After much anticipation the new television series of Poldark, starring Aidan Turner as Ross Poldark, is now showing on BBC1  40 years after the original. Here are 7 Cornish locations used in the filming of this period drama. Now we bring you ten (more) Cornish filming locations you might have spotted Aidan Turner and the BBC camera crew in earlier this year



Masquerading as Cornwall’s capital Truro in episode two Charlestown’s character filled Grade II listed harbour with its tall ships perfectly captured the 18th century character of Winston Graham’s novel.


 Poldark Tin Mine

poldark tin mine

All the underground sequences were filmed at Poldark Tin Mine and some of the props used included the original mine bells.


Church Cove, Gunwalloe


Church Cove was the setting for a dramatic late night shipwreck scene caused by smugglers guiding the boat onto the rocks with fires and lit torches, so they could make off with the valuable cargo once the inevitable shipwreck had occurred.




This beautiful secluded cove is where Poldark swam naked in episode two.


 St Agnes Head


The historic, well-preserved engine houses perched on the cliffs of St Agnes Head were used to represent the Nampara Valley, part of Poldarks’ family estate, and the extent of mining in the area.


Bodmin Moor


The wild and rugged Bodmin Moor provides a great remote backdrop for exterior shots of Ross Poldark’s cottage as well as horse riding action scenes. 


Botallack Mine

©National Trust Images/Paul Barker

©National Trust Images/Paul Barker

The vulnerably-looking Botallack Mine, perilously perched  on the cliffs  near St Just, became Ross Poldark’s Wheal Leisure for the historical drama,  the family mine Poldark tries to restore back to prosperity.

 Find out about the characters that inspired Winston Graham here

Have you been watching the series? Let us know your thoughts and whether we have forgotten some other Cornwall locations used in the filming. Tweet us @CornwallLifeMag 

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