Poldark film locations

Poldark Locations

Poldark film locations 

The first series of Poldark was an international hit and with the second instalment airing this September, there is no better time to experience Poldark’s Cornwall. Catch a glimpse of Cornwall on screen, and discover the glistening blue waters, lush countryside and craggy cliffs that sashayed from the background to become the lead star of Poldark. 

Go behind the scenes and discover the towns and beaches that took a turn in the spotlight. 


Holywell (National Trust)

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. 

Porthcurno (National Trust)

Described by some as being a paradise. It’s easy to see why the location manager picked it for Nampara Cove. 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. In episode two, Demelza and Ross find themselves walking along Porthcurno in a dream sequence on a spectacular sunny day. 

Gwennap Head

Just over from Porthgwarra, and Porthcurno sits Gwennap Head. A dramatic headland with panoramic vistas across the Penwith peninsula. With craggy rock formations in the distance and crystal clear waters below, Gwennap Head offers truly breath-taking views and provided the backdrop to some of the shots in series two.   

Kynance Cove (National Trust)

With its pure white sand, turquoise waters and serpentine rock-towers, Kynance Cove makes the perfect setting for Poldark. One of Cornwall’s most famous beaches, it is set to impress on screen when it doubles up as Poldark’s beloved Nampara. At low tide there are sea caves and islands to explore.  

Predannack Wollas, The Lizard (National Trust)

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

Park Head, near Porthcothan (National Trust)

The cliff tops at Park Head offer stunning views across to the towering sea stacks at Bedruthan Steps - an unforgettable view of north Cornwall’s dramatic coast. It’s these very views which appealed to the team creating Poldark, so keep an eye out for scenes featuring Ross on horseback galloping across this very headland.


Charlestown – featured as the maritime port of Truro & Falmouth

Charlestown near St Austell, famed for its collection of ships and traditional appearance, has long caught the attention of location managers and for the filming of Poldark stood for 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. 

Gunwalloe (National Trust)

Gunnwalloe 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. An attractive sandy cove overlooked by the tiny church of St Wynwallow.

Bodmin Moor & St Breward

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 (National Trust)

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

St Agnes Head (National Trust)

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. 

Padstow area

For some of the cliff scenes the filming action moved to the Padstow area. Fans of north Cornwall will recognise Levlizzick, and the spectacular views across the Camel Estuary and Tregirls beach. 


Porthcothan beach near Newquay is a north west-facing cove backed by grassy dunes, and was used as Nampara land along with shots of Hendrawna Beach. 


Once a thriving fishing cove, the beautiful Porthgwarra sits at the heart of St Aubyn Estates and boasts a peaceful existence surrounded by wildflowers and birdlife. The popular scene in series one featuring Ross taking a swim in the crystal clear water while watched from the cliff tops by Demelza was filmed here, as well the pilchard fishing scene and many others. Stop in the Porthgwarra Cove Cafe (seasonal) which refueled the cast and crew during filming.  


Poldark’s Producer Margaret Mitchell and Location Manager David Johnston take viewers on set and behind the scenes, and reveal why the Cornish locations are so integral to the success of the series. Click here to watch the video.

For more Poldark info visit www.visitcornwall.com/poldark

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