Where is A Discovery of Witches filmed? - Locations for the new Sky One series

A Discovery of Witches where filmed

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Halfway between Twilight and Harry Potter, this new fantasy series is based in the 2011 best-selling novel by Deborah Harkness. A Discovery of Witches revolves around an Oxford's Bodleian Library ancient manuscript called Ashmole 782.

Diana Bishop (played by Teresa Palmer) is a historian descended from witches, who will team up with vampire Matthew Goode (Matthew Clairmont) to unravel the secrets of this mysterious manuscript. The couple will engage in a forbidden romance, living in a world unaware of the existence of beings like them.

A Discovery of Witches was filmed on location in Oxford, Bristol, Italy and in the Wolf Studios in Wales. We will be updating soon this spoiler-free report with more filming locations from the show:

A Discovery of Witches location
Diana and Mathew first meet at the Bodleian Library, one of the oldest libraries in England established in 1602.
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Image courtesy of Sky One - Map




Where is A Discovery of Witches set
Interior library scenes and the Bishop House were shot in a painstakingly recreated set at Cardiff's Bad Wolf Studios. A Discovery of Witches was the first production to be filmed in this brand new studio in Wales.
Image courtesy of Sky One


A Discovery of Witches Oxford
The stunning architecture of the so-called city of dreaming spires served as the perfect backdrop for exterior scenes. Image courtesy of Tejvan Pettinger - Map


A Discovery of Witches filmed
A scene with Matthew on the Folly Bridge over the River Thames in the center of the city. The production was also shooting at Brown's Café in the Covered Market for a scene from the first episode. Some of the places that are featured in the novel include All Souls College, New College, Blackwell's Bookshop and the iconic Bridge of Sighs. Image courtesy of Sky One and Google Maps


A Discovery of Witches Bristol
Local newspaper Bristol Post reports that the crew was filming in several locations in Bristol, including The Rummer restaurant in All Saints Ln (first episode, pictured), the Harbour Hotel, Highbury Vaults pub, and Deanery Road. Image courtesy of Sky One and Google Maps


A Discovery of Witches castle
According to local newspaper Western Telegraph, A Discovery of Witches was filming scenes with lead actress Teresa Palmer at Carew Castle in Pembrokeshire, Wales. Also it has been published an image with Teresa Palmer in St Donat’s Castle in the Vale of Glamorgan. Image courtesy of Simon Redwood - Map




Locations for A Discovery of Witches
The Aberglasney House and Gardens in Llangathen (Carmarthenshire) are also featured in the series.
Image courtesy of Sky One and Gareth Lovering - Map


A Discovery of Witches College
The official Visit Wales web site states that the Victorian Gothic mansion Insole Court in Llandaff (Cardiff) served as the Matthew Clairmont’s chambers at All Souls College. Cardiff Market was also used as additional filming spot. Image courtesy of David Meenagh - Map


A Discovery of Witches filming
The scenes set in Scotland were filmed near Llyn y Fan Fach lake in the Brecon Beacons National Park in Wales. Some more filming took place near Newport's Transporter Bridge, doubling for Finland.
Image courtesy of Sky One - Map


A Discovery of Witches shooting locations
Some cast and crew members were filming scenes in Venice. On the top, Juliette (Elarica Johnson) on the Ponte dell'Accademia bridge over the Grand Canal. In the picture below, a boat approaching the island of San Giorgio Maggiore. Image courtesy of Sky One - Map 1 and Map 2


A Discovery of Witches Italy
Also in the Veneto region, A Discovery of Witches used the noble rooms of Castle of Monselice (Castello Cini), as setting for the Sept-Tours fortress. Image courtesy of Sky One and Google Maps


A Discovery of Witches St. Lucien
Further filming took place in the village of Arquà Petrarca, doubling for the fictional village of St. Lucien which Deborah Harkness placed in Auvergne, France. The shoot was set at Francesco Petrarca's house, the oratory of the Santissima Trinità and in St. Mark's Square and neighboring streets.
Image courtesy of David Bramhall and Federico Lukkini - Map


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