Snow White and the Huntsman, starring Kristen Stewart. Scenes filmed at the beach include Kristen and 80 others riding on horseback through the water.

Discover the Wales from the movies

See the places you've fallen in love with on the screen in the flesh with a stay in one of our holiday cottages in Wales. If you're looking to discover the filming locations for a specific film or TV show, check out the destinations below.

Posted by Hannah on 7th May 2018