Our Visit to Broachurch Filming Locations

Is there anything better than binge watching a really good TV show? My boyfriend and I love watching TV shows together, and have all the big streaming services. We started a big list of programmes and series that we wanted to share with each other a while ago, and have slowly been working through it. The list is made up of TV series that we had perhaps seen before we were together, that the other hadn't ever watched, or things neither of us have seen.

Our Visit to Broachurch Filming Locations

Broadchurch was the top of my list to share with him, as it was one of my favourites at the time. It was originally aired between 2013-2017, so I hadn't seen series 1 for a while and was ready to start the ride all over again. For anyone who hasn't seen it, the story focuses (in season 1 at least) on the discovery of a young boy's body on an idyllic Dorset beach, which rocks a small community to the core.

A lot of the scenes were filmed at the base of a stunning cliff, which is the focal point for a lot of the action. We often commented how beautiful it looked there, and wondered where it was actually filmed in Dorset. After a quick Google, we discovered that a lot of it is filmed at West Bay, Bridport, in Dorset, which happened to only be an hour away from us.

We had a Monday off together, and decided to make it our mission to find West Bay and see how many of the famous filming locations we could find! Because why not take your current binge watching obsession that one step further?



Our Visit to Broachurch Filming Locations


Some of the locations we found:


Our Visit to Broachurch Filming Locations

A lot of the promo shots were taken in this exact spot. With the famous cliffs as a beautiful backdrop, David Tennant and Olivia Colman have stood in this very spot! My boyfriend doing his best David Tennant impression!

Our Visit to Broachurch Filming Locations

The Police Station


Our Visit to Broachurch Filming Locations

A lot of Broadchurch scenes are based in the police station, which is a very distinctive building.  The building that they used is actually not a police station in real life! In fact, it is a block of luxury apartments and penthouses. Thanks to the magic of television and the use of a Police Station sign on the front, it was transformed in the one of the main focal points of series one.

Our Visit to Broachurch Filming Locations
The Police Station in Broadchurch

The Newsagents


Our Visit to Broachurch Filming Locations

This one looks a little different than it did when it appeared in series one, but there is no denying that it is the same place! An interesting fact that we learnt when researching filming locations was that the inside of the newsagents was actually some 70 miles away from the outside!

Our Visit to Broachurch Filming Locations
David Tennant at the Newsagents


Danny's Memorial
 

Our Visit to Broachurch Filming Locations

At the base of the cliffs was where Danny's memorial could be found during the series. The signs have changed a little, thanks to recent cliff collapses, but it is clear that it's the same spot!

Our Visit to Broachurch Filming Locations
Some of the cast at Dannys memorial


The Famous Cliffs


Our Visit to Broachurch Filming Locations


Our Visit to Broachurch Filming Locations

The Broadchurch Titles

Our Visit to Broachurch Filming Locations





We found out after our visit that these cliffs are actually notoriously dangerous and prone to collapse and rock falls. That didn't seem to stop everyone climbing up the cliffs and being sat directly under them though! 

In the next bay over there is a little hut which played a huge part in the story line. We didn't make it to visit it up close, but did capture this picture of it in the distance!

Our Visit to Broachurch Filming Locations

DI Hardy's House


The blue cabin that DI Hardy lived in in series 2 can be seen here. This is just someones house now, so we couldn't get much closer than this!

David Tennant as DI Hardy at the house

There are also a few other locations near by, and we are excited to go back again and see the rest of them! Bridport/West Bay is absolutely beautiful, and we were lucky to visit on a lovely, sunny day. I hope the weather is as good the next time we visit!

Whats your favourite TV show to binge watch? Have you ever visited a film set?

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