Wales Holidays Doctor Who fans in Cardiff
Published: Thursday 14th Nov 2013
Written by: The Wales Cottage Holidays Team
Doctor Who aficionados may know that the 50 year old TV series is produced by BBC Wales and is made at the BBC’s Roath Lock studios in Cardiff Bay.
While staying in a Wales Holidays cottage in South Wales, you may also notice many of the exciting locations used in and around Cardiff that are well worth a visit!
The Millennium Centre, home to internationally renowned Welsh National Opera, has appeared in many episodes and, outside, Roald Dahl Plaza is an excellent place to refuel a Tardis using Rift Energy! While you’re here, also pay a visit to the Welsh Government’s nearby Senedd building, which offers free tours.
In the city centre, the National Museum of Wales displays a fantastic collection of art, archaeological, zoological and geological finds and admission is free. The building has featured in several episodes, including as a stand-in for the Musee D’Orsay in Paris.
A few miles west of the city, St Fagans National History Museum has also been used and the buildings here range from Iron Age homes to a miners’ welfare building; again, admission is free. Cardiff Castle and the Millennium Stadium, Welsh rugby’s spiritual home, have both appeared in a number of episodes.
Dyffryn Gardens in the Vale of Glamorgan has featured many times, even starring as the gardens of Versailles, while interiors at Tredegar House near Newport have also stood in for Versailles. Southerndown Beach on the Glamorgan Heritage Coast and the National Botanic Garden of Wales near Carmarthen have also been used.
While in Cardiff, Wales Holidays Doctor Who fans will find that the specially built Doctor Who Experience in the Bay is now an important part of the visitor trail, with interactive features, exclusive filming and, of course, a replica of the Tardis.
Wales Holidays has excellent cottages and farmhouses to let around Cardiff and Swansea and in all areas of Wales.