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For Doctor Who or Torchwood fans wishing to do a tour you have the option of taking a fully guided Doctor Who Cardiff Bus Tour or you can choose to do your own DIY tour. This list of locations will hopefully be useful to visitors though it is very much a work in progress and by no means exhaustive. Sadly the small but perfectly formed Dr Who exhibition at the Red dragon Centre in Mermaid Quay closed it's doors for the last time.But on the big plus side the new and purpose-built Doctor Who Experience has opened its doors by Mermaid Quay to great acclaim and a visit by Prince Charles and his good lady wife.
Dr Who: Llancaiach Fawr Manor, a popular visitor attraction, appears in The Vampires of Venice and is a great place to visit and take the thoroughly entertaining guided tour. Twenty minutes drive north of Cardiff:
Dr Who: Neath Abbey appears in The Beast Below and is approx half hour drive west of Cardiff:
Dr Who: Victoria Park, Canton and it's bandstand appears in numerous episodes, most recently The Lodger:
Dr Who: Caerphilly Castle appears in a number of episodes including End of Time and Vampires of Venice. Caerphilly is just twenty minutes from Cardiff by car or train and the castle is a highly rated visitor attraction:
Dr Who: Llandaff aka the village of Leadworth in the series, is used frequently in the series with the Cathedral Green taking centre stage in the Matt Smith opener The Eleventh Hour. Llandaff is a short drive and on the outskirts of Cardiff. It is famously the birth place of Roald Dahl and the inspiration for a number of his stories.
Dr Who: National Botanical Gardens of Wales, Carmarthenshire features heavily in the Waters of Mars episode, as most of the filming took place in their great glasshouse:
Torchwood: Ianto's Door 'public' entrance to Torchwood's Hub (Ianto's Tourist information office) can be found on the boardwalk at Mermaid Quay, Cardiff Bay, where the pleasure boats land, directly below the statues of a couple and their dog. Since July 2009 it has become something of an impromptu shrine to some of the characters of Torchwood for reasons that you will understand if you keep up with the series.Dr who: St Fagans Museum of Welsh life , just outside Cardiff - Family of Blood (scarecrows) and Human Nature:
Dr Who: Roald Dahl Plass, Cardiff Bay - Location of the rift and also the Torchwood Hub - appears in many episodes and the opening title sequence of Torchwood:
Dr Who and Torchwood: Pearl of the Orient Chinese Restaurant, Roald Dahl Plass, Mermaid Quay - a very popular restaurant with window views across to the Torchwood water tower and a number of filming locations of Torchwood and Dr Who. The inside of the restaurant makes an appearance in Torchwood:
Dr Who and Torchwood: Wales Millennium Centre, Mermaid Quay, Cardiff Bay - numerous appearances inc New Earth:
Dr Who: The Bosphorous Turkish Restaurant, Mermaid Quay, Cardiff Bay - restaurant where Jack, Rose, Mickey and the Doctor had lunch and tall tales in Boom Town:
Dr Who: Astradius Building, Cardiff Bay - Runaway Bride:
Dr Who and Torchwood: Ba Orient Restaurant,/Pearl of the Orient Mermaid Quay, Cardiff Bay - New Earth and Cyberwoman,and Torchwood's Out of Time
Red Dragon Centre and the Doctor Who Up Exhibition, Cardiff Bay:
Dr Who: The Senedd Welsh Assembly, Mermaid Quay, Cardiff Bay – appears in numerous episodes, most memorably The Lazarus Experiment
Dr Who & Torchwood: Norwegian church, Cardiff Bay – appears in numerous background shots inc The Last Man
Dr Who: The New Theatre (next to the Park Plaza ) was used for interior shots in episode Unquiet Dead.
Dr Who: Temple of Peace, Cathays Park – and area frequently used, inc Rose and the Doctor
Dr Who: The Hayes Island area and adjacent Cardiff Market – appears in many episodes, including the one where the shop dummies come to life.
Dr Who and Torchwood: Tredegar House in Newport - used in many shots in Dr Who including the inside of 10 Downing Street in the 'Invasion' and Girl in the Fireplace (funeral procession) Part of the 2008 Christmas Special was filmed here in April and David Tennant was in it!!!!! Also appears in Torchwood. A good place for a day out:
Dr Who: Craig Y Nos Castle Hotel was used in Tooth and Claw - external scenes:
Dr Who & Torchwood: Worm’s Head, Rhossili, Gower coastline, South Wales – an hour drive west of Cardiff:
Dr Who: Mount Stuart Square , Butetown, Cardiff Bay – Cyberman/Dalek battle filmed in this area, with the Coal Exchange and Baltic House also featured in scenes:
Dr Who: Monmouth – east of Cardiff Location in the Unquiet Dead
Dr Who: Alexandra Gardens, Cathays Park, Cardiff - Last of the Time Lords:
Torchwood: Cardiff Castle, takes centre stage in Torchwood, the episode where Gwen watches the attempted destruction of Cardiff from the Castle Keep:
Dr Who: Bute Park next to Cardiff Castle - Daleks in Manhattan, Evolution of the Daleks:
Dr Who: Cardiff National Museum - used extensively in The Lazarus Experiment and stood in for Musee D'Orsay in Paris in recent episode Vincent and the Doctor - free entry:
Torchwood: Cardiff Indoor Market, Lively Victorian market appears when the guy with rose petals runs through in episode Small Worlds:
Dr Who: Morgan Jones Park, by Caerphilly Castle, Dr Who series four:
Dr Who & Torchwood: Caerphilly Miners Hospital, Caerphilly, Dr Who episodes - Blink, Reset, Torchwood - From out of the Rain :
Torchwood: St Davids Hotel, Cardiff Bay, Owens Apartment in numerous episodes:
Dr Who: Plantasia Botanic Gardens, Swansea - The Doctor's Daughter:
Dr Who: St Paul's Church, Paget Street, Grangetown - Father's Day
other torchwood locations and a map: http://torchwood.time-and-space.co.uk...
'Friary', the lane running down between the Hilton Hotel and Ha Ha's from Greyfriars road to Queen Street has been used as several 'city centre' shots on both Dr Who and Torchwood.
Welsh Press Article April 2008 - Cardiff Experiences Dr Who Tourism Bonanza:
Visitcardiff.com Cardiff the home of Dr Who
and finally there is a fantastic website that details the filming locations, with information being updated on an almost daily basis, and a handy map which helps you find your way around from one location to the next in Cardiff:
NB If anyone spots an error please make a note in the comments.