Things to do in Cornwall this Autumn
- November 4, 2019
With Autumn almost in full swing, now is the perfect time to embrace Cornwall during its quietest and most restful season. Take…Read More
Fans of the BAFTA winning BBC drama Poldark, will know that not only is the series set in Cornwall but many scenes were also filmed around the county. If you are looking for a spot of sightseeing in the hope of maybe catching a spot of filming in action, or just seeing the sights for real, here is our guide.
Holywell Bay as well as the Gull rocks in the distance, act as the backdrop to many of the beach scenes used in series 3. This huge beach of golden sand backed by grass tufted dunes is a perfect example of the north coast’s wide open bay, and you can see for yourself why this creates such a perfect filming location.
Just six miles from Newquay, Holywell Bay is a small friendly coastal village with two inns, one of them thatched and both of which serve traditional pub food and drink.
Known as Cornwall’s wilderness, Bodmin Moor provides scenes featuring the exterior of Ross Poldark’s rustic cottage, Nampara, as well as horseback scenes riding along the rugged upland. In the very first episode Ross meets Demelza at the meeting of paths just north of the village on Minions (the highest village in Cornwall). No matter what time of year, Bodmin Moor will give you a sense of serenity with its undisturbed natural surroundings.
A short distance away from Minions, you will find The Hurlers, which are three Bronze Age stone circles dating from around 1500BC. It is said that some local men were hurling on the Sabbath and were turned into stone as a punishment.
If you do visit the Bodmin Moor area, it is definitely worth stopping by at the Jamaica Inn. Made world-famous by Daphne du Maurier’s 1936 novel where she describes a hidden world of peril and thrill; this historic coaching house has been welcoming guests for over 300 years. Home to the Smugglers Museum offering one of the finest collections of smuggling artefacts in the country, Jamaica inn is filled with history and enchantment. Featuring ‘The History of Jamaica Inn’, an educational theatre show, the Museum brings alive many of the myths and legends associated with Jamaica Inn and Cornwall, including tales of wreckers and smugglers over the past three centuries.
Grade II listed Charlestown Harbour posed as Truro in the series. With its unique fleet of Tall Ships and original granite quays, the inner and outer harbours provide the perfect film location. There are a number of cafes and restaurants nearby, as well as the Charlestown Shipwreck and Heritage Centre.