Poldark’s third season begins airing in Britain in June. Popular around the world, the TV drama stars Aiden Turner, and is an adaptation of a series of novels by author Winston Graham. It is set and largely filmed in Cornwall, south-west England. Here we reveal eight of the programme’s filming locations including beaches, moors and tin mines: for a more in-depth guide see Visit Cornwall.
Botallack Tin Mines
Cornwall’s history with tin mining dates back to the Bronze Age, with evidence of its industrial past dotted around the county. The mines are a key part in the Poldark plotline, with Poldark himself attempting to restore the tin mine at Botallack back to wealth in series one. Take the easy mile long National Trust Botallack Mining Walk to explore more of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site and take in the area’s dramatic clifftops and crashing waves.
Camel Estuary and Porthcothan
Granted, this area looks quite a lot like the Caribbean, but its turquoise waters belong to Cornwall’s Camel Estuary. The Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is also home to plenty of Poldark’s clifftop scenes, with the shots that pan out around Hawker’s Cove and Porthcothan used to depict Poldark’s Nampara Cove.
It’s the scene that everyone was talking about, when Demelza catches a glimpse of Ross swimming in clear blue waters from the cliff, but it’s the beach that’s caught our eye. Porthgwarra is part of the epic 630-mile-long South West Coast Path, which stretches from Somerset’s Minehead to Poole Harbour in Dorset. When you’re in Porthgwarra don’t miss tucking into an ice-cream or a Cornish pasty at the Portgwarra Cove Café.
Sitting just outside of St. Austell, Charlestown has a Grade II listed working port, which was constructed in the late 18th century. The harbour has recently opened to the public, and visitors can head there to see historic tall-masted ships bobbing about on its waters. Charlestown’s port has not just played a big role in Poldark, it’s also been seen in Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland and Doctor Who. Dip into its maritime history at the Charlestown Shipwreck and Heritage Centre.
St Agnes Head and Wheal Coates
Another spot to step back into Cornwall’s rich tin and mining past is the picturesque St Agnes Head and the nearby Wheal Coates, which boasts an old engine house that stands proudly on the gorse-covered clifftop. When you’re at Wheal Coates and hiking up to see the Towanroath Engine House keep your eyes peeled for seabirds and grey seals.
Made up of wild and windswept grasslands and rocky granite outcrops, Bodmin Moor stretches across 80 square miles. Exterior scenes around Poldark’s cottage are shot here, so the moor and Rough Tor – one of its rocky peaks – are frequently seen on screen.
Cornwall is known for its spectacular beaches – one of those seen on screen is Holywell Bay, which boasts clear waters, crashing waves and sandy dunes. On screen it’s seen as Warleggan’s land and again in dramatic scenes where Ross rescues Francis from being swept out to sea.
Although Cornwall is one of the main stars of Poldark, not all of the series was filmed there. The historic Chavenage House in Tetbury, Gloucestershire, doubles as Trenwith, the Poldark family home. The house was built in 1576, and has its own chapel, which in the series doubled as Sawle Church. Chavenage is under an hour from the vibrant city of Bristol.