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Must-Visit Filming Locations in Cardiff

"Gavin and Stacey" fans, rejoice! Here are the top filming locations in the Welsh capital.

Hi, I'm Mandy!

Mandy Hegarty is a writer who specializes in food and travel. Currently based in Dublin, Ireland, she’s previously lived in New York, London, and Montreal. She has written for the likes of Time Out New York, Air Canada, and Singapore Airlines.

The streets of Cardiff, together with the neighboring valleys and castle-dotted coast, have served as filming locations for countless productions, from movies to small-screen favorites. See below to find out which parts of the Welsh capital and the surrounding countryside have featured on our screens.


  • Listen to tour guides reveal behind-the-scenes tales about BBC’s hit series Doctor Who, and see key locations such as the Principality Stadium in Cardiff and Llandaff—which doubled as Leadworth (home to Amy Pond)—during Doctor Who–themed city tours.

  • Follow in the footsteps of the alien hunters of Torchwood, a popular Doctor Who sci-fi spin-off that was filmed in Cardiff.

  • Visit the National Museum of Wales and Cardiff Castle, both of which featured in the Sherlock series—one of the most-watched TV shows in the United Kingdom, starring Benedict Cumberbatch.

  • Take a bus tour around Barry Island, checking out sights associated with the James Corden cult comedy series, Gavin and Stacey. Tours take place aboard the original Dave’s coach, which was used in the show.

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