His Dark Materials Filming Locations Guide: The real Jordan College and Trollesund location

His Dark Materials location
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The rich and extended universe of His dark materials novel trilogy has been adapted for tv in the reportedly BBC's most expensive project so far, co-produced by HBO. The first two seasons have already been filmed, covering the first two books by English author Philip Pullman, called Northern Lights (1995, The Golden Compass in North America) and The Subtle Knife (1997). In the series steampunk version of the world, every human is also born with a daemon, which is basically the soul living outside of the body taking an animal form.

The series is written by Jack Thorne (the creator of acclaimed shows like Skins or This is England). The cast is lead by Dafne Keen (the young wolverine from Logan) as Lyra Belacqua, Ruth Wilson as Marisa Coulter, Lin-Manuel Miranda as Lee Scoresby and James McAvoy as Lord Asriel Belacqua.

His dark materials was filmed in Wales and England. We will be updating and expanding this report with new filming locations every week as the series advances.

Where is His dark materials filmed?

Jordan College
The fictional Jordan College was filmed in the New College in Oxford, founded in 1379. Several areas of the complex are featured in the series, like the spectacular chapel (pictured), the hall and the courtyards.
(You can open all the locations on Google Maps clicking on the links below in the captions ↴)
Image courtesy of HBO / BBC and Udo Schuklenk - Map

Fictional Oxford panorama with zeppelins
The show required a lot of visual effects; this view of Oxford was entirely created by CGI. The studio work was done at Wolf Studios Wales, headquartered in a former factory in Cardiff. Image courtesy of BBC One / HBO

Marisa Coulter's Apartment
The Londonist suggested that Marisa Coulter's Apartment is inspired by the facade of the art deco Temple of Peace in Cardiff. The location, volume and the clock in the top are from the Shell Mex House in london.
Image courtesy of BBC / HBO, - Chris Sampson and Google Maps / Shell Mex House Location

Marisa luxury flat
This hall pictured was actually filmed in the interior of the Temple of Peace.
Image courtesy of BBC One / HBO and BristolIcarus

Magisterium building location
And where is the massive Magisterium building? In Lyra's parallel world, the Holy Church headquarters occupy the position of the Buckingham Palace! Image courtesy of BBC / HBO and Google Maps

Dónde se rueda La materia oscura
A street from a scene in episode 3 with Lord Carlo Boreal shot at Plasturton Gardens in Cardiff.
Image courtesy of BBC / HBO and Google Maps

Sharpness Docks on location
The scenes with the Gyptians sailing in the river were filmed in the River Severn and Sharpness Docks.
Image courtesy of BBC / HBO and Nick - Map

Trollesund location
The set of the run-down town of Trollesund was built in a disused quarry on Llangynidr in Crickhowell. Trollesund is the main port of Lapland, which Lyra and her Gyptian protectors visit during their journey to Bolvangar.
Wikipedia has a magnificent list of all the fictional locations and worlds where the books take place. Image courtesy of BBC / HBO - Map

À la croisée des mondes Lieux de tournage
Many exterior shots were filmed at the stunning landscapes of Brecon Beacons National Park, located only 40 miles north of Cardiff. Wales is becoming an important filming location hub. The Sex Education house of the popular Netflix series was also filmed in the country. Image courtesy of BBC / HBO - Map

Seine dunklen Materialien drehort
Bristol Film Office reported that a chase sequence was filmed in the city at Trenchard Street, Colston Street, Host Street, Pipe Lane and Colston Yard. Further filming took place in the Blaise Orangery (pictured).
Image courtesy of BBC / HBO and Peter Barr - Map

Bolvangar location

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  1. The exterior shots of Will's school (epp 5 and 7) are Cardiff Uni's John Percival Biulding and Arts and Social Science Library.


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