Beyond Paradise: A guide to film locations in Cornwall

Whilst Cornwall is undoubtedly a draw for outdoors enthusiasts, it’s also an excellent place to visit for fans of TV too. A whole host of films and series have been shot here, which isn’t surprising given its endless amount of jaw-dropping locations. Join us as we take a tour of some exciting film locations in Cornwall.

Top on any list of television filmed in Cornwall has to be Poldark, which we’ve dedicated a whole blog worth of filming locations to visit here.

However, if you’re looking to broaden your cinematic itinerary keep reading for our guide on the top ten filming locations in Cornwall.

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Bodmin Moor

An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Bodmin Moor is known for its rugged landscape, atmospheric scenery and ancient monuments. Home to stone circles and burial mounds it provides evidence of human activity dating back to the Bronze Age. Designated as a Dark Sky Landscape, it is amongst the best locations in the UK for stargazing. It is also a popular destination for walking and hiking amidst dramatic landscapes.

Bodmin Moor was the shooting location for Jamaica Inn, an adaptation of Daphne Du Maurier’s famous novel of the same name, about smuggling and treachery.

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Port Isaac

A picturesque 14th century fishing village on the north coast of Cornwall, Port Isaac is known for its quaint charm, historic harbour, and ocean-side scenery. Characterised by its narrow, winding streets lined with traditional whitewashed cottages it is quintessentially Cornish. The surrounding coastline offers spectacular walking routes, including sections of the South West Coast Path.

Port Isaac became internationally famous following the production of Doc Martin, a series which follows a socially awkward doctor who moves to Cornwall from London.

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Mevagissey

Another 14th century fishing village, this time found on the south coast of Cornwall, Mevagissey is a firm favourite with locals and visitors alike. Its harbour forms the centre of the village and has long been a hub for fishing and trade. It was once one of Cornwall’s busiest fishing ports, known for its pilchard industry. Today, you can still watch the comings and goings of vessels whilst enjoying locally caught fish and chips. For a more in depth understanding, visit Mevagissey Museum which showcases the village’s maritime history including artifacts and photographs.

Mevagissey is also known as the shooting location for Jack Whitehall’s comedy Bad Education, which sees out-of-his-depth teacher Mr Wickers taking his class on a school trip.

Saltash Alice in Wonderland

Saltash

Dating back to the 12th century, Saltash was established by the Normans and has been a key entry point from Devon into Cornwall for almost a millennium. Found on the banks of the River Tamar it is also known for its engineering marvels including the Tamar Bridge and Brunel’s Royal Albert Bridge. Forming part of the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, there are plentiful riverside walks, lush landscapes and historical sites to explore.

In 2010, part of Hollywood Director Tim Burton’s adaptation of Alice in Wonderland was filmed there, starring Johnny Depp, Mia Wasikowska and Helena Bonham Carter.

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St Agnes

St Agnes is set amidst some of Cornwall’s most breathtaking coastal scenery, with towering cliffs, sandy beaches, and hidden coves. It is also part of the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The iconic Wheal Coates Engine House, perched on the cliffs above Chapel Porth, is a striking reminder of the area’s mining history. Walking and cycling trails run through the old mining sites, offering a glimpse into Cornwall’s industrial past.

A nineties cult classic starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and Ewan McGregor, Blue Juice was filmed on the St Agnes Coast. It tells the tale of a local surfer whose weekend is disrupted by friends from London.

Looe Beyond Paradise film locations in cornwall

Looe

Divided in two by the River Looe, East Looe and West Looe are connected by a distinctive seven-arch bridge. This charming coastal town boasts beautiful sandy beaches, with safe swimming waters and rock pools. Also known as St George’s Island, Looe Island is a nature reserve managed by the Cornwall Wildlife Trust. Visitors can take boat trips to the island to explore its natural beauty and learn about its history.

Popular TV series Beyond Paradise is filmed in Looe and follows Detective Inspector Humphrey Goodman after he leaves the Caribbean in search of a quieter life.

Charlestown Poldark

Charlestown

Renowned for its rich maritime history, Charlestown is one of the best-preserved Georgian ports in the UK. It often hosts a collection of historic tall ships, adding to its authentic maritime atmosphere. The Charlestown Shipwreck Treasure Museum offers the chance to learn more, with exhibits on shipwrecks, smuggling, and the local clay industry. Old warehouses, cottages, and inns add to the village’s charm and historical ambiance.

Charlestown was the location for most of the scenes in the BAFTA award-winning Cornish film, BAIT. It follows the story of a struggling fisherman and rising tensions between visitors and locals.

Cadgwith. Ladies in Lavender Cornwall

Cadgwith

Nestled in a steep valley with two small coves, Cadgwith offers stunning views of the rugged Cornish coastline and the open sea. Freshly caught crab, lobster and fish are sold here each day, offering visitors the chance to purchase and enjoy some of the freshest seafood in Cornwall. Cadgwith is set within the Lizard Peninsula, which is home to the most southerly point of the British mainland – Lizard Point. Here the dramatic cliffs are shaped by the full force of the Atlantic Ocean.

Based on William J. Locke’s short story, Ladies in Lavender was filmed here featuring Maggie Smith and Judy Dench. It follows aging sisters Ursula and Janet, whilst they nurse a nearly-drowned man back to health.

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Falmouth

Falmouth is a vibrant port town, home to the third largest natural harbour in the world. It is home to Pendennis Castle, a Tudor fort built by Henry VIII to defend against invasion from the Spanish Armada. Falmouth is also a hub for yachting, hosting some of the most prestigious sailing races in the UK. In addition, the town has a thriving arts scene, being home to a leading arts university and helped along by exhibitions in local galleries.

Brad Pitt’s apocalyptic zombie horror World War Z was filmed in Falmouth in 2011. Falmouth Docks were used to moor a ship where parts of the filming took place.

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St Austell

Famously known as the heart of Cornwall’s china clay industry, St Austell is also home to several beautiful beaches, including Porthpean, Carlyon Bay, and Pentewan Sands. Just a few miles away is the Eden Project, known for its massive biomes which house diverse plant species from around the globe, along with interactive exhibits and educational programs.

Pierce Brosnan’s final Bond film Die Another Day sees him driving through one of the Eden Project’s biomes in an Aston Martin.

Interested in visiting our top ten filming locations in Cornwall, but unsure where to stay? Old Lanwarnick offers award-winning dog-friendly luxury holiday cottages in the heart of Cornwall, perfect for the whole family.

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