Welcome to the land of Fisherman’s Friends

Port Isaac

With the release of the Fisherman’s Friends film, we explore its main filming location, and popular Cornish holiday destination, the historic fishing village of Port Isaac.

This is not the first time the coastal village on the north coast of Cornwall has been used as the main base for filming, with the British ITV series, Doc Martin, also filmed here as the fictional village of Portwenn.

Port Isaac, Fisherman's Friends filming location
Fisherman's Friends filming location Port Isaac

Nine out of the ten Fisherman’s Friends call Port Isaac home, with The Platt (harbour) being the original performing stage for the band - hence the reason for filming here.

The film is about ten fisherman from Cornwall, who are signed by Universal Records and go on to achieve a top ten hit with their sea shanties. One of the main characters is played by Daniel Mays, a British actor from hit BBC series Line of Duty, along with other well-known actors such as Tuppence Middleton and James Purefoy.

The village itself is made up of historical 18th and 19th Century whitewashed cottages, with flower filled hanging baskets adorning the steep hillsides either side of this port. Nestling safely between rugged and dramatic high rocky cliffs, the area has a timeless atmosphere. A unique labyrinth of narrow streets and alleyways wind in and around the cottages, so make sure you know your way back before setting off to the pub. 

Port Isaac is an ideal location both in and out of season. The local pubs and restaurants offer fresh local produce and Cornish hospitality. 

Click to discover our range of self catering holiday cottages in Port Isaac.