Poldark on location tour
In 18th century Cornwall, times are as tough as the rocky shoreline: unemployment, hunger and sickness are widespread among the working class, while the wealthy landowners prosper. Only one man dares to defy the status quo! Ross Poldark returns for a new season of romance, adventure and risky pursuits. If you have been swept away with this drama based on Winston Graham’s acclaimed novels, then you may want to join us on this on location tour of Poldark’s Cornwall.
Chavenage House and Corsham
Leave London and head to Gloucestershire for a visit to Chavenage House aka Trenwith, the ancestral seat of the Poldark family. After a tour of the house, you will continue to the market town of Corsham in Wiltshire, which was transformed into 18th century Truro for the scene where Captain Ross Poldark rescued his future wife, Demelza, from a gang of thugs. After independent lunch there, you will travel to Exeter for the overnight stop.
Bodmin Moor and Charlestown
Many of the epic shots of Ross riding across the country were filmed around the brooding Bodmin Moor. You will stop at the crossroads seen in the first episode, where Ross first learns of his father’s death and visit St Breward where exterior shots of Nampara, Poldark’s home, were filmed. Afternoon will be spent in the Grade II listed harbour of Charlestown, doubled as Truro in the TV show. With its collection of tall ships, cobbled quay and winding lanes, it feels as though it’s been transported from a bygone era. Your accommodation for next 2 nights will be in Truro.
St Agnes Head and Padstow
Start your day with a visit to St Agnes Head which was used for many of the sweeping Nampara Valley shots. The pretty town clings to the sides of a valley as it bends its way to the sea, and is worth a visit. Then continue northwards and take in the beauty of the Camel Estuary used as Nampara Cove. Afternoon will be free to explore Padstow, a bustling harbour town. Foodies will have a chance to eat at Rick Stein’s Seafood restaurant or one of his various offshoots located around the town.
Lizard Peninsula, Church Cove and Poldark Mine
After breakfast, you will drive to the Lizard Peninsula, stunningly beautiful it has been a continuing source of inspiration for artists and writers. From there, you will head north to Church Cove, the site chosen for Poldark’s gripping late-night wrecking scenes where throngs of actors descended on the shore during the night shoots, lighting torches and fires along the beach. In the afternoon, you will visit the Poldark Mine where underground shots were filmed. It is the only complete underground mine in Devon and Cornwall open to the public. After your very own tour of the mine, you will continue to St Ives area, your base for another 2 nights.
Land’s End, Minack Theatre and Porthgwarra Cove
In the morning, you will visit the famous open-air Minack theatre and then continue to Land’s End, Britain’s most south-westerly point and one of the country’s most famous landmarks. A few miles from there lay tiny Porthgwarra Cove, a wonderfully secluded beach. The slither of golden sand gives way to turquoise waters and it is here that Ross Poldark strips off his clothes to take a cooling dip, while Demelza watches from the cliff top. Before arriving at St Ives this afternoon, you will see the region’s several mines that were starred in the TV show.
Free and Easy in St Ives
Today is your free day to explore St Ives. Wander around the narrow streets in the Artist’s Quarter, visit the delightful Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden or simply relax and watch the world go by.
Morning will be free before taking an afternoon train back to London.
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