'No car needed' guide to Poldark’s Cornwall

Charlestown, Cornwall, poldark

If you don’t fancy saddling up in the style of Ross Poldark and would rather leave travelling by horse and carriage to Caroline Penvenen, then there are still lots of alternatives to exploring Cornwall by car. Many of our scenic branch lines and bus routes connect to reach Poldark locations, or you could jump aboard a boat, strike out on foot or join an organised tour. There are as many options as Ross and Elizabeth have shared lingering stares – and that’s a lot! Here are just a few…

Levant Mine

Levant Mine, near St Just in beautiful west Cornwall, features in Poldark as the fictional Tressiders Rolling Mill. Part of the Cornwall and West Devon Mining World Heritage Site, it is the only Cornish beam engine anywhere in the world that is still in steam on its original mine site.

Getting there: Train to Penzance then the number 10 bus from Penzance bus station (a one-minute walk from the railway station) to Trewellard. The bus journey takes 34 minutes. It’s then a 12-minute walk to the mine.


The quiet sandy coves in Cornwall have always been a haven for smugglers, especially in the 18th century when the Poldark series is set. The scenic Looe Valley Line in south east Cornwall takes you to an area infamous for its smuggling past. Use the line to arrive into Looe by train, and then walk to the village of Polperro along the South West Coast Path. Find out all about one of the most notorious smugglers, ‘Battling Billy’, in the Polperro Smuggling Museum.

Getting there: Train to Looe from Liskeard, then walk along the South West Coast Path for 5 miles to Polperro.


Famed for its collection of tall ships and Grade II listed harbour, Charlestown is the principal port in Poldark. You will almost feel like an extra as you wander around this pretty town with the tall ships majestically sat in the harbour. For anyone interested in the maritime history of our coastline, the Shipwreck Museum is a must.

Getting there: Train to St Austell, then take the number 24 bus which runs direct from the station to Charlestown.

Holywell Bay

The beautiful National Trust beach of Holywell Bay with its towering sand dunes and iconic Gull Rock has starred as a backdrop for many Poldark scenes. In the series, it is owned by the Warleggan’s and sees its fair share of action from flirtatious horse rides to after dark smuggling missions.

Getting there: Train to Newquay then take the number 85 bus for about 30 minutes.

Truro and Turnaware Point

Although not a film location itself, the real city of Truro inspired author Winston Graham and is frequently mentioned on screen with Charlestown and Corsham (Wiltshire) standing in for it looks-wise. Boat trips operate from Truro to Falmouth passing Turnaware Point on the River Fal en-route. In contrast to Truro, Turnaware Point is not named in the series, but Poldark fans may recognise it from series three when it acts as a French location.

Getting there: train to Truro then Enterprise Boats classic river trip to Falmouth. Sailing time 1 – 2 hours.

Poldark tours

For the ultimate Poldark experience sit back and let somebody else do the driving on a Poldark tour. Take your pick from a number of expert tour guide companies and chose from one, two, three day or longer itineraries. Your guide will collect you from your door, share in-depth information on Cornwall and the Poldark locations and, if you catch one that was involved in transporting the cast and crew while filming, may even reveal behind-the-scenes gossip!

Discover more with the new 'Experience Poldark' App

Download our new FREE “Experience Poldark” app from the the App store, it is is packed full of ideas, gossip and fun information to offer a fully immersive Poldark experience. A must-have for fans of the hugely popular series, the Experience Poldark app is an unbeatable travel companion for a Poldark inspired trip to Cornwall and is equally compelling for simply finding out more about the real locations behind lens.

Getting to Cornwall

Back in the 18th Century getting to Cornwall was a long and gruelling journey - now it’s easy peasy. High speed train services run frequently from London Paddington station including the Night Riviera Sleeper Service to Penzance. There are also direct trains daily from Bath, Bristol and from further afield using Cross-Country trains.

Bus and rail coordinate to streamline your onwards journey from Cornish rail stations.

For coach travel, National Express and Megabus operate routes into Cornwall and by air it’s Cornwall Newquay Airport which welcomes flights from across the UK and further afield through several key airlines.

More info:

Great Western Railway 

National Rail

The First Group 

Traveline SW

Newquay Cornwall Airport


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