Poldark Country

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.

You can find out more about filming in Charlestown Harbour here. 

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Shipwreck Treasure Museum, Quay Road, Charlestown, St. Austell, Cornwall PL25 3NJ
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