Poldark filming locations you can visit in stunning Cornwall

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Poldark Botallack

The long-awaited remake of the popular Poldark series went down a storm after a break of almost 40 years since the final show of the previous series.

Based on the 12 best-selling Poldark novels by Winston Graham, the period drama tells the story of Ross Poldark as he returns from the American Revolutionary War where he was serving as a British Officer. He discovers life has changed dramatically while he has been away, resulting in a series with hardship, intrigue and romance in equal measure.

Playing the lead role of Ross Poldark is Aidan Turner, best known for his roles in TV’s Being Human and cinema’s The Hobbit trilogy. But the love for the series is as much down to the Cornish locations it showcases as to the allure of the leading heartthrob.

Filming has taken place in a number of locations across the South West of England, primarily Cornwall.

For those who’d like to follow in the footsteps of the Poldark cast, we’ve put together a list of the Cornish towns, villages and beaches which took the limelight as filming locations. Enjoy a stay in one of our gorgeous Cornish cottages and make sure these locations feature on your itinerary.

St Breward, Bodmin Moor

Poldark St Breward

St Breward was one of the first locations descended upon by Poldark crew, little pink signs bearing the initials PDK were to be found to alert people to their presence. The little village is nestled into the dramatic Bodmin Moor and boasts the highest church in Cornwall at 700ft!

St Breward is the location of the Poldark family home, and Dwight Enys's Cottage filmed in series two and Poldark Way can both also be found on Bodmin Moor.

Check out our places to stay on Bodmin Moor

Gunwalloe, Lizard Peninsula

This secluded beach near Helston is the backdrop for a shipwreck scene in the first series, filmed during the early hours of the morning. Filming depicts fires being lit to lure unsuspecting vessels in an attempt to pillage their cargo. Gunwalloe is no stranger to coastal crimes, in fact, nearby Dollar Cove is said to be the location of lost Spanish treasure.

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Poldark Mine, Helston

Take an underground tour of this disused mine to discover more about the conditions the miners worked in during the 18th and early 19th centuries, the time in which the Poldark novels are set.

The mine was used for all the underground sequences and a number of the museum's artefacts were used as props and offsite filming including the unique 1844 Ting Tang Tin Mine bell and traditional, old tools.

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Porthgwarra, St Levan

Before it found itself in front of the cameras, Porthgwarra was a relatively unknown cove. A tiny beach is revealed at low tide and a cave runs through part of the cliff, which can be accessed but it is extremely slippery. The steep hidden cove was flooded with camera crews and production assistants for the filming of some Poldark scenes during the first series.

Porthcurno Beach

In series two, Ross and Demelza take a stroll along Nampara Cove during a dream sequence. This scene was filmed on the incredible Porthcurno beach. It’s no surprise this location was chosen for its glorious sandy beach and clear ocean.

Check out our places to stay in Porthcurno

Poldark Charlestown

Poldark Charlestown

Charlestown is somewhat of an old hat when it comes to filming locations. It featured in Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland and an episode of Dr Who, to name but a few. Parts of Poldark have been filmed here due to its historical architecture and collection of old ships at Truro harbour. It is still a working port and is a fascinating place to visit.

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St Agnes’ Head

With many well-preserved engine houses sat on the cliffs and surrounding hillside, St Agnes Head was a great area for filming and was used to showcase the mining era, represented the Nampara Valley and part of Poldarks’ family estate.

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West Wheal Owles Engine House and Botallack Mine

For the purpose of filming, several additions were made to the engine house, but you can visit West Wheal Owles Engine House in its natural state by walking along the section of coast path between Levant and Botallack.

This scenic 3.7 mile cliff top route also takes you past other vestiges of mining history, including the Crown Engine Houses and Botallack Mine where the cast have regularly returned to film scenes for series’ one, two and three. No doubt we’ll see a return during the future series.

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Levant Mine

Tressiders Rolling Mine, where the copper from the Poldark mine is processed, is portrayed by the old Levant Mine. Incredible building took place to transform this derelict property into a seemingly working mine for TV.

Where do we go from here? Locations we already know were used for series four

Aiden Turner has teased a tempestuous and political fourth series and we have the inside scope on places the team have being filming this upcoming series.

The cast have returned to Charlestown for filming. They have also been spotted at Park Head, Penberth Cove and Holywell Bay. It seems there is a great line-up of spectacular backdrops to showcase the dramatic scenes promised in the upcoming fourth series of Poldark.

Special places

The Perranzabuloe Folk Museum, Perranporth

Winston Graham was a patron of The Perranzabuloe Folk Museum for many years and it houses a memorial exhibition for the author. It is close to the chalet where Graham penned his novels.

The Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro

This museum held an exhibition in 2008 to celebrate the life and works of Winston Graham and today it is the place to head if you’re looking for a comprehensive history of Cornwall.

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Posted by Clare on 3rd June 2018