Poldark filming locations

Cornwall is already one of the UK's favourite holiday destinations, but the BBC's hit TV series, Poldark, has made the county more popular than ever. With a storyline relating to Cornish mining history, visiting the iconic filming locations will not only offer a beautiful day out, but also the ultimate cultural experience. 

Want to visit some of the filming locations for yourself, and find out where they film Poldark in Cornwall? Read on to find out about some of the Cornish towns and villages featured in the programme…

Charlestown

This small harbour on the south coast of Cornwall, near St Austell, has a traditional charm well suited to the historic genre of Poldark. This location doubles as Truro, Falmouth and St Mary’s on the Isles of Scilly at various times throughout the drama, making it one of the  most well-known destinations during filming.

Charlestown is a great holiday location, with numerous pubs and restaurants to frequent, as well as direct access onto the South West Coast Path for a picturesque stroll along the cliffs. Click here to view our collection of self catering holiday cottages near Charlestown.

Holywell Bay

Located on the north Cornish coast just a few miles west of Newquay, Holywell Bay is another popular filming location used frequently in Poldark. The wide, open bay with golden sands, high dunes and the iconic Gull Rock just off its shores offers a beautiful backdrop for scenes between Ross and Demelza.

At just a 15 minute drive to the popular coastal resort of Newquay, the areas around Holywell Bay are great for a family holiday in Cornwall. By staying in one of our holiday cottages near Holywell Bay, you’re within easy reach of some of north Cornwall’s most trendy cafés, bars and restaurants, as well as Newquay Zoo and plenty of surfing beaches.

Kynance Cove

As one of Cornwall’s most famous (and photographed) beaches, Kynance Cove needs no introduction. It’s instantly recognisable with crystal clear waters and rock formations towering out of the sea, used in Poldark for some scenes of Nampara.

Being one of the most popular beaches can mean Kynance Cove gets very busy during the summer months. To beat the crowds, why not stay nearby in one of our properties in west Cornwall?

Porthcurno

Another of Cornwall’s most stunning beaches, this National Trust beach in the far south west of Cornwall boasts beautiful white sands, turquoise waters and high cliffs. Porthcurno is the location of the fictional beach, Nampara Cove. A picture-perfect location for filming and a holiday. For properties nearby, click here.

Bodmin Moor

The exterior shots of Nampara House, Ross Poldark’s family home, are filmed on Bodmin Moor. The natural countryside with its rugged character is perfect for the period drama, which is set in Georgian times. Stay in your very own country cottage in the Cornish wilderness with our selection of self-catering properties on Bodmin Moor.

Padstow area

The edge of the Camel Estuary and nearby coves within the Padstow area was the most northern part of Cornwall used for filming Poldark.

Tregirls Beach, Hawkers Cove, Porthcothan and Park Head are all featured in scenes, boasting unspoilt stretches of sand and rugged cliffs.

Browse our collection of holiday cottages in Padstow to holiday in the area surrounding the popular harbour town.

St Agnes Head

As the location of one of Cornwall’s most recognised old engine houses perched on a cliff, St Agnes Head was an obvious choice of filming location to demonstrate the mining history in Cornwall. The area around St Agnes and Chapel Port was used to represent part of Poldark’s family estate, Nampara Valley.

This part of the north Cornish coastline holds a lot of heritage, providing a beautiful, historic and cultural holiday location. For properties near St Agnes, click here.

Botallack and Levant Mine

With a similar attraction to St Agnes Head, the west Cornish coastline from Botallack to Levant boasts rich mining structures - perfect for the Poldark series. Levant Mine is used as the fictional Tressiders Rolling Mill, whilst the Owles and Crowns engine houses near Botallack are used as Ross Poldark’s Wheal Leisure Mine.

Gunwalloe

With a well-known smuggling past, this sandy cove on The Lizard Peninsular was used to film a late-night ship wreck scene, which saw Aidan Turner and a large cast descend on the beach at nightfall. Our selection of cottages in west Cornwall provide the perfect base to explore Gunwallow and other scenic parts of The Lizard.

Porthgwarra

This tiny fishing cove on the west coast of Cornwall is best known for the scene where Ross Poldark has an early morning swim while Demelza watches from afar. It’s a popular location used by the Poldark filmmakers, with a number of other important scenes filmed there.

Porthgwarra is located just a few miles from Land’s End on the St Aubyn Estate. We have plenty of properties nearby, which means you too could take an early morning swim like Poldark!