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Visit the real Poldark country

June 6, 2018 No Comments

The popular BBC1 show, Poldark, returns to our screens this Sunday, 10th June at 9pm.  The series showcases some of Cornwall’s most spectacular rugged landscapes, stunning beaches and historic buildings.

If it’s just too tempting and you feel the yearn to follow in Ross and Demelza’s footsteps, firstly call our friendly team to help you find the perfect base for your break, then read on for our handy list of beautiful filming locations and must-see attractions to visit during your holiday.


Botallack Mine – Wheal Owles, on the Tin Coast, near St Just

The abandoned buildings, owned by the National Trust, were the perfect location for the Poldark family mines. The ruined engines houses, part of the Cornish Mining World Heritage site, are set on the side on the cliff with breath-taking views.

Read more at the National Trust website/Botallack.


Charlestown Harbour, St Austell

Built in 1792 by Charles Rashleigh, Charlestown is still a working harbour for china clay exports. Now privately owned the port has been used in well over one hundred shows and films. It’s just like stepping back in time as you walk along the flagstones and explore the 1939 Tall Ship “Kajsamaoor”.

Read more at Charlestown Port



Wheal Coates, St Agnes Head

Wheal Coates Engine House is perched on the side of the cliff at St Agnes over looking Chapel Porth. This is Poldark country at its best with purple heather, yellow gorse and miles of ocean.

Visit Wheal Coates’ National Trust website


Bodmin Moor

A great place to stop on your way to Falmouth. Used as the location for Ross Poldark’s cottage, Nampara, and the dramatic horseback scenes.

Read all the Poldark filming locations at the BBC website.




Poldark Tin Mine, Wendron, Helston

Although the Poldark Mine has not featured in the current series it was seen by millions all over the world when it featured in in the original BBC drama in 1970s. The only complete tin mine open for underground guided tours for a real atmosphere of times gone by.

Opening times and prices are available on the Poldark Mine website.


Poldark – the insider knowledge

March 11, 2015 No Comments

Poldark BBC

Last Sunday saw the return of, the remaking of, the revamping of Poldark by the BBC. We always get excited by anything that’s filmed in the county down here: we’re so far away from the glitz and glam of the rest of the country that any appearance on the big (or small) screen raises our temperatures – I was incredibly disappointed to find that the two days I’d spent on rocking to and fro, pretending to be in a Russian winter during August for World War Z was cut completely from the film.

And Poldark had big britches to fill. Although this blogger is far too young to remember the 1970s original, there’s no shortage of people that will tell you about it. I did watch a bit on Youtube though. It looked a bit drab and grey, to be honest…and a bit slow.

So we have a Poldark for the 21st Century. Aiden Turner’s Ross Poldark broods his way around the rugged Cornish coastline like a cross between Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights and Mr Darcy. He’s returned, scarred, from the American War of Independence, his beau is getting married to his cousin, and his family’s land has fallen into debt and decay – if only smouldering looks were currency.

It’s shaping up to be an entertaining series. It’s not afraid to ham it up either – did those Cornish ruffians from Illogan ‘Ooh’ and ‘Arr’ their way all the way across Cornwall, spoiling for a fight?

This is the best I’ve seen the Cornish coastline on screen though. In places it resembles more tropical climes, with hues of burnt orange and flecks of crystal in the water. The BBC didn’t shy away from using it either, showing off their location work either: Ross stares out to sea, one leg propped heroically upon a rock, at every opportunity; and apparently the shortest route to just about everywhere in Cornwall involves the coastal path.

We will probably revisit Poldark over its 8 week run, but for now here’s our list of filming locations from the series.



Alice In wonderland, Dr Who, Mansfield Park: Charlestown has been in them all. The Grade II listed harbour has a historic air and is home to old ships traditional Cornish architecture, making this work port perfect for film crews. 

Church Cove Gunwallow

Gunwallow’s Church Cove was used to film a shipwrecking and smuggling scene, which is not far from the historical use of much of the Cornish coastline. Fires were lit to mimic lighthouses and lure ships onto the rocks in a sequence involving Ross and the villagers. Church Cove is a beautiful cove with the tiny church of St Wynwallow nestled behind it.

Botallack to Levant

The often brutal and Atlantic battered coastline between Botallack and Levant have provided Poldark with dramatic Mine house locations. This is prime Cornish walking country, with Levant Mine and Owels and Crowns both playing parts in the show.

Bodmin Moor

Bodmin Moor’s sparse grasslands served as the external shots of the Poldark cottage as well as backdrop for shots on horseback. This is the land that draws comparisons to Wuthering Heights with its wild, ragged and dramatic feel.

Padstow area

The panoramic views of the Camel Estuary have served the series well, as have the long, golden sands Porthcothan beach in their time as Poldark’s fictional Nampara Cove. Some of the cliff top scenes were filmed in the area too.

(photo copyright BBC)