Does anyone know what was filmed / photographed at Carew Castle in Pembrokeshire for use in the programme? At the bottom of this page
from The Quest, it says: "Also featured in Knightmare was Carrew Castle, near Milford Haven, Dyfed, Wales (not pictured)
". I've looked at many images but I can't see anything that I recognise.
On a related note....
I am attempting to create an interactive map showing all the filming locations used in Knightmare. Click here to see the map so far!
The locations are colour-coded according to the series in which they first appeared - it's quite interesting to see how they started out around East Anglia, gradually spread across the UK, and then moved abroad. Clicking on any of the locations will give you a list of rooms that were photographed there.
As you can see, I've managed to find 28 castles, manor houses, abbeys, museums and rock formations that appeared in Knightmare, but I suspect there are several more that I don't know about. This is where I hope you may be able to help! Tell me if you've seen any other filming locations mentioned anywhere, or even visited them yourself. If anyone feels like helping me Google this stuff, that would also be much appreciated! There's still a big list of rooms that I haven't been able to identify, so let me know if you can locate any of these:
From Series 4...
~ Conveyor belt / CoB entrance
, where Helen dodged a floating skull (ep 402), Hordriss gave spells to Alistair and Gundrada (ep 404), Simon retrieved Gundrada's sword from Hordriss (ep 408), and Giles encountered Mistress Goody (ep 415). It's the entrance to Leeds Castle pasted onto a background from somewhere else.
~ Room where Helen, Alistair, Nicky, Dickon and Giles met Doorkis
(eps 402 / 405 / 407 / 412 / 416), Alistair, Nicky and Vicky met Merlin
(eps 404 / 405 / 407 / 410), Simon met Brother Mace
(ep 409), and Dickon met Motley (eps 411 / 412). Dickon met Dooreen
(ep 413) in a flipped version of the same room.
~ Crazed Heifer interior, visited by Dickon
, Jeremy, Giles, Christopher
and Naila (eps 411 / 414 / 415 / 512 / 605 / 702 / 707). The area behind the stairs was also used once, when Dickon emerged from a small doorway beside the fireplace and took an UPPER pill to grow again (ep 411). I believe we saw the opposite end
of this room in later series - it's where Ben met Smirkenorff (ep 609), Julie entered the Descender (ep 711), and Barry found Sidriss covering Hordriss' class (eps 713 / 714). (You can see the door through which Dickon leaves, although his Eyeshield sequence has been flipped so the exit appears in the corner he's walking towards. Note the English Heritage logo above the door, and another one above the stairs in the tavern scene.)
From Series 5...
~ Level 1 Blocker
encountered by all Series 5 dungeoneers (eps 501 / 503 / 504 / 507 / 510 / 511 / 513 / 515 / 516). Not sure if the entire wall is hand-drawn / CGI - the nearest bit looks like it may be a photograph.
~ Level 1 Causeway
tackled by Richard, Sarah, Ben, Jenna, Alex, Christopher and Kelly (eps 502 / 504 / 505 / 507 / 510 / 511 / 513 / 516).
~ Room where Richard and Ben met a Level 2 Blocker
(eps 503 / 508). The windows and door look quite distinctive.
~ Level 2 room
where Richard, Sarah and Ben met Skarkill (eps 503 / 504 / 506 / 508). On the last occasion it was flipped
and included the Descender entrance. A modified version of the same room was used for a Level 2 Causeway
tackled by Kathryn, Richard, Sarah, Ben and Alex (eps 502 / 503 / 505 / 506 / 508 / 512).
~ The new Dunswater
, where the Boatman rowed Sarah (ep 504), Brother Mace rowed Jenna
(ep 509), Sidriss rowed January
(ep 607) and Ridolfo rowed Sophia (eps 612 / 613) to the jetty
~ Level 3 room
where Sarah failed to gain Elita's help (ep 506). Reused as Hordriss' HQ in Series 6, where he presented Ben's trophy
and warned about the dragon caller
(ep 611), announced his alignment with the Powers That Be (ep 614), and warned that Red Death was airborne (ep 615).
~ Indoor market
where Christopher bought a CHANGE spell from Julius Scaramonger (eps 513 / 514). Also seen in the end credits of ep 515, and in darkness as Barry searched for the final piece of Grimaldine's staff (ep 713). Looks like a medieval barn - they're all rather similar, but I've yet to find a precise match.
From Series 6...
~ Cavern where Matt, Sumayya and January tackled a Level 1 Causeway
(eps 601 / 603 / 607). I expect this was a show cave somewhere in the UK - the question is which one! Some bits of the same cavern (reflected down the middle) can be seen in the Great Causeway tackled by Ben
(eps 611 / 613). Ben also completed the second part
of the Great Causeway, which appears to be a different cavern reflected down the middle. Presumably filmed in the same location were the Mines of Gore entrance
, where Ben acquired a spell from Hordriss before proceeding
(eps 610 / 611), and the deeper Caverns of Gore
where Ben defeated Lord Fear, also seen behind Treguard at the end of ep 602. The National Showcaves Centre in Swansea looks rather similar, but I couldn't find a matching photo so it's just an unconfirmed hunch.
where Ben and Sophia chose Level 3 clue objects (eps 610 / 613). The paving (and quite possibly some of the brickwork) from this courtyard was also used to create the Hall of Choice.
~ Level 2 courtyard
where Matt met the Dreadnort (ep 602), Sumayya, Ben and Nicola used a spyglass (eps 604 / 610 / 704), Alan used a gauntlet to restrain Lord Fear's hand (ep 606), and Chris traded with Ah Wok (ep 615). Note that the floor isn't real - it's the same modified paving from the Level 3 clue room that they used for the Hall of Choice.
~ Level 2 courtyard
where Heggatty helped Matt reach a high doorway (ep 602). Sumayya, Alan, Ben, Sophia and Chris encountered Peggatty shooting fireballs (eps 604 / 606 / 610 / 613 / 615) in a flipped version
of the same courtyard.
~ The Cloudwalker
, visited by Alan
(eps 606 / 610 / 615). Also seen in the end credits of ep 604. A real ship or a film set? Any idea where this might have been?
~ Level 1 room
where Sophia first met Elita (eps 611 / 612) and Chris chose clue objects (ep 614).
From Series 7...
~ Level 1 courtyard
where Ben met Fidjit (ep 709). Simon, Nicola and Barry chose clue objects (eps 701 / 703 / 713) and Naila used a spyglass (ep 708) at one end
of it. I reckon the courtyard
where Ben chose Level 1 clue objects (ep 709) was the opposite end of the same one, and I believe it to be Cuéllar Castle (AKA Castle of the Dukes of Alburquerque) in Segovia, but I just can't find a photograph to confirm it!
~ Courtyard with arches
, where Simon met Rothberry (ep 701), Nicola met Sidriss (ep 704), and Alex and Barry went down a staircase (eps 705 / 714).
where Simon chose Level 2 clue objects (ep 702).
~ Level 1 courtyard
where Nicola rescued Romahna from Sly Hands (ep 703) and Alex turned Fidjit from a toad back into a human (ep 705).
~ Path in Level 1
where Alex and Naila drank magic potions to get past a troll (eps 705 / 708).
~ Landing in Level 1
where Alex met Smirkenorff after Fidjit unlocked the gate (ep 705).
~ Various areas of Warlock / Grimdale: the table
where Naila found a bag of silver (ep 707), the barrow
where Julie met Romahna (ep 710), the barrel
where Julie chose Level 1 clue objects (ep 710), and Rothberry's stall
visited by Naila (eps 707 / 708) and Julie (eps 710 / 711). Possibly an open air museum somewhere? Not sure if this was filmed in Spain as well.
~ Tavern where Barry revealed Marta
to be Lissard
in disguise (ep 714).
That's all of them, I think. Some of these rooms might be from locations already on the map, some might be from elsewhere. It would be good if we could find as many as possible!
[Would Alan be interested in putting a link to the map somewhere on the website? Could be useful for anyone who wants to visit places they've seen on the programme. Or perhaps it's worth a mention in The Eye Shield, which has featured Jake's own photographs from a number of Knightmare Locations (a helpful starting point for this project). Up to you, anyway!]
One more thing... on this page
it says that Sherborne Old Castle was used for a Smirkenorff flight sequence in Series 5, and that Camber Castle was used as a Level 2 landing place in the same series. Is this a mistake? I think I've identified all the Smirkenorff locations, and those two aren't among them. Where did this info come from, and which teams / episodes are we talking about?