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National Showcaves Centre for Wales

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51°49'51"-03°41'06" show decimal

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National Showcaves Centre for Wales
Dan-yr-Ogof, Abercrave, Swansea, SA9 1GJ

The National Showcaves of Wales is a national nature reserve which highlights Welsh mining in the area. Three caves are open to the public, with information on how they were mined and on local archaeology. There are also dinosaurs(!) and a farm to explore.

Admission: 6 Sep 2009: Admission to the Showcaves is currently 12.00 for adults; this gives you access to all the attractions at the centre

How to get here from Craig-Y-Nos Castle Hotel:

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Road: Turn right out of the hotel and head north on the A4067; the show caves are on the left just before you reach Glyntawe. (0.8 miles, 1m) +

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General Directions to get to this location.

Parking Details

car park

 

Access: admissionStatus: recognisableCathedral Cave

Photo

«prev photo next photo»Photograph taken: 6th September 2009 by Chuck Foster

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The Pirate Planet
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Filmed: 4 May 1978
The Doctor, Romana and Kimus explore the old Zanak mines.

The Pirate Planet
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Filmed: 4 May 1978
The guards attempt to capture the Doctor's group.

 

Photo

«prev photo next photo»Photograph taken: 6th September 2009 by Chuck Foster

"Typically I didn't realise that this is the reverse of the direction that you see in the screenshot! Its a little further down the cave towards its entrance."

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The Pirate Planet
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Filmed: 4 May 1978
The Doctor, Romana and Kimus flee the guards.

 

Other nearby locations:

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Craig-Y-Nos Castle Hotel (Tooth and Claw). Road (0.8 miles, 1m) : Turn right out of the caves road onto A4067; the hotel will be on the left.

Additional locations as the crow flies:

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Penwyllt Inn (Countrycide): 0.95 miles.

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Powell Street (Countrycide): 1.08 miles.

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Penwyllt Quarry (Countrycide): 1.11 miles.

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Maesgwyn Windfarm (Doctor Who Series 8 Filming): 4.75 miles.

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Pont Melin-fach (Robot of Sherwood): 5.45 miles.

Production Notes:

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David Sibley (Pralix): "I recall that the location shoot was much more relaxed and fun than the studio, which was a constant strain due to effects setup. The caves were very cold to stand around in with those costumes!"

Trivia:

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5 May 1978: During the day's filming, Tom Baker was asked to open the new Jubilee Passage in the Dan-yr-Ogof cave system. (src :"On Location" © Richard Bignell)

Further links about the location:

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National Showcaves for Wales - Official site for the caves

Related Stories

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The Pirate Planet [4 May 1978] (Cathedral Cave): The Doctor, Romana and Kimus explore the interior of Zanak

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