The ‘paradise’ UK beach where a Hollywood blockbuster was filmed – and fans are obsessed

A MAGICAL beach in the UK where Harry Potter was filmed has been dubbed ‘surfers’ paradise’ with miles of golden sandy beaches.

The UK has some great beaches, one of which is Freshwater West Beach in Pembrokeshire, Wales.

A UK beach is hiding a magical secret


A UK beach is hiding a magical secretPhoto credit: Getty
Freshwater West in Wales was used as a filming location for the Harry Potter films


Freshwater West in Wales was used as a filming location for the Harry Potter filmsCredit: Alamy
Tourists can still visit Dobby's Grave on the beach


Tourists can still visit Dobby’s Grave on the beachPhoto credit: WNS

Freshwater West is probably best known as the filming location for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

The beach served as the backdrop for Shell Cottage – the home of Ron Weasley’s older brother Bill and his wife Fleur.

While the fictional cottage is set to take place at Tinworth in Cornwall, Freshwater West put it on the spot.

Although a cottage was built for the film, it was demolished after filming finished.

While fans can still walk in Harry Potter’s footsteps, there’s one other attraction that movie fans will drive hundreds of miles to see.

Dobby’s Grave is located on a sand dune by the beach.

For those who don’t know, Dobby was a house elf who died protecting Harry Potter from a gang of Death Eaters in JK Rowling’s last book.

The site has become a firm favorite among fans who place ornate stones on his grave.

TikTok user Laurie, known as LaurieAlyceAdventures on the social media platform, revealed that she drove 230 miles to visit Dobby’s grave.

In the 20 second clip, she can be seen driving to the beach and walking over the stones before placing a stone on Dobby’s grave.

A caption above the video read, “Drive 230 miles to pay my respects.”

In the comments, users described the beach as “beautiful” and one couple even got engaged during their visit.

The beach has also been raved about by vacationers on TripAdvisor.

One person wrote: “This is such a beautiful beach, a real hidden gem. It was really clean and not too crowded which is great as you could really enjoy the place and soak up the atmosphere.

“With the addition of a visit to Dobby’s Grave, it’s a must-see for all Harry Potter fans out there.”

While another added: “A beautiful wide sandy beach at low tide with great scenery at either end of the beach.”

It has also been hailed as a “surfer’s paradise” by local guides.

As it faces south west it has some of the best waves in Pembrokeshire for experienced surfers.

Other water sports include windsurfing, canoeing and deep sea fishing.

At low tide the beach has miles of golden sand and there are also pebbles on the beach fringing the sand dunes.

Free parking and restrooms are available to the public.

The beach is a 30-minute drive from the nearby holiday hotspot of Tenby in South West Wales.

But this isn’t the only British seaside town where a Hollywood blockbuster has been filmed.

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The seaside town of Margate has been featured in Sam Mendes’ new film, Empire of Light, starring Olivia Colman.

Meanwhile, a British beach has been described as a hidden gem

Freshwater West has also been called a surfer's paradise


Freshwater West has also been called a surfer’s paradisePhoto credit: Getty

Emma James

Emma James is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Emma James joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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