A disused quarry in Northern Wales is set to be a major factor in one of the world’s biggest television shows, House of Dragon.
Dinorwig Quarry was the second biggest slate quarry in Wales until it was closed and operations ceased in 1969.
Since operations were ceased more than five decades ago, the site has been used in variety of ways including as a popular setting for Hollywood productions and the Wales’ national slate museum.
Eagle-eyed film fans would notice the backdrop from Street Fighter (1994), Clash of the Titans (2009), Willow (1987) while rock climbing fans may also be familiar with the site.
Now, House of Dragon, a spin-off from major phenomenon Game of Thrones, is set to join its ranks as it films season two of the critically acclaimed show.
The British Mountaineering Council received a statement from Cross Plains Productions.
“We are writing to inform you of Cross Plains Productions’ plan to come to Dinorwig Quarry to carry out some filming for a HBO television series, titled ‘Red Gun’ on Wednesday 5th July and Thursday 6th July 2023,” the statement said.
“The scenes they are planning to film at Dinorwig Quarry will be set across three areas: the site of the Old Splitting Sheds referred to as ‘Victoria’, the rock opening known as ‘Matilda’ and the steps adjacent to ‘Dahlia’s Hole’. The scenes will include extras in armour, horses, special effects and various props.”
Footpaths in the quarry are due to be closed from Monday, June 26, until Sunday, July 9 while total works will go from June 12 to July 12.