A: Abbotsbury Swannery
New Barn Rd, Abbotsbury
Dorset DT3 4JG
T: 01305 871858
Abbotsbury Swannery is one of Dorset’s main tourist attractions, which is situated close to the popular sea side destination Weymouth. The sanctuary has free parking however an entrance fee is applicable. In fact it was Weymouth where I was based whilst movie locating in and around the surrounding areas of the beautiful Dorset coast. If you visit Weymouth try the Mackerel bap (cob) which is one of Weymouth’s local delicacies.
The Benedictine Monks were the founders of the swan sanctuary, it is said that it is the only place in the world where you are able to walk through the colony of nesting Mute Swans. The swans are all free flying, this is a sanctuary not a zoo, and there are no cages to be found here. Filming for the Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows took place within the reeds approximately 700 meters West of Abbotsbury Swannery. It has been said that no main actors were involved in the filming of this “FrontLot Movie Location”, all the scenes with the main actors were shot in the studio.