The small village of Caerwent is located in Monmouthshire, just over 5 miles west of Chepstow. The Roman village, which is easily accessible from the A48 contains one working village pub and a few small stores.
During World War II, a Royal Navy Propellant Factory was built and later used as a storage facility for the Air Force. More recently however, it became a filming location for big Hollywood production, Captain America: The First Avenger.
Caerwent, Caldicot, Monmouthshire, NP26 5AU
Located on the border of Wales, the town of Chepstow offers a variety of activities from exploring the historic castle to high street shopping and dining experiences.
Chepstow is also home to Chepstow Castle, considered a highlight of the lower Wye Valley and was one of the first castles built on the Welsh border; the construction of it began in 1067. The castle is sited at what would have been a very strong strategic position above the limestone cliffs of the River Wye.
Chepstow has provided many film and TV productions with a unique back drop including popular BBC series Doctor Who, Greek mythology inspired series Atlantis and film Arthurs Dyke.
English author and creator of the Harry Potter series, J.K Rowling grew up in the small village of Tutshill, located on the edge of Chepstow. J.K Rowling took inspiration from her childhood in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley which can be recognised in many of the Harry Potter books and films. It was also recently announced that Harry Potter’s ancestors lived in a small parish in Gloucestershire.
Chepstow Castle, 1 Bridge Street, Chepstow, Monmouthshire, NP16 5EY
The Doward and Biblins
Between Biblins and Monmouth, on the pathway along the riverside, is undulating ground within the trees, behind which looms a massive wall of carboniferous limestone rock. The Biblins is a series of fields around the bend in the River Wye just south of Symond’s Yat on the way south towards Monmouth.
This setting is used in King Arthur for a council scene. Hart’s-tongue fern prettifies the slightly stark scene.
The Doward and Biblins, Whitchurch, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire HR9 6DX
Work began on the construction of Goodrich Castle within seventy years of the Norman Conquest. Goodrich Castle has its own tragic love story, with a ghostly twist, to tell.
BBC series Merlin showcases the striking sandstone structure of the Wye Valley’s Goodrich Castle, situated on high ground from where it looms down on the River Wye.
Goodrich Castle, Castle Lane, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, HR9 6HY
Where the River Monnow meets the River Wye, the town of Monmouth is located. Birthplace of King Henry V, the market town is a vibrant shopping and service centre to those visiting the heart of the Wye Valley.
The Shire Hall where the tourist information and visitor centre is situated provided a back drop in a Doctor Who episode, produced by the BBC.
Monmouth, NP25 5ER
Rugged and ragged, Raglan Castle was originally built more for display than for defence. It’s understood that Raglan Castle began as a 14th century defensive manor house, and destiny saw it make a stand as the last Royalist stronghold during the English Civil War. Raglan’s tragedy is that the castle’s library was destroyed during the Civil War. In that moment, a dazzling collection of Welsh Bardic manuscripts were forever lost as were the records of Tintern Abbey.
With its high bridge over a moat, Raglan Castle is just about perfect as a fantasy setting. In the world of popular BBC series, Merlin, the castle is a key location for a place of magic as the Isle of the Blessed: it is the place where the witches of the Old Religion are to be found.
Raglan Castle, Raglan, Usk, Monmouthshire NP15 2BT
Skenfrith is a Welsh village located on the River Monnow, 6 miles from the border of Wales and England.
Famous for its three castles, the village welcomed the cast and crew of BBC series Doctor Who to film in the location.
Skenfrith, near Abergavenny, Monmouthshire NP7 8UH
The NDAC Centre
The National Diving Activity Centre based near Chepstow is a centre that boasts diving, climbing, zip-wiring and other sports activities.
Children’s programme produced by CBBC, The Dare Devil was filmed at The NDAC Centre.