North Wales is lucky to have a varied landscape of mountains, coast, forest and rolling countryside. This makes it the perfect place for a number of films and TV shows, such as the untouched scenery of Snowdonia in historical fantasies. If you want to buy one of our caravans for sale, North Wales is the ideal place for having a holiday home, and you can visit some of the gorgeous locations seen on the big screen.
Snowdonia National Park
Snowdonia National Park has an epic feeling to its landscape, making it a stunning backdrop for many films. Dinorwic Quarry has seen many blockbuster films set up camp, from the Legend of Tarzan (2016), Clash of the Titans (2010), and Willow (1988). The former slate quarry near Llanberis was once the second largest slate quarry in Wales, covering 700 acres, and its tumbling rocks make for a dramatic backdrop in fantasy movies.
Elsewhere in Snowdonia, the area around Llyn Ogwen was a location used in the Guy Ritchie film King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017), fitting that the movie was filmed in Snowdonia which has many connections to the legendary king. The new interpretation of King Arthur was also filmed at Nant Gwynant, Vivian Quarry and Capel Curig in Conwy.
Other films to be shot in Snowdonia include Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003) at Llyn Gwynant and James Bond films The World is Not Enough (2003) and From Russia with Love (1963).
On Anglesey, Newborough Forest is one of the most important red squirrel conservation sites in the UK and is a major tourist attraction for North Wales. The pine forest has an other-worldly feel to it, making it a great place to film parts of Clash of the Titans, the action-adventure fantasy remake of the 1981 classic and based on the Greek myth of Perseus.
Going back a few years to 1986 to the mystical fantasy Highlander, the Sychnant Pass near Conwy was used for the epic battle scenes at the end of the film. The sweeping panoramas you can enjoy from the pass are perfect for the epic film, and you can follow in the footsteps of the film’s cast and crew as there are many walking routes in the area.
The village of Portmeirion, south-east of Porthmadog is a tourist spot, designed in the style of an Italian village and has been used as a filming location for several films and tv shows, most notably in the cult TV show The Prisoner (1966-1967). The surreal spy drama was the setting for ‘The Village’ in the show and Portmeirion continues to receive visitors who are fans of the show as the village has remained virtually unchanged in 40 years. There is also a fan convention, and The Prisoner themed souvenirs.
Other TV shows filmed in Portmeirion include Doctor Who, Cold Feet, music programme The Tube in the late 80s, and has also been used for music videos by several bands including Primal Scream, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Altered Images and Iron Maiden.
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