Over the past 40 years Charlestown has become one of the most popular filming locations in Cornwall. With its resident tall ships, working harbour and grade II* listed granite quays it poses the perfect filming location for period and costume dramas, war sagas and love stories.
The port, designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2006, has long wharves and high walls making it particularly suited for dressing as a backdrop for films old and new. The view out to sea from the harbour is unspoilt so there is no need for concern regarding heavy traffic.
To date, over 100 TV programmes and films have made use of the iconic architecture which has starred in popular dramas such as Dr Who, Taboo and Mansfield Park. The harbour hasn’t gone unnoticed by Hollywood either, with Charlestown appearing in films such as Alice in Wonderland, Rebecca, The Three Musketeers and Treasure Island.
Check out our As Seen On Screen blog post here, where we have detailed over 100 TV shows and films that have filmed here in Charlestown and see if you can spot any of your favourites.
The historic port was used frequently for filming the hit period drama since it first appeared on BBC One in 2015 posing as Poldark’s 18th century Truro Harbour – a role it was perfectly suited for due to its resident tall ships and original granite quays.
Winston Graham’s novels, following the Poldark family and late 18th and early 19th-century life in Cornwall, have been popular since publication and the screen adaptation introduced the canon, and the Cornish landscape, to a whole new audience.
Poldark lovers and film fans will have the chance to get a fascinating glimpse behind the scenes of the filming as part of a unique photographic exhibition which will be on view at the Shipwreck Treasure Museum in Charlestown throughout summer 2020. You can find out more about it here.