After the finale of season two of ITV drama "Broadchurch" and a third series confirmed, viewers may be chomping at the bit to catch some more "Broadchurch action". Thankfully, the filming locations in picturesque Dorset and Somerset offer just that.
A great way of reliving the excitement from series one and two of the hit TV drama is visiting where "Broadchurch" is set. Who could forget the dramatic coastline that inspired the programme in the first place? Written by Chris Chibnall, the same writer who brought episodes "Life on Mars", "Doctor Who" and "Doctor Who" spin-off "Torchwood" to life, the idea for "Broadchurch" was initially conceived in 2003 and was partly inspired by the Jurassic Coast of Dorset where he was living at the time.
The name "Broadchurch" is derived from the names of two Dorset towns Broadoak and Whitchurch, highlighting the importance of the programme’s setting. So why not see for yourself what made the series so dramatic by booking a Dorset holiday cottage and using this guide to explore the "Broadchurch" path.
The above path shows highlights of Dorset that were used as filming locations for the programme in both series.
- Charmouth Beach
- Eype – Briar Cliff top cottage where the exterior was used for the murder scene
- West Bay Beach
- The Folly, West Quay – Broadchurch Police Station
The Folly’s, or Broadchurch Police Station as it may be better known to viewers, interesting exterior was the work of local Dorset-based architects Western Design Architects. See their website for more of their unique projects.
- Jurassic Pier and Harbour
- Ellipse Café – Broadchurch Café
- East Pier
- Victoria Grove, Bridport – DS Ellie Miller's Residence
- Lazy Lizard nightclub, Weymouth – Broadchurch Nightclub
Dorset tourism site Visit Dorset has provided a whole host of information for visiting "Broadchurch" fans, with their own dedicated "Broadchurch" page. From the chance to win series 1 & 2 on DVD to quotes from cast members on their stunning film set, there’s plenty of information to get your teeth stuck into. The website itself has everything from things to do in the surrounding area to special offers and an events guide, so they really are your one stop shop for visiting Dorset.
Nick Thornley, on behalf of the Visit Dorset Tourism Partnership, said “Broadchurch represents a unique opportunity for Dorset’s fantastic Jurassic coastline to gain national and international media coverage and once again the series is generating a large amount of interest in the area.”
For even more things to do in Dorset see this previous article on attractions that will make you never want to leave!
If Dorset is a bit too far afield, the hit series also made use of Somerset to film a whole host of its scenes including David Tennant’s stay at ‘The Traders Hotel’. An English country cottage break nearby offers the perfect opportunity to explore this interesting area closer where you are bound to recognise a few of the shots.
- Co-op store, Portishead
- The old Lloyds bank – Exterior The Traders Hotel
- Alexandra News, Alexandra Road – Interior Broadchurch Newsagent
- Hill Road, Clevedon – Broadchurch High Street
- Yeo Moor Primary School, Clevedon – School Sports Day
- Marine Lake, Clevedon – The boat burning scene, Series 1
- Poets Walk, Clevedon
- St Andrew's Church – Broadchurch Parish Church of St Bede
- St Andrew's Drive – Miller house
- Lavington Close – Latimer house
Other filming locations from the series that you may recognise are the iconic Willow Man on the edge of the M5 Motorway near Junction 23 and Exeter University which played its role as Wessex Crown Court and Wessex Police Headquarters.