With its rugged scenery, perfect beaches and breathtaking natural beauty the Cornish landscape has enchanted BBC’s Poldark viewers. This enthralling historical drama based on the Winston Graham’s novels are a potent mix of 18th Century mining, smuggling and romance, filmed in beautiful locations across Cornwall and the South-West of England.
Where is Poldark filmed? Most of the action of the beloved TV drama takes place against the canvas of Cornwall’s breathtaking coastline and moorland. From historic mine workings used for Ross’s struggling business to sandy beaches used as a backdrop for many scenes, the landscape in the show also plays a starring role.
Based in Truro, Cornwall capital city, we specialise in group vacation planning and provide a comprehensive service from accommodation, guides and transport. We can create a complete Poldark Cornwall experience or include your trip in a wider visit to Southern England including London.
On our bespoke Poldark group tours in Cornwall you can visit the places where they lived, enjoy the landscapes, learn about and see what inspired this great writer. We also welcome the opportunity to customise your group’s tour to suit you or your client’s requirements. For more information or a no obligation quote please contact us
So where are your favourite scenes shot? Here’s our guide to must see locations for your tour.
Botallack, St Just – Owned by the National Trust, Botallack is set on the Tin Coast of Cornwall; these iconic Engine Houses are part of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site and feature in Poldark as the mine ‘Wheal Leisure’. The dramatic scenery here is also seen in many of Poldark’s cliff top encounters.
Holywell Bay, Newquay – This classic beach in north Cornwall, with its golden sand, sand dunes and the iconic Gull Rock just off shore has been used for many scenes in the series. Owned by the National Trust, Holywell Bay in the stories is owned by Poldark’s bitter rival, George Warleggan, and is named Warleggan Bay.
Charlestown, St Austell – The historic harbour of Charlestown with its collection of tall ships was the perfect location for Poldark’s 18thC Truro. It was also used in the filming of scenes that were set in Falmouth and St Mary’s on the Isles of Scilly.
Porthcurno, Penzance – The beautiful National Trust owned beach of Porthcurno is Nampara Cove in the series, with white sand and the turquoise sea it is a very romantic location where Ross Poldark and Demelza walk in the sunshine.
Bodmin Moor – The wild and rugged Bodmin Moor is where you will find Ross Poldark’s cottage Nampara and cottages belonging to the miners. Many of the scenes of the cast on horseback were filmed on the great inland wilderness of Bodmin Moor.
But not all of Poldark was filmed in Cornwall; other locations were used in the South West of England and can be included on any tour.
Corsham – The High Street in the historic town of Corsham in Wiltshire was used to represent Truro in the television series of Poldark. Just 16km from Bath and surrounded by beautiful countryside the Georgian town of Corsham is a perfect film location.
Frome in Somerset – This market town on the edge of the Mendip Hills with its winding cobbled alleys and historic buildings was used to film the scenes in Truro, in particular Gentle Street and St John the Baptist Church were used.
Chavenage House, Tetbury – The Cotswold manor, Chavenage House in Gloucestershire is transformed into ‘Trenwith’, the home of Poldark’s father. The Great Hall in the Elizabethan manor is where Ross Poldark learned that his sweetheart Elizabeth was to marry his cousin. Chavenage House is open to the public from 1st May- 30th September.