Filming and Photography

  • The TARDIS at Caerphilly Castle

    The TARDIS at Caerphilly Castle

  • The Doctor Who crew filming in Caerphilly Castle's inner ward

    The Doctor Who crew filming in Caerphilly Castle's inner ward

  • The Y Llys crew filming in Tretower Court and Castle

    The Y Llys crew filming in Tretower Court and Castle

It is no surprise that sites in our care are popular locations for filming and photography, and have been used in the past in a huge variety of productions, including feature films, dramas and popular TV programmes. Stars including Johnny Depp, Robert Downey Jnr, Jeremy Irons, Tom Hiddleston, Julie Walters and Meg Ryan have all filmed at our sites, as well as Dr Who of course who has been known to land from time to time!

If you’re interested in filming or photography at our sites please read on to find out about our requirements.

Please note that filming or photography which contains nudity is not permitted at any of our sites.

Cadw retains the right to reject applications for photography/filming it deems inappropriate.

Alternatively, visit our Wedding Photography page for more information.  

Non-commercial filming and photography
If you are an individual who wants to film or take photos at our sites for your own, personal use then go ahead! Enjoy the views! The only charges you will incur is the admission fee, and please share your images with us on social media so we can admire your work! Make sure you like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Current affairs and news
If you would like to film a current affairs or news programme at a Cadw site please contact Cadw’s Marketing and PR team by e-mailing cadwmarketing@wales.gsi.gov.uk to arrange.

We also ask you to complete our online form, and provide us with a copy of your Public Liability Insurance and agree to our Location Agreement.

Although we understand it may not always be possible, we’d appreciate it if you could endeavour to give us at least 3 days notice so we can make arrangements with our custodians.

Please note that some of the sites are closed over the winter, and it will not always be possible to carry out filming or photography during this time. Visit our days out pages for the sites’ opening hours.

Commercial filming and photography
If you’re interested in filming or taking photos at Cadw sites for commercial purposes please complete this application form, and a member of our commercial team will get back to you. Please note that your form must be submitted at least 15 days before the first day of filming, to give us time to consider and discuss the arrangements with you.

Charges will apply for commercial filming and photography, and costs can be discussed further once the application has been received and considered.

Visit our site specific pages for information including parking arrangements, on-site facilities and access. Please note that if the filming is agreed you will be expected to provide a copy of your Public Liability Insurance, a risk assessment and a signed copy of our Location Agreement.

Educational filming and photography
If you are a student who would like to film or take photos at our sites as part of your course if it’s a small-scale production with four or less people involved which takes place during normal opening hours and does not require any special arrangements, please contact the custodian at the site to let them know. Only admission charges will apply, and we do not need you to complete any further forms. Please note that in a small-scale production only small, hand held, battery powered equipment (without any trailing cables) and small tripods can be used, the site cannot be dressed and the production must not  impact on regular visitors to the sites.

For a larger-scale student productions involving a crew of five or more, please fill in an application form. We will consider each application, and if no special arrangements are required we will endeavour to waive any fees other than admission charges. You will also need to provide us with a risk assessment and a copy of your school, college or university’s Public Liability Insurance. Finally, your school, college or university will need to sign our Location Agreement.

If you’re looking to book a free of charge education visit, please visit our Education section to fill in the education booking form. As long as you adhere to the school or learning provider’s internal policies on filming and photography, you are welcome to take photos or film footage to document the day, and do not need to complete any forms for permission!

Please note that some of the sites are closed over the winter, and it will not be possible to carry out filming or photography during this time. Visit our days out pages for the sites’ opening hours.