Finding Broadchurch: Exploring the Dorset Coast

Many of you will have been gripped by the TV series Broadchurch, with its dark and brooding plotlines and superb cast of actors, including David Tennant as DI Alec Hardy and Olivia Colman who plays DS Ellie Miller.

Set on Dorset’s Jurassic coast, audiences have been captivated by its dramatic locations; the sea stacks and chalk-white cliffs providing a stunning backdrop to the suspense on the screen.

It’s no wonder so many fans of this award-winning detective series are longing to take in those spectacular Jurassic coastal views first-hand.


Broadchurch filming locations have included Charmouth beach along with its row of beach huts, the iconic coastal landmark that is Puncknowle Knoll, the blue bell woods of Hooke, near Beaminster, and the instantly recognisable towering sandstone cliffs of West Bay that appear so often during the series.

The combination of compelling screen acting and magnificent settings helped viewers fall head over heels for this seasoned crime drama. It’s not just the audience who can’t get enough of Broadchurch, both the cast and crew also fell in love with this stunning part of the West Country, David Tennant describing it as “an extraordinary part of the country,” and fellow-actor, Olivia Colman, defining the area as both “amazing” and “idyllic”.

Charmouth-beach-hutsIf you’ve had a similar yearning to explore the Dorset coastline, why not take a peek at our Dorset holiday cottage listings.

As one of the leading holiday cottage agencies in the South West, we pride ourselves on our selection of beautiful locations, all of them surrounded by stunning coast and countryside – everything you’d expect from a West Country getaway.

Whether you’re looking for a family break, couple’s retreat, solo escape, or a friends’ reunion, Toad Hall Cottages can find the perfect property for you. We can even accommodate your four-legged friend at one of our dog friendly dwellings.