Cornwall, England: the landscape behind Poldark

Why go there?

Cornwall is such a crucial part of the story of Poldark that when the original TV series was broadcast in the 1970s, the region saw a huge rise in tourist numbers. And history has now repeated itself, with 26% of all tourists inspired to visit the region by the new adaptation of Winston Graham’s novels. While the show was filmed in parts of Wiltshire, Gloucester and Bristol, most of the production naturally occurred in Cornwall.

One of the main locations was Charlestown near St Austell, which stood in for the historic port of Truro, due to its original Grade II listed harbour. With its collection of traditional tall ships, it’s not surprising that the town was used to recapture the 18th century feel that the series required.

What to see

Cornwall and Poldark go hand-in-hand, so production of the series took place all over the county, just like it had in the 1970s.

Previously, the former tin-mining village of Botallack was used to represent Nampara, Ross Poldark’s ancestral home. While the location managers once again returned to the region to capture the rich mining heritage on the screen, scenes for the new Nampara were actually filmed at several locations including Bodmin Moor, Padstow and St Agnes.

Where to stay or eat

Not far from St Austell is Knightor Winery and Restaurant – ideal for those looking to try wonderful food while surrounded by the beautiful Cornish landscape. Offering wine tours, as well as a first-class restaurant, Knightor Winery takes a ‘New World’ approach to its vineyards combining both local and Antipodean techniques.

The restaurant has already become a prime location for wine aficionados and food lovers, and it’s not hard to see why with local Cornish produce given a unique Mediterranean twist.

How to get there

Taking the A390 to south Cornwall will give you easy access to St Austell, Charlestown and Truro. However, with Botallack right at the tip of the country, you’ll have to take the A394 a bit further down the coast. Still, with the stunning landscape and coastal roads clearly showing why Winston Graham was inspired by his home county, it will not be a drive wasted.

The route