Doctor Who in Cardiff and South Wales
Published: Thursday 13th Feb 2014
Written by: The Wales Cottage Holidays Team
It’s hard to believe that the cult show Doctor Who is now in its sixth decade! Produced by BBC Wales, the TV series is made at the BBC’s Roath Lock studios in Cardiff Bay and also makes exciting use of many locations in and around Cardiff and South Wales, which are well worth a visit.
The Millennium Centre has appeared in many episodes, while Roald Dahl Plaza is an excellent place to refuel a Tardis using Rift Energy! See also the Welsh Government’s nearby Senedd building, which offers free tours. Cardiff Castle and the Millennium Stadium have both appeared in a number of episodes. In the city centre, the National Museum of Wales has featured several times, including as a stand-in for the Musee D’Orsay in Paris, while a few miles to the west, St Fagans National History Museum has also been used; admission to both is free. Dyffryn Gardens in the Vale of Glamorgan has starred as the gardens of Versailles, while interiors at Tredegar House near Newport have also stood in for Versailles. Other locations are Southerndown Beach on the Glamorgan Heritage Coast and the National Botanic Garden of Wales near Carmarthen. 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.