From an urban town in Greater London to the heart of the Brecon Beacons, the following is a list of our favourite five filming locations…
5. Cardiff Arms Park
Cardiff Arms Park has hosted international rugby matches for well over 100 years and is perhaps the most hallowed turf in the game. Steeped in history, the stands of this great stadium build an unparalleled big match atmosphere, inspiring the players and making for a memorable occasion.
IWRTV’s fourth show was filmed at this great stadium, and we were very privileged to film some of the Welsh and French greats here.
4. The Hayes, Cardiff
Possibly the most unexpected appearance in our top five, this commercial area in the Welsh capital certainly offers more than at first meets the eye.
The largely pedestrianised area boasts beautiful modern architecture such as the Central Library and St. David’s 2, but these mammoth buildings pay a deserved homage to the celebrated makeup of the capital’s Victorian arcades.
This busy area of the city was the scene of Cardiff Blue’s European shirt launch flash mob.
3. Maes yr Onn, Manmoel
Set high above the Gwent valleys, you may not have heard of Manmoel. If not, you’re missing a wonderfully endearing setting.
Looking north at the surrounding hill farm and abandoned quarries, this could be any other district of the Welsh countryside, but turn to the south-west and you are treated to a stunning panorama overlooking Gwent and Islwyn.
This view contends with even the most picturesque locations in Wales and is worthy of a place in our top three.
2. PHS Greenleaf, Staines
Drive through the suburbs of Staines in Middlesex and experience the heart of England’s green belt. Tumbling into the river Thames, this town is the home of PHS’ wholesale nursery.
On entering the facility, your senses are overwhelmed with colours and aromas you just don’t expect in what is virtually Greater London.
If you pick the right day, you may even be fortunate enough to encounter the resident fox or one of the other many urban inhabitants of this quaint little community.
1. Brecon Beacons
There’s something incredibly enchanting about the rugged beauty of the Brecon Beacons.
As you look through your view finder at the rough, beautiful terrain, you see a place of virtually unrivalled beauty – boasting both character and reams of history. It can be felt in every lake and waterfall and absorbed while walking though every mountain and valley.
The setting for our Brecon Carreg video in the Beacons is a worthy winner of our “Top 5 Favourite Filming Locations” blog.