Where is Poldark filmed? Cornwall filming locations for the BBC drama revealed
WITH its rugged scenery, flawless beaches and all-round natural beauty the Cornish landscape has dazzled BBC's Poldark viewers for many years.
Poldark's fifth series is kicking of this SUNDAY (July 14) here are some of the most spectacular backdrops from the show.
Where is Poldark filmed?
Most of the action of the beloved BBC drama takes place against the backdrop of Cornwall's breathtaking coastline and moors.
From historic mines being used for Ross's struggling business to sandy beaches used as a backyard for Demelza, filming crew impressed viewers with the landscape in the show.
And many fans say that the scenery is the true star of the show.
So where are your favourite scenes shot, and how can you visit them in real life?
Where is the real Wheal Leisure mine?
Poldark’s Wheal Leisure Mine has never been short of drama, from lack of funds threatening to shut it down to dangerous injuries sustained inside.
The exterior shots for the coastal mine were filmed at the stunning Botallack Mine, which is a National Trust site near St Just on the Penwith Peninsula.
In particular, Wheal Owles and the iconic Crowns engine houses on the clifftop were used for the struggling mine, meanwhile interior scenes were shot at Poldark Tin Mine.
Wheal Owles was used in real life as a mine in the 1850s, and workers were tasked with extracting tin and minerals from its depths.
Tragedy struck in 1893 when flood water trapped a young boy and 19 men underground.
Their bodies were never recovered from the mine, which shut following the incident.
Fans of the show can enjoy walks in the Botallack National Park.
The South West Coast Path passes through the mine ruins and leads east towards Levant Mine, featured in series two.
It then goes west past Poldark's Wheal Leisure and on to Cape Cornwall.
Where is Poldark’s farmhouse located?
The stunning, stone farmhouse used for the house of the Poldark family, Nampara, was filmed in the village of St Breward.
The village, which is on the west side of Bodmin Moor, boasts the highest church in Cornwall and a well, which is said to cure sore eyes.
Interior shots were filmed elsewhere at Bristol Studios.
If you are looking for the slightly grander Trenwith mansion, where Elizabeth resides, you’ll need to venture outside of Cornwall, as scenes were filmed at the stunning Chavenage House in Gloucestershire.
It's open open to the public from May 1 to September 30, 2019, on Thursdays and Sundays from 2-5pm.
What filming locations were used in Poldark series five?
As well as the regular favourite backdrops, a number of new and exciting spots have been chosen for the latest season of the show.
- Leigh Court, Bristol – Tehidy
- Redcliffe Caves Bristol – Interior Mine
- Holcombe Church, Somerset – Sawle Church
- The Kasekelot in Bristol docks – as the main ship exterior interior
- Leigh Chancel, Wiltshire – Old Meeting House
- Dyrham Park, South Gloucestershire – Warleggan Town House
- Wells Town Hall, Somerset – Warleggan Bank
Key filming locations
Poldark's land of Nampara Cove – Porthcurno and St Agnes
Fans may recognise the picturesque cove that is located close to Poldark’s house.
Described by many as being a paradise, Porthcurno was used for the fictional Nampara Cove.
Demelza and Ross have previously been filmed walking along a soft sand beach that is framed by impressive high cliffs either side.
The historic engines housed along the cliffs of St Agnes Head were chosen to be part of Poldark’s family estate of Nampara Valley.
Poldark’s wild moors – Bodmin Moor
If you are looking for rugged scenery, you’d be hard pressed to find a more dramatic spot in Cornwall than Bodmin Moor.
Cast and crew spent lots of their time filming panoramic scenes in the natural area, which forms a striking backdrop to mirror the dramatic storylines.
Many of the horseriding shots across the moors were taken here as riders “approached Poldark’s home.”
The town of Truro – Charlestown
The area of Charlestown near St Austell doubles up as Cornwall’s city of Truro.
Wander through its Grade II Listed harbour, which features numerous Tall Ships and is famed for its traditional appearance.
As well as being the backdrop for Truro, it is also is the setting for Falmouth, where Captain Andrew Blamey lived and where he eloped with Verity Poldark.
Poldark’s naked swim – Porthgwarra
Remember the scene where a chiselled Poldark stripped off and went for a swim in the sea?
The once-thriving fishing cove of Porthgwarra was used for the spot, and was filmed from the cliffs above as Demelza watched his dip.
Porthgwarra was also used for the tunnel to the place that Ross kept his boat that was used by Mark Daniels when he escaped capture for the accidental killing of his wife, Keren.
The cove is flanked by beautiful grassy dunes which are a haven for wildflowers and varied bird life.
Tressiders Rolling Mill – Levant Mine
While Owles and Crowns near Botallack were used for Ross Poldark's Wheal Leisure, cameras headed to Levant Mill for the fictional Tressiders Rolling Mill.
The spectacular historic landmark is owned by the National Trust, just like Wheal Owles.
The towering cliffs amplified the danger of the coastal mining locations in the drama.
Shipwreck site – Gunwalloe
Viewers may recall the dramatic episode when Ross and his comrades went plundering washed up treasure and goods from a shipwreck at night.
Church Cove along the Lizard Peninsula was used for the scene when the BBC chose its filming spots.
The cove was named after a 5th-century church hidden in the cliffs on the north side of the beach.
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What time is Poldark on this Sunday?
Poldark series 5 begins THIS SUNDAY (July 14, 2019) at 9pm on BBC1.
Yes, the hunky captain is returning for eight episodes to keep us all entertained on Sunday evenings.
Once each episode has aired you'll be able to also catch it on the BBC iPlayer.
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