Top 11 Poldark filming locations to visit in Cornwall

PUBLISHED: 12:47 06 November 2019 | UPDATED: 12:47 06 November 2019

Aidan Turner in Poldark

Aidan Turner in Poldark


It might be the BBC’s final series of Poldark, but Cornwall is one of the stars of the show – and it’s not going anywhere. Here’s a few of our favourite Poldark locations whose beauty can even rival that of Ross and Demelza



Part of a World Heritage Site, Grade II listed Charlestown Harbour posed as Poldark's Truro. With a unique collection of Tall Ships and original granite quays, the inner and outer harbours provide the perfect film location.

Charlestown remains a working harbour for china clay exports. Now owned by Square Sail, Charlestown regularly hosts TV and film crew for maritime scenes in the controlled film tank of the inner harbour.


Church Cove, Gunwalloe

The shipwreck

Shipwrecks and beach fires made for dramatic scenes at Church Cove, Gunwalloe. Filmed at night, Aidan Turner and many extras set out with torches and fires to recreate Winston Graham's shipwreck. As part of the first entry in the Domesday Book, Gunwalloe's history stretches back far beyond Poldark's 18th century. The church was rebuilt in the 14th and 15th centuries but the bell towers belongs to an earlier manifestation and remains separate from the main building.



Poldark swimming

Used as the location for the famous swimming scene, Porthgwarra provides some of the most picturesque scenery for Poldark. Less than two miles from the Minack Theatre, Porthgwarra is a small cove and fishing hamlet within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the far west of the county.

Once a thriving fishing cove, the beautiful Porthgwarra sits at the heart of St Aubyn Estates and boasts a peaceful existence with its days surrounded by wildflowers and birdlife.

The tunnel cut through the rock makes it perfect for swimming and rock pooling while the South West Coast Path offers unsurpassed views.


St Agnes Head

Nampara Valley

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


Bodmin Moor

Bodmin Moor

Wild and untamed, Bodmin Moor reflects Ross's character. The exterior for Poldark's rustic and somewhat dilapidated house, Nampara, was filmed near St Breward on the moor. Minions near to the Hurlers Stones provided the crossroads, which feature in many horseback scenes between Nampara and Trenwith. The sea was superimposed into the background for the TV series.


Botallack Mine

Wheal Leisure

The BBC made the most of Cornwall's rich mining history, using the striking engine houses along the coast of West Cornwall for Poldark's mining endeavours. Owles and Crowns near Botallack has a spectacular position overlooking the sea and pays the part of Ross's Wheal Leisure.



Nampara Cove

The spectacular views across the Camel Estuary and Tregirls beach made its way on to the screen and wide sandy beach of Porthcothan which sits between Newquay and Padstow was he backdrop to scenes featuring Poldark's fictional Nampara Cove.

Porthcothan backed by grassy dunes, and was used as Nampara land along with shots of Hendrawna Beach.



Nampara Cove (part 2)

Poldark's fictional Nampara Cove.

Porthcurno plays Nampara Cove in Poldark. With gorgeous fine soft white sand washed by a sea that turns turquoise in the sun and high cliffs on both sides providing shelter, it's an oasis of stunning natural beauty. Last summer saw the tiny village leading to the beach (and the Minnack Theatre) experience city-level congestion as holidaymakers headed to this stunning spot.


Holywell bay

Beach scenery

This huge beach of golden sand backed by grass tufted dunes is a perfect example of the north coast's wide open bays.

Owned by the Warleggans, Holywell Bay and its iconic Gull Rock act as the backdrop to some scenes in series two.


Kynance cove


With its pure white sand, turquoise waters and serpentine rock-towers, Kynance Cove doubles up as Poldark's beloved Nampara. At low tide there are sea caves and islands to explore.


Predannack Wollas

Poldark on horseback

The wild qualities of this windswept headland near The Lizard and wild-flower strewn cliffs provided the location for many of Poldark's charges on horseback.

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