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Poldark is  a British television series, based on Winston Graham’s acclaimed novels and set in Cornwall in the 18th Century. It tells the story of Ross Poldark, an Army officer returning to his home in Cornwall, England after fighting in the American War of Independence to discover that his fiancee Elizabeth, believing him dead, has since married his cousin, Francis. Poldark then marries his maid, Demelza but is forever torn between the two women.  

Both the original 1975 series and the new 2015 remake were based in Cornwall, with many of the stunning scenery shot in local locations.

Locations in Cornwall for the 2015 Poldark TV series

Charlestown, a short drive from the cottage, is famed for its collection of tall ships and traditional appearance. It has frequently been used in period dramas and features prominently in scenes of the principal town. As you wander along the side of the original Grade II Listed harbour complete with Tall Ships, you can almost imagine that you’ve been cast as an extra or have been transported to Graham Winston’s 18th Century setting. 

Church Cove Gunwallow
Church Cove Gunwallow on The Lizard relived its smugglings past when Aidan Turner and a hoard of other cast members and extras descended to film night-time ship wrecking scenes. While the events of the night highlight the nicer side of Turner’s character, the villagers don’t come off in such a good light - away from the cameras though and the scene on a normal day is a much more peaceful. An attractive sandy cove overlooked by the tiny church of St Wynwallow. 

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. Stop in the Porthgwarra Cove Cafe (seasonal) or pack a traditional picnic for a circa 18th Century Poldark experience.

Bodmin Moor
The cast and crew found themselves on Bodmin Moor for a large part of their time in Cornwall. Scenes featuring the exterior of Ross Poldark’s cottage, Nampara, were shot here along with many capturing the cast on horseback.  With a rugged character and wild streak, Bodmin Moor provides the perfect backdrop to Poldark’s plot of passion and family dramatics. 

Botallack to Levant
Location managers couldn’t resist the rich mining heritage of the stretch of west Cornwall coast linking Botallack and Levant. Cameras rolled with Levant Mine playing the role of the fictional Tressiders Rolling Mill while Owles and Crowns near Botallack stared as Wheal Leisure. 

Padstow area
For some of the cliff scenes the filming action moved to the Padstow area. Fans of north Cornwall will recognise the spectacular views across the Camel Estuary and Tregirls beach, while the beauty of the wide sandy beach of Porthcothan is hard to miss in the scenes featuring Poldark’s fictional Nampara Cove. 

St Agnes Head
Another area that enjoyed a taste of Hollywood is St Agnes Head where iconic engine houses perch serenely on the cliff-tops offering a silent reminder of Cornwall’s mining heyday. A natural location choice, it doubles as Nampara Valley in the show. 

While Corsham in Wiltshire doubled as Truro for filming, the City itself was Winston Graham’s true inspiration for the story and was the location of choice for the world premiere of the series. Producers, writers and the headline cast joined lucky locals for an exclusive viewing of the first episode and won their first of many rave reviews.


There are numerous locations used in the original 1975 series including Porthluney Beach near Hillside for a scene of a horse galloping across the beach.

Some of the many locations used in the filming of the TV Series

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