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5 Famous Film Locations in Wales

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by Marianne Voyle (subscribe)
Published August 8th 2012

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (2010)
Freshwater West Beach, Pembrokeshire
In the words of Dobby the elf; "Such a beautiful place to be with friends." In the seventh film, Harry Potter digs Dobby's final resting place in the beautiful Freshwater West beach. Sniff. This surfing hotspot was also used during the filming of Robin Hood (2010) with Gerard Butler. The area holds a number of events and festivals suitable for families, all of which can be found on the 'Visit Pembrokeshire' website.

Harry Potter Wales
Harry Potter Set in Pembrokeshire - Wikipedia

Made in Dagenham (2010)
Hoover, Merthyr Tydfil
A film based on the women's liberation protests at Ford's Dagenham factory in 1968. The recently closed Hoover factory in Merthyr was used for a number of scenes with Sally Hawkins and Jaime Winstone. Look out for them cycling around its exterior. From here, you can visit composer Joseph Parry's cottage, and Cyfarthfa Castle museum which documents the industrial iron age. It also features the work of Welsh designers Laura Ashley and Julien Macdonald.

The Edge of Love (2008)
Gwili Railway, Carmarthenshire
The Edge of Love starring Keira Knightley, Sienna Miller and Cillian Murphy, is based on the life of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas. It was filmed at a number of different locations in Wales, one of which was the Gwili Railway. All of the railway scenes were filmed in this location. The Gwili Railway offers dining experiences and various themed nights, which include a Fawlty Towers experience and 1940s evenings.

Train times and fares all on the website.

Gwili Steam Railway
Gwili Steam Railway - Wikipedia

28 Weeks Later (2007)
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Your classic tale of zombies biting people with loads of running in terror. The Millennium Stadium was apparently used in some scenes in 28 Weeks Later as a replacement for Wembley Stadium. The Millennium Stadium provides tours, but if you don't fancy that I'm sure you'll find plenty to do in Wales' capital city.

Submarine (2010)
Pontsticill Reservoir, Brecon Beacons
A comedy about a Welsh boy, played by a Welsh boy, written by a Welsh boy, set in Wales. The breathtaking Brecon Beacons National Park can be used for sailing, bird watching and even swimming (though I wouldn't recommend it). After all that swimming in freezing water, make your way over to Brecon town centre and visit the cosy coffee and book shop The Hours for some cake and a chat with the friendly staff. Great book recommendations guaranteed.

Pontsticill Reservoir
Pontsticill Reservoir - Wikipedia

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Why? For film lovers wanting to explore scenic Wales
When: Anytime
Where: Wales
Cost: Free to visit
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