Where is Doc Martin filmed?

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Cornwall has been the setting and film location of the much-loved Doc Martin for several years and for holiday makers, it is great fun to walk in the bad-tempered village doctor’s footsteps. But where is Doc Martin filmed?

Port Isaac

Known in the popular TV drama as the community of Portwenn, the pretty fishing village of Port Isaac in North Cornwall is the backdrop of the majority of the filming locations. This includes Doc Martin’s house and the village surgery. You can walk the familiar cobbled streets, and climb the steep hills as if you were walking right through the middle of the set.

You can actually go on a Port Isaac Tour and see hidden paths, historical buildings and locations from Doc Martin.

Pencarrow House and Gardens

Where is Doc Martin filmed?

The beautiful Georgian Manor is where Doc Martin and his now wife, Louise spent their first date together at a classical music concert in series three. Pencarrow House is open to the public so you could enjoy a romantic date in the beautifully-kept gardens for yourself and discover the history and fascinating artworks inside the building.

The Old Inn

Definitely one not to miss off the list, in the fourth series finale, the delivery of Doc Martin’s and Louisa’s baby was shot here. Found in the village of St Breward, between Bodmin and Camelford, not only can you tick this filming location off your list but you can stay for a while at The Old Inn and enjoy a hearty traditional pub meal.

Doyden Castle

Known as Pentire Castle in Doc Martin, this romantic but rural castle is found in Port Quin, a deserted natural harbour, a couple of miles south of Port Isaac, and it features heavily in the dramatic finale of series five. The pharmacist from the village, Mrs Tishall, takes Doc Martin and Louisa’s baby to the tower in an attempt to woo the doctor - she’s expecting a romantic rendezvous, believing now that the baby is hers and Doc Martin's. The scene offers an inside shot of the magnificent Gothic windows and several breathtaking views with the imposing castle standing high upon the cliff.

Fern Cottage

Where is Doc Martin Filmed?

While you can’t go inside Doc Martin’s quaint stone cottage, you can seek it out, have your photograph taken from the front and enjoy the picturesque views over Port Isaac harbour and the pretty village. The inside of the cottage surgery and several other exterior shooting locations are made up inside a large barn, about a mile away from Port Isaac, near Roscarrock Manor Farm.

St Winwalloe

Doc Martin’s widowed Aunt Joan’s funeral in series five was filmed at St Winwalloe Church, a tiny building overlooking Gunwalloe Church Cove, a windswept beach on the west coast of The Lizard.

Port Gaverne

This pretty port neighbours Port Isaac and is frequently used for exterior shots during filming. A tranquil three mile circular walk takes in the beautiful cliff top views between the two.

Other locations

In series one Doc Martin went to a health board meeting at Camelot Castle Hotel in Tintagel, and Lanteglos by Camelford Church was where Doc Martin and Louisa’s ‘almost’ wedding took place in the finale of series three. Dinnabroad Farm in St Treath, known as Dannabroad Farm in the show, was used as Aunty Joan’s farm, an acquaintance of Aunt Joan moored his boat in Padstow Harbour, and Bodmin Parkway, the Royal Cornwall Hospital and Delabole Primary School all make regular appearances too.

If you’re a big fan of Doc Martin, then a holiday in Cornwall is for you, and if you always find yourself wondering where Doc Martin is filmed because you’re always admiring the scenery on the TV, then now you know it’s actually pretty easy to go there yourself. Seek out Doc Martin’s haunts and stay in one of our Port Isaac holiday cottages or view all our cottages in Cornwall to find the ideal base.

Posted by Hannah on 30th November 2018