Wales as other locations

Wales often doubles for other locations around the world, and sometimes even other planets.

  • Margam Park (link is external) is an 850-acre country park with its own 12th-century abbey and neo-Gothic mansion. It was also a slice of sun-dappled Renaissance Tuscany when they filmed the US drama Da Vinci’s Demons.
  • In the 2013 feature film How I Live Now the beautiful countryside around Carmarthenshire doubled as England’s rolling hills.   
  • In the 2011 feature film Killer Elite starring Jason Staham and Robert De Niro, Windsor Place (link is external) in Cardiff city centre doubled up as London in the 1980s.  
  • When Wembley Stadium was still under the final stages of construction in 2006 the film 28 Weeks Later used the Millennium Stadium (nowadays the Principality Stadium) in central Cardiff for the final scenes. 
  • Penbryn Beach (link is external) in Ceredigion serves as a stand-in for North Korea in the 20th Bond film, Die Another Day, directed by Lee Tamahori and starring Pierce Brosnan. 
  • Caerphilly Castle has filled in for London during the Great Fire in the feature film Restoration which starred Robert Downey Jr and Meg Ryan.  
  • Doctor Who has certainly made the most of the huge variety of locations in SE Wales that can fill in for other iconic buildings over the years, including: Dyffryn Gardens (link is external)- Palace of Versailles in 'The Girl Who Waited' / National Botanic Garden of Wales - Hydroponics Centre in 'The Waters of Mars' / National Museum of Wales - Musée D’Orsay in Paris in 'Vincent and the Doctor.'
  • The impressive buildings of Mount Stuart Square (link is external) in Cardiff Bay have often filled in for the streets of London in various episodes of Doctor Who and Sherlock
  • So spectacular are the mountains of Snowdonia (link is external), film-makers often use them to represent other exotic, far-flung locations: China - Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003) / China - The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (1958) / Kazakhstan - The World Is Not Enough (1999) / Khyber Pass - Carry On Up The Khyber (1968)
  • In the 2006 feature film Half Light which starred Demi Moore, the beaches of Anglesey (link is external)in north Wales, and Llanddwyn Island Lighthouse (link is external) stand in as a remote part of the Scottish coast.