Where is Hidden filmed? The Craith Series Filming Locations Guide

Posted by Ra Moon

From the creators of Hinterland, Hidden is a crime thriller from BBC Wales and S4C. The series was filmed back-to-back in English and Welsh and has the title of Craith for Welsh audiences.

Now back for season three, Hidden was filmed in North Wales, including the beautiful landscapes of Snowdonia.

Hidden filming locations

The series starts when the body of a young girl is found in a river. Detective DI Cadi John, played by Sian Reese-Williams (Emmerdale), will have to solve the mystery murder, teaming up with Sion Alun Davies (Hinterland, Endeavour) as sergeant Owen Vaughan.

Location manager Paul Davies commented to the local newspaper Daily Post that the crew tried to show off the region as much as possible.

Here is our spoiler-free guide to the filming locations of Craith.

Where was Craith filmed
Detective inspector Cadi John lives on a small island called Ynys Castell, located in the strait which separates Anglesey from the rest of Wales.

It's connected to the mainland by a causeway only passable when the tide is out.
(You can open all the locations on Google Maps by clicking on the links below in the captions ↴)
Image courtesy of BBC - Map


Viaduct scenery over the river
The iconic Menai Bridge, connecting Bangor in the mainland to the island of Anglesey, appears several times during the series.
Image courtesy of BBC and James West - Map


Bangor  pier
The city of Bangor in Gwynedd is heavily featured in the series. Pictured, Garth Pier.
Image courtesy of BBC and Andrew Woodvine - Map


Police headquarters
The police station exterior is an old building located across the road from BBC Broadcasting House in Llandaff, Cardiff.
Image courtesy of BBC - Map


Corps found near Cefn Viaduct
The bridge in the background from episode one, when the body is found, is Cefn Viaduct on the outskirts of Merthyr Tydfil.
Image courtesy of BBC and Taz Wake - Map


College building
Megan, played by Gwyneth Keyworth, is studying at Bangor University.

The Watchmen castle from the 2019 HBO series was filmed very close to this location, at Penrhyn Castle.
Image courtesy of BBC and Map


Hidden town scenes
Some more filming took place near Eglwys Y Groes Church in Maesgeirchen (or Maes-G) neighbourhood in Bangor.
Image courtesy of BBC - Map


Snowdonia landscapes and roads
The breathtaking (and cloudy) scenery of Snowdonia National Park essentially becomes another character in Hidden.

The You Should Have Left house from the 2020 movie with Kevin Bacon was also filmed in the Welsh countryside, just a few miles away from this awesome landmark.
Image courtesy of BBC and Jim Howard - Map


Craith Village
Maes Padarn in Llanberis (Snowdonia) is the backdrop for several scenes.
Image courtesy of BBC and Google Maps


Warehouse workshop in the countryside
Dylan Harris’ workplace is set at the Northern Welsh Quarries in Blaenau Ffestiniog.
Image courtesy of BBC - Map


Craith petrol station location
The service station is actually Eric Jones cafe outside Tremadog.
Image courtesy of BBC and Google Maps


Warehouse near Caernarfon Castle
The showrunners managed to put a little bit of the massive Caernarfon Castle in the background of the scene in a workshop from episode five.
Image courtesy of BBC and Google Maps

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14 comments
  1. The viaduct is Cefn Viaduct on the outskirts of Merthyr Tydfil

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    1. The first viaduct you see 6 minutes in is Pontsarn viaduct in Merthyr Tydfil with Morlais castle and sanatorium hill in the background.

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    2. I knew it was. Should have used my better judgement. Years of walking the Taff Trail up into Vaynor should have taught me better!

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  2. The cafe is the Eric Jones Cafe outside tremadoc and beddgelet on the A498

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  3. If those are shots from the series for Snowdonia - it's the bottom end of Llyn Ogwen in Cwm Ogwen methinks.

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  4. Where's the police station exterior shot....???

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    1. It is part of Bangor Uni.(Computer Science Dept). Dean Street.

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    2. No, I am wrong about that.

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    3. It is (was) at the rear of what had been the BBC office building Ty Oldfield, across the road from BBC Cardiff in Llandaff. I sometimes did training courses there & spent coffee breaks in that yard, so weird to see it on TV.

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  5. it is part of Bangor Uni. Dean street.

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  6. The garage which they used is in abercrave south wales

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  7. Is there already information about season 2 available?

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