With the third and final series of the incredibly popular ITV drama Broadchurch well underway, we thought it was high time we showcased some of the series’ famous filming locations on the South Dorset Coast.
Season three sees much of the original cast returning to reprise their roles, joined by National Television Award winner Julie Hesmondhalgh and BAFTA winners Lenny Henry and Georgina Campbell. This season’s plot focusses on a dramatic new crime, rocking the fictional seaside town of Broadchurch – with a number of iconic scenes filmed around the towns of Bridport and West Bay on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast.
Setting the scene
Alongside the stellar cast, Dorset’s spectacular coastline plays a pivotal role in the series – with the region’s dramatic landscape and charming towns providing an atmospheric setting for the whodunnit crime drama.
Producer Dan Winch discussed some of the iconic locations featured throughout the series, highlighting that “Broadchurch has become a significant part of West Bay’s attractions – along with the beautiful cliffs, beach and harbour. It was fantastic to be received by the residents and business owners of West Bay, and indeed the visiting tourists, with such warm support.
“In a new addition to the physical perspectives of Broadchurch, we worked with a drone camera this series. We managed to fly our drone up and down the coast and achieve some amazing images of the iconic cliffs, the bay and the rolling Dorset Hills.”
To celebrate the show’s impending grand finale, we’ve rounded up some of the series’ most iconic filming locations. So whether you’re an avid Broadchurch fan and want to follow in the footsteps of DI Alec Hardy and DS Ellie Miller, portrayed by the ever spectacular David Tennant and Olivia Colman, or you’ve simply been inspired to visit South Devon’s stunning coastline for yourself, you’ll find the ultimate guide to the show’s top filming locations right here.
East Cliff & Beach
Perhaps the most iconic of all of Broadchurch’s settings, East Cliff and East Beach are just steps from West Bay (also known as Bridport Harbour), and featured heavily throughout the first series as the crime scene where Danny Latimer’s body was first discovered. You’ll also notice the iconic cliffs are the backdrop of choice for a number of posters and billboards promoting the series, making them a must visit for any fan.
The cliffs get their warm golden colour from their sandstone composition, with their distinctive banding indicating layers of softer and harder stone. East Beach is one of the cleanest in the country and is perfect for a day spent splashing in the surf, however, don’t get too close to the cliff base – as crumbling rocks regularly fall onto the sand underneath!
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This striking modern building occupies prime position of the west quay of West Bay Harbour. The building itself features heavily throughout the series, with the exterior posing as Broadchurch Police Station – where numerous scenes were filmed outside the building’s entrance and on the steps leading up to it.
The Folly is actually home to a number of modern luxury flats as well as retailers and a cafe, and is a must visit for die-hard Broadchurch fans.
The East Pier along West Bay’s harbourside backs directly onto East Beach, with the town’s piers protecting the pristine stretch of golden sand and shingle behind. The pier, its wooden shelter and bench have featured prominently in the series. It’s the perfect place to recreate your own Broadchurch moment, with the iconic cliffs in the background providing the perfect souvenir snapshot.
The Clifftop Hut
Situated just over a mile to the west of the West Bay Harbour, close to the village of Eype, you’ll find Broadchurch’s most chilling scene – the location of the infamous beach hut where the murder of Danny Latimer took place. While there are concerns the existing hut may need to be rebuilt further back from the edge of the constantly eroding cliffs, the scene is immediately recognisable as the setting of the tense final episode of the first series.
The Jurassic Pier
Named so due to its prime location on the Jurassic Coast, West Bay’s Jurassic Pier provides the harbour’s primary means of protection against the elements – allowing boats to enter the sheltered marina during rough weather – as well as protecting the surrounding beaches from further erosion.
The pier also offers West Bay’s best viewpoint, with panoramic views of the famous cliffs, harbour and beaches. This is perhaps why it was chosen as one of the series’ filming locations, with the pier’s circular lookout point instantly recognisable in a number of promotional shots for the show.
Boost to local tourism
If you fancy visiting some of these iconic scenes for yourself, make sure you book fast! As the third and final series is underway, we’ve seen interest in our Dorset holiday parks grow, with nearby West Bay Holiday Park proving incredibly popular with Broadchurch fans visiting the locations of their favourite show – as well as those who have simply been mesmerised by the beautiful Dorset coast. Just steps from West Bay Harbour and its surrounding beaches, West Bay Holiday Park the ideal place to stay if you’re planning a trip to the Jurassic Coast.
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