North Cornwall is known for its beautiful scenic towns, beaches and coastal paths. So beautiful in fact, that it is the backdrop for many films and TV series. Take a look at our guide below to visiting the top film locations around the North Cornish coast.
The internationally loved TV series of Doc Martin has been filmed in North Cornwall the many years it has been running. Capturing the hearts of many, the film locations used in the show have become popular destinations for fans to visit.
The stunning fishing village of Port Isaac is the setting for the series and acts as the main village known as Portwenn in the show. The narrow streets and quaint buildings create a charming atmosphere with the many top filming spots dotted around the village, including Fern Cottage, known as 'Doc Martin’s Surgery' on the hill.
Fern Cottage on the left, also known as 'Doc Martin's Surgery'
We are lucky enough to have three properties in our Port Isaac portfolio that were featured in the series! Albany, a gorgeous three-bedroom bolthole was used as a ‘run-down property’ before it was renovated, Homelands has been used as ‘Aunt Ruth’s House’ in various seasons, and Fronthill House has featured as a children’s nursery.
Filming taking place outside 'Doc Martin's Surgery'
Just around the corner from Port Isaac is the picturesque cove of Port Gaverne, used for many external and beach scenes in Doc Martin. With stunning clifftop walking paths, it will not disappoint. Follow the road directly from Port Isaac to enjoy the beautiful sea views and stop for a pint at the local pub.
Another gorgeous location is Pencarrow House and Gardens, which was used as the location for Doc Martin and Louisa’s first date scene in season three and it is truly a magical place. With the property open to the public from March, it is great for exploring the grounds and fountains, and maybe even enjoy a Cornish cream tea in the sunshine.
The lovely fountains at Pencarrow House and Gardens
The final Doc Martin location is Doyden Castle. This spectacular castle featured in the series as Pentire Castle in season five. It is a wonderful place to visit and simply marvel at the surroundings, enjoy an afternoon stroll or walk the pooch.
James Bond, Die Another Day
The famous James Bond movie starring Pierce Brosnan was shot at two locations in North Cornwall, both just 30 minutes from Rock, Polzeath, Port Isaac and Daymer Bay, and both make for a fun day out with the family!
The first, Holywell Bay, is a charming bay near Newquay and is a fab place to visit, relax on the beach and explore the rock formations. The beach was transformed into a Korean battlefield during production, which was, as you can imagine, very exciting for the locals! Top off your visit with a refreshing pint at the local pub.
The second location, The Eden Project, is famous for its domes and is a wonderful place to spend the day learning about plants from all over the world, taking part in fun events or even seeing live concerts in summer months. The domes were used in the Bond film as Gustav Graves’ ice palace with Hally Berry’s stunt double rappelling down the outside.
This feel-good film about the famous sea shanty singing group, Fisherman’s Friends, follows the true story behind the groups climb to fame. Filmed in 2018, the main location used was the stunning fishing village of Port Isaac and the Platt (harbour). This beautiful hidden gem, surrounded by cliffs with coastal paths and narrow streets is where the group began their journey in 1995 with local performances and signed a record deal with Universal Music in 2010.
They can still be seen performing live on Friday evenings in the summer months on the Platt, a truly perfect setting for their shanties and for this heart warming film. Local pub, The Golden Lion, was featured as a struggling pub in the movie, however is far from that! It is the heart of the village and is always filled with friendly locals.
It is the perfect spot for a hearty lunch and testing local ales. It is also dog-friendly, so your pooch can enjoy it too. Be sure to order a drink from the ‘Bloody Bones Bar’, which has a smuggling tunnel leading down onto a causeway on the beach!
Just annouced - Fisherman's Friends 2 will be released in March 2021 with filming taking place this summer in Port Isaac!
Performing on the Platt during filming - Fisherman's Friends Film Facebook page
Want to see these filming locations for yourself? Take a look at our website here to find a holiday home in North Cornwall or give our team a call on 01208 863206 to book.